By Tom Turpin
Behind the Scenes at David Miller Co.
This is the e-book the taking pictures activities has been expecting because the first maker positioned his personal customized touches to rifles.
Featuring hundreds and hundreds of full-color photographs, illustrating the method and highlighting comprehensive artistic endeavors, Custom Rifles: Mastery of wooden & Metal is greater than an unique and informative publication approximately customized rifles and the way they're made. It additionally serves as a map to assist gun fanatics and makers navigate the nuances of turning wooden and steel into the sensible paintings of an outstanding customized rifle. This variation will solution many questions and supply perception into the area of precision and customized gun craft:
- What approximately rifle stocks?
- Where does the barrel healthy into the picture?
- How does functionality dictate shape in gunmaking?
Although the ebook recognizes a few customized rifle makers, it addresses the various features of the paintings through targeting the works and techniques of David Miller Co. of Tucson, Arizona. This store has been instrumental in several advances in customized rifle paintings in the course of fresh decades.
Custom Rifles: Mastery of wooden & Metal is a tribute to all that's superlative within the making of customized bolt-action rifles. No different publication on the earth covers David Miller Co. or customized weapons within the similar means. really, this e-book presents a different perception into one of many prime customized rifle construction operations of all time.
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Uses a machine that Curt and David made in their Tucson shop. Stockmaker John Mercer uses a Hoenig machine; Frank Wells uses a Dakota machine; and newcomer Shane Thompson uses a “highly tuned” Dakota machine and has a Hoenig pantograph on order. The Hoenig is not replacing the Dakota, but is an addition to it. A number of stockmakers don’t have their own pantographs, and hire others who do to turn their blanks for them. Al Lind and David Miller, for example, tell me that they turn a large number of blanks for others.
Generally, the forend will be centered in the blank and the butt will favor the right side of the blank to allow for the cheekpiece. Depending on the thickness of the blank, there can be considerable leeway at this stage to maneuver the blank in taking advantage of figure, grain flow, cast requirements and toe-in or toe-out requirements. If the blank is skimpily cut, as most are today, the amount of leeway possible might be minimal. Once the blank is profiled and the holding fixture holes drilled, he installs the blank and the pattern stock in the pantograph.
Occasionally, when a client needed a left-handed rifle, a much-modified Remington Model 700 action was used — not much else was available at the time for the southpaw. These days, almost all Miller rifles are built on a substantially modified but currently manufactured Winchester Model 70 classic action. Once in awhile, when a client insists, Dave and Curt will craft a rifle using a Weatherby Mark V action. These are uncommon though. I don’t believe the David Miller Co. has used a left-hand Remington since USRAC started making their left-hand actions.