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#1 Xzuatl

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 10:54 AM

I bought a new Stevens Model 200 in .308 with my government cheese and wanted to give you guys a chance to see the transformation. I will take it from the best cheap rifle available to a 1st class shooter in the end.

I am very happy with it. The weight and ergonomics are excellent. It comes to the shoulder nicely. The trigger is great, no creep, breaks clean, but it is a tad heavy though it can be adjusted. The factory stock on the Stevens has a hollow butt with a square of styrofoam in it. I pulled that out and filled it with a liquid spray foam. The fore end has a little play in it, but not unusable. The barrel is fully free floating. I am going to take it to the range this weekend to do a short barrel break in and then get a accuracy base line. Next comes Pahse II, bedding the action, lightening the trigger, adding a limbsaver pad, bondo-modding the stock, and doing a camo job. Pics will accompany the post as soon as I get to it.

5/17/08
I scoped it with a Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40 and slinged it Saturday and headed off to the range.
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I fired 50 rounds breaking in the barrel, getting it zeroed, and trying out some 150 and 180 grain winchester soft points. The rifle is pretty light, so the recoil and muzzle jump was pretty severe, my shoulder was killing me by the time I shot my 5 round group. You can see the result of my flinching with shot #3. The heavy trigger was also a problem. The trigger and the flinching became clearly apparent when I unknowingly attempted a shot without a round in the chamber. I was amazed at how badly I was yanking the shot. I was shooting off of my rolled up soft rifle case at a range table, so I was muscling the rifle while aiming to boot. Anyway here is my 5 round group using federal gold match 168gr bthp at 100 yards, cross winds about 8 mph..


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This rifle is much better than I am, I cant wait to mod it up .

05/22-23: Taking the plunge.
I decided to add some support to the fore end, so I cut an aluminum arrow, and screwed it into place on both sides. This will also give the bondo something to hold on to.

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I also put in some screws for weight and support on the cheek rest.

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Next comes the bondo. I clamped a wooden flat wrapped in wax paper to the bottom of the fore end to help shape the bondo.

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Saturday, I will file, sand, and shape it all, added filler where needed. So I will either have a nice modded stock this weekend, or I'll be ordering a new one.

05/29/08
I have finished the rough sanding, now just have to fill in some gaps and fine sand. I put some more aluminum rods with bondo in the well on the interior of the stock.

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06/06/08
Finished sanding, primed (Rust-Oleum Plastic primer) and painted the stock. Painted the base layer of the barrel and receiver. I used brown Rust-Oleum MultiColor Textured spray paint. I have used Rust-Oleum before on project rifles and it really holds up well. I sprayed a light coat and then let it cure, then repeat. Next task it to prep the stock for bedding.

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Notice the modded bedding screws (hex nuts minus the hex) to allow a nice seating for the bedding.

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Two picks of the bedding prep work and a dry run. The tape around the barrel is to make sure that is stays fully floating.Hopefully one bedding run will do the trick.

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And now a pic of the finished bedding pre-trim. I used J BWeld since it was readily available for the bedding and the neutral kiwi was an excellent release agent. With the bedding looking good, I used the rest of the J BWeld in the well in front of the lug to help give the stock some more support.

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And now the finished product! I used Krylon Satin Crystal Clear Acrylic spray for a tough finish.

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Edited by Xzuatl, 08 June 2008 - 01:32 PM.


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#2 handyrandyrc

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:40 AM

Very very nice work. Looking forward to seeing some potential here, and results after the modifications, both in looks as well as to see if any accuracy improvement is noticed.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 11:59 AM

I salute you, and your giant cojones! No way I could goop up my stock like that and end up with anything useful! B)
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#4 Xzuatl

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:06 PM

I salute you, and your giant cojones! No way I could goop up my stock like that and end up with anything useful! B)


We have yet to see if I am brilliant or stupid. But to be fair, I did have some inspiration. :)

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:51 PM

That tupperware stock is the only thing I don't really care for on my savage .308. I've got some .308 loads that do great in my 1-10 twist .308. 155 gr sierra hpbt, 47 gr varget in winchester cases, soft seated. Also 175 gr sierra hpbt, 45 gr varget in winchester cases also soft seated. I messed around with the seating going from .015 off the lands to jamming the bullet and soft seated works best in my rifle. Both of these loads have given me sub-moa groups approaching 1/2 moa. If I was a better shooter I bet it would be closer to 1/4 moa. This is from a stock rifle. BTW those loads are max loads and should be worked up to carefully.

I've been wanting to get a thumbhole stock for this rifle and I thought about doing the bondo thing but I think I would just screw it up. Also I got a Past recoil pad to help with the recoil on my 300 win mag and my son uses it when he shoots the SKS. It took me almost a whole year to get rid of the flinch the stupid 300 win mag gave me. The 308 is like a "swedish massage" compared to the win mag.
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#6 Xzuatl

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 10:33 AM

Update: Finished sanding and base painting...

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:37 AM

Nice rifle. I had a Savage 110, .270. I wanted to get a McMillan A2 tactical stock for it, but damn.... really expensive. What your doing seems like a much more affordable alternative.

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#8 Xzuatl

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:56 AM

Nice rifle. I had a Savage 110, .270. I wanted to get a McMillan A2 tactical stock for it, but damn.... really expensive. What your doing seems like a much more affordable alternative.


I would love a McMillan and a Shilen barrel. But that is a little ways down the road. :) In total I spent less than $40 on this stock mod project.

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#9 Xzuatl

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 05:48 PM

Well I am done. I plan on putting more detail into the first post, but that will have to wait a bit. Anyway here is the before:

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And after...

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:32 PM

Very good, especially for the price!
Let us know what kind of difference it makes at the range!
Andy

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"Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a Great Leap Forward that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children. In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy's mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state's mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous." ~ Robert Higgs

#11 Xzuatl

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 01:53 PM

Very good, especially for the price!
Let us know what kind of difference it makes at the range!


Thanks, I am chomping at the bit to get to the range. Unfortunately it will have to wait til next weekend. :(

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