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Old 05-26-2004, 12:09 PM
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I just noticed this on a couple of other forums. Thought some of you may be interested.

New Farquharson action kits just received and ready to finish fitting and barreling.
I talked to Leonard Bull a retired instructor at TSJC , Trinidad and he has gotten the 1897 Model Westly Richards copy of the Farquharson kits from the casting company. These are investment castings of 8620 steel and will be good for engraving and color hardening. I don't know how much work is involved to complete the action, but anyone wanting to know more should email
: [email protected]
They will have a web site up shortly and I will let everyone know the location. These project actions will not be for a beginner. I haven't seen the castings, but he says they a very good in quality. Their is a class at TSJC coming up on completing the action with Leonard teaching. If interested contact the NRA summer school classes coordinator at Trinidad State Jr. College. The price of the kit is about $350. It you email make sure the subject is: (Farquharson Action Kits)
I have emailed Leonard and if anyone is interested, I'll report more information as I receive it.
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:22 AM
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Exclamation Interesting!

Please DO post any updates, links and news about these and any other kits as they appear. I've thought for a very long time, that it should be very easy to make good quality actions from precision investment castings like the one you posted...

Is there a list or partial list of rifle or pistol cartridges that would be suitable for this action? What are your thoughts in this regard - anyone?

TIA!!
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Old 06-27-2004, 12:01 PM
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Gowge,
I did receive some updates on these kits. Basically these actions are straight from the mold. No threads have been cut, no finish work has been done. It would take someone with the right tools, time, and knowledge to turn these into working actions.

Here's the update:
We currently have a limited number of Farquharson action kits available.
The kit consists of 11 castings and a complete set of instructions. All
pins, screws and springs as well as the swivel are made by the builder. The
main receiver has been made slightly larger to provide a greater safety
margin. However, it can be machined down to the original size.
Construction options available to the builder include firing pin
improvements, stock mounting, safety and possible Quick Take Down
construction. The QTD version requires a different receiver.

An experienced machinist/gunsmith shoould be able to complete this project
in a few short weeks. In addition, since we have no control over
construction of these actions, we must of necessity make the following
notification:
This kit is offered for INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Introductory pricing for the kit is $368.00 which includes shipping and
handling.

We originally had these kits cast overseas. After receiving the first
order, we found a couple of small errors in the castings. These errors are
easily corrected via TIG welding.

Due to unreasonable delays caused by the US govt, we had the molds shipped
to us. The aforementioned errors mentioned have been corrected and all
future kits will be cast here in the US. The molds are now in the hands of
our US supllier and we are awaiting word as to when we will have more kits
available.

The delays also created problems insofar as the instructions haven't been
completed. Enough are done (about 15 pages of instructions, drawings and
photos) that one should have no problem getting well along towards building
an action.

In the event you desire to purchase a kit, please make out a check or money
order to Action Castings, LLC and mail to:

Action Castings, LLC 407 Goddard, Trinidad, CO 81082

We also suggest you request having the latest instructions sent via email at
the time you place your order. We have found this to be the most expedient
method until the printed version is complete.

Sincerely Yours,

Gordon Robertson
Action Castings, LLC


You might even wish to add a few extra notes:

The action kits are currently cast from 8620 steel alloy. This alloy is
great for color case hardening. I'm sending along a couple of photos of the
one I built from scratch using 8620 solid bar stock. Now that we have a US
supplier, we plan on making the kits available (on special order) in both
stainless steel and 4130 steel.

Also, the Quick Take Down version won't be available until we get some
samples from our supplier as this feature require the supplier to make a
special small mold in order to add material to the front of the castings.

The action is suitable only for flanged cartridges having a maximum flange
OD of less than 3/4".

Gordon


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Old 07-17-2004, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by alyeska338
Gowge,
I did receive some updates on these kits. Basically these actions are straight from the mold. No threads have been cut, no finish work has been done. It would take someone with the right tools, time, and knowledge to turn these into working actions.

Here's the update:
We currently have a limited number of Farquharson action kits available.
The kit consists of 11 castings and a complete set of instructions. All
pins, screws and springs as well as the swivel are made by the builder. The
main receiver has been made slightly larger to provide a greater safety
margin. However, it can be machined down to the original size.
Construction options available to the builder include firing pin
improvements, stock mounting, safety and possible Quick Take Down
construction. The QTD version requires a different receiver.

An experienced machinist/gunsmith shoould be able to complete this project
in a few short weeks. In addition, since we have no control over
construction of these actions, we must of necessity make the following
notification:
This kit is offered for INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Introductory pricing for the kit is $368.00 which includes shipping and
handling.

We originally had these kits cast overseas. After receiving the first
order, we found a couple of small errors in the castings. These errors are
easily corrected via TIG welding.

Due to unreasonable delays caused by the US govt, we had the molds shipped
to us. The aforementioned errors mentioned have been corrected and all
future kits will be cast here in the US. The molds are now in the hands of
our US supllier and we are awaiting word as to when we will have more kits
available.

The delays also created problems insofar as the instructions haven't been
completed. Enough are done (about 15 pages of instructions, drawings and
photos) that one should have no problem getting well along towards building
an action.

In the event you desire to purchase a kit, please make out a check or money
order to Action Castings, LLC and mail to:

Action Castings, LLC 407 Goddard, Trinidad, CO 81082

We also suggest you request having the latest instructions sent via email at
the time you place your order. We have found this to be the most expedient
method until the printed version is complete.

Sincerely Yours,

Gordon Robertson
Action Castings, LLC


You might even wish to add a few extra notes:

The action kits are currently cast from 8620 steel alloy. This alloy is
great for color case hardening. I'm sending along a couple of photos of the
one I built from scratch using 8620 solid bar stock. Now that we have a US
supplier, we plan on making the kits available (on special order) in both
stainless steel and 4130 steel.

Also, the Quick Take Down version won't be available until we get some
samples from our supplier as this feature require the supplier to make a
special small mold in order to add material to the front of the castings.

The action is suitable only for flanged cartridges having a maximum flange
OD of less than 3/4".

Thanks very much....I am very interested....please continue the posting....

Mike Cress
MTM Engraving
Rolla, Mo

Gordon



Thanks for the info...I am very much interested...please continue to update the posting.....

regards,

Mike Cress
MTM Engraving
Rolla, Mo
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Old 07-17-2004, 09:34 PM
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Mike,
These were originally cast for Leonard Bull's singleshot rifle making class at Trinidad. I don't have any further information, but did find the course information.
http://www.trinidadstate.edu/nra/too...Farquerson.doc

Here's Action Castings website:
http://www.actioncastings.us/

I'm sure if you contact them directly, they could provide much more information than I have. It's a very interesting concept, though I don't have the tools, and doubtful I have the skills to these kits from their deliverable form to an actual working rifle, so I have just kind of forgotten about it.
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Old 08-10-2004, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by alyeska338
I just noticed this on a couple of other forums. Thought some of you may be interested.

New Farquharson action kits just received and ready to finish fitting and barreling.
I talked to Leonard Bull a retired instructor at TSJC , Trinidad and he has gotten the 1897 Model Westly Richards copy of the Farquharson kits from the casting company. These are investment castings of 8620 steel and will be good for engraving and color hardening. I don't know how much work is involved to complete the action, but anyone wanting to know more should email
: [email protected]
They will have a web site up shortly and I will let everyone know the location. These project actions will not be for a beginner. I haven't seen the castings, but he says they a very good in quality. Their is a class at TSJC coming up on completing the action with Leonard teaching. If interested contact the NRA summer school classes coordinator at Trinidad State Jr. College. The price of the kit is about $350. It you email make sure the subject is: (Farquharson Action Kits)
I have emailed Leonard and if anyone is interested, I'll report more information as I receive it.
Alyeska338 -

Thanks for your input and the information. Maybe when I retire I'll have the time to try my hand. Always wanted a Farquarson in .500 Nitro!

Bluesman
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