January 7th, 2009

Cayle's Barrel-Block 22-250AI Pistol

Here’s an innovative and handsome piece of workmanship by Cayle Davis, whose company, C&J Machine, builds advanced rests for precision pistols. Shown below is a brand new barrel-block pistol on one of Cayle’s rests. Cayle tells us: “Here’s another project I just finished today. It’s a barrel clamp pistol, built on an XP-100 action, with a Hart 2 oz. trigger. The action is completely floated. The gun is chambered as a 22-250 Ackley Improved with a .250″ neck. Fitted is a 1:7″ twist, 1.2″-diameter, straight-contour, 18″ Douglas barrel. I think this may be a first… I hope it shoots!”

C&J Machine XP100 pistol

C&J Machine XP100 pistol

To learn more about this gun, or if you’re interested in the one-piece rest, contact Cayle via email: xpfuzz [at] consolidated.net, or you can write to the address below:

Cayle Davis — C & J Machine
Box 18
Palmer, IL 62556
Phone: (217) 827-0588

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January 7th, 2009

Forum Classifieds Feature Work of Top Smiths

There are some nice items up for sale right now in our Forum Classifieds at tempting prices, with gunsmithing done by some of America’s top smiths. Here are a couple highlights from the Classifieds. The first is a barrel-block long-range gun smithed by Jerry Simison. The second is a high-power stock crafted by Alex Sitman.

6-6.5×47 Long-Range Rifle with Barrel Block
Bill B. (aka “338 Laz”) is offering a handsome 6mm Coyote (6.5×47 Lapua necked to 6mm) long-range rifle with a barrel block. This gun was chambered by Jerry Simison, (218) 532-7007, with barrel block and fitting By Tony Larson (both highly respected smiths). The gun features a Remington 721 action, and a Krieger 1:8″ twist barrel, with .275″ chamber neck. Bill reports: “I used it for my first year at 1000-yard benchrest shooting. Won a match with it and was always in the running I did my part. It has about 500 rounds through it. Comes with Brass. Jerry’s will make some dies for you if you want.” The price is $1600.00. Email bill.behnke [at] yahoo.com for questions. CLICK HERE for more pictures.

6-6.5x47 rifle

6-6.5x47 rifle

Master Class High Power Stock (left-hand)
Here’s a selection for you South-Paws. You may know that Alex Sitman of Master Class Stocks does some of the best stock-work in the country. But his work is in high demand so you can expect to wait months for custom projects. Here’s a High Power match stock that sold for $900 new. It’s now offered for just $495. Seller SwedeJohn reports “This stock has been shortened somewhat and the cheek piece has been sanded. It is bedded for Rem 700 Short Action.” Email fiveptjon [at] aol.com with questions. CLICK HERE for more photos.

master class left high power stock

master class left high power stock

master class left high power stock

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January 7th, 2009

Timney Introduces New Trigger for Ruger 10/22

Next week, at SHOT Show, Timney Triggers will introduce a new single-stage, drop-in trigger for the popular Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle. The Timney 10/22 trigger will retail for $149.99 and is available for purchase immediately. Here’s the good news. The trigger should be smooth and crisp, as it features Teflon-nickel coated internals, cut with ultra-precise, state-of-the art EDM equipment. The Timney 10/22 trigger is “Made in the USA” and carries a lifetime warranty.

The bad news? On Timney’s web site, the trigger pull weight is listed at three (3) pounds. Timney has not revealed whether the pull weight can be adjusted down from that level. If not, somebody should send the engineers at Timney “back to the drawing board”.

Disappointing 3-pound Trigger Pull
No matter how “smooth and crisp”, a 3-pound pull is not a huge improvement over a factory Ruger trigger. At $149.99, the new Timney 10/22 trigger costs nearly half as much as a bare-bones 10/22 rifle. Will shooters pay this much for a 3-pound trigger?

Consider that Volquartsen’s HP Action Kit for the 10/22 costs $125.00, and will take the Ruger trigger down to about 2.25 pounds. The Volquartsen unit also features an EDM-machined disconnector and sear, plus a target trigger with overtravel adjustment.

Timney may have “missed the boat” on this one. If we were to market a trigger upgrade for a 10/22 we’d want the unit to adjust down to 1.5 pounds or less. Certainly there may be shortcomings in the 10/22’s basic design that make it difficult to go this low, but why bother to bring out a fairly pricey aftermarket trigger, if 3 pounds is the best it can do?

Other New Trigger Designs for 2009
Since last March, Timney has asked shooters: “What trigger would you like us to build next?” This year’s “Customer’s Choice” Timney Triggers will be Mosin Nagant and Husqvarna replacement triggers. Both will be offered for sale in Spring 2009.For more information on Timney Triggers’ line of over 75 replacement triggers, call 1-866-4TIMNEY, or visit TimneyTriggers.com.

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