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I was given one of these actions at a shoot 2 months ago.

No finish on it at all but it looked and felt great.

I took it to a gunsmith and he pronounced it OK to rebarrel.

I received it back last Friday.

It is now sitting in front of me. It has a Badger full octagonal 34" barrel.

Reamed for 45-70. Headspaced. Dovetail cut for frontsight and tang tapped for the Soule sight.

The 'smith did a little work on the trigger and now it breaks at a very crisp 2 1/2 lbs.

I just received an e-mail letting me know that the Soule rear sight and the tunnel foresight are being posted to me tomorrow.

I've arranged for a stock and forearm to be ordered from the US for the rifle. Should arrive in 2-3 weeks.

The only thing I am missing is the piece of metal that dovetails to the underside of the barrel to which the forearm is screwed.

If any one out there has such an item they do not require please could they get in touch with me. Or knows where it may be obtained.

Once I have all the parts I will commence the final finishing.

I plan on "browning " the barrel. The action I am going to leave alone. Its lasted over 100 years as it is and out of respect for it I will not "tart" it up.

The woodwork is unfinished so I plan on giving it an "old English" oil finish. Takes a lot of time but looks really fine once done.

I have worked out that all together the "rebuild" of this original action, will cost me about $1200 New Zealand (US$900), I could have bought an Italian replica for about $2000NZ but to me it wouldnt have the soul that this fine old action has. My first custom but the experience has left me wanting to do more of this in the future. I would love to learn how to do more of the farmed out work myself.

To the person who started this thread I can only say that going by my own personal experience that he should go for it. Immensely satisfying and well worth the work.

Dai.S.Loe (Chris)
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