GOT IT...came in yesterday, I finished my busy-mess early and I got to the shop just before it closed.
I'm going to be very happy with this toy. Couldn't find but one tiny hiccup that will become "character" over time.
Can't see why the hoohaw over the fit and finish...absolutely nothing wrong that I could find even in the machine checkering...nice sharp diamonds, no overruns on either the stock or forend...and I looked with a 5x magnifying glass.
Any comparison to a Sharps Rifle Co rifle is ludicrous...at 4 times the cost I paid...like comparing a Turnbull restoration to an off the shelf levergun...they are not even in the same state comparatively speaking.
As far as I can tell, I would classify this rifle as "excellent" as compared to any other "production" rifle I've looked at...CZ, Rem, Win, Savage, etc...as far as fit/finish/wood/bluing/machining and so forth.
The wood is OK, not a lot of figure as I expected, this being a production rifle.
The action worked smooth, no slop where it shouldn't be...firing pin DOESN'T need to be bushed and has a return spring so it doesn't stick out after firing...but it would still be safer to half cock it before opening the action, just in case the spring does break or brass/junk happens to get in around the pin and hole.
I fired 3 rounds, AA4350/475gr BT, ~16KPSI/1800fs, just to see where the sights were situated...all shots hit just ~12" low at ~100yds but the windage was correct...probably would have been right on at 50 yds...good enough to start chrono work.
Gun weighs 10-11 lbs...plenty good, but even at this low a velo it will get your attention if you don't get a tight hold.
I definitely needs some king of cheek "softener" for my cheek configuration...I did get 3 good thumps. It also needs a good lace/slipon recoil pad to help with that mean steel butt plate. Already on my order list along with more boolits and powder.
AA4350 is a bit "dirty" with the residue, but it is soft and comes out quick...AA4350 and AA2495 both end up as the "goto" powders, giving the highest velos.
This is a stong action...lots of meat on the barrel and "receiver ring"...the only possible weak place is the "firing pin pusher"(Armisport nomenclature) transfer bar, firing pin hole...gas from a blow primer could blow that part out and upwards, possibly into the face of the shooter.
This cartridge, as is, keeping within the proof pressure limit of 29KPSI and 475-650 gr bullets will provide enough whack to take out a T-Rex anytime day or night. AA2495 will get you ~2250fs with a 475 gr bullet at just below 29KPSI...according to QL...your/my results may vary.
I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!