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Old 03-30-2007, 08:17 PM
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Thinking about building a single shot rifle. Any ideas about a reasonably priced reciever?
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:27 PM
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DBox are you going to build a single shot bolt action such as a bench rest rifle or are you building a falling block such as the Ruger #1?

Brownell's has the Ruger #1 actions if that's what your looking for. Otherwise the Stolle Panda bench rest actions are the top of the line for a bolt single shot.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:32 PM
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Planning on a falling block but open to others. I have a 26 inch 38-55 barrel that I bought for another project before going with another barrel. I don't need top of the line but something I can hunt and maybe target shoot with. Thanks.
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Old 04-21-2007, 10:28 AM
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Are you a machinist and have access to lath, mill, shaper, ect? I have a friend who is into building Farckharsen (not spelled properly) single shots. I think if you are looking for cheap a rolling block might be worth looking into. I dont know of a real cheap single shot. My expearence has found you can get bolt guns a lot cheaper. You have to just love a single shot to build your own. My friend has spent a huge amount of money on cnc machines, heatreating, EDM, investment casting and three years later has not got the first one out the door but he loves the challenge. The gun that is the closest to being finnished is a work of art. He has even traveled to see an original and take demensions. I bought a new production Winchester high wall .38-55 it was the easy way out and I'm shooting it. Good luck!
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:25 PM
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Think about this. Sarco has some FN Mauser single shot actions. The should have a solid receiver with no cut out for the magizine. You would have to heat treat the action but that is not a big deal. Here is the Sarco description.

Original Commercial FN Mauser '98 Single Shot Receivers - We had about 50 of these before and just found a few more mixed in with other receivers. These are exotic dinosaurs. Only a handful left, 90% finished and need heat treat. Metallurgical knowledge necessary for heat-treat.... (was $125.00) Now $65.00 ea, 3/$180.00 GUN059

The price is right. Back in the fifties they sleeved this action and used them for bench rest competition. Also used for varmit rifles without the sleeve.

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Old 04-21-2007, 12:40 PM
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If it were me, I guess I'd start browsing the gun auction/sell sites and look for used single shot rifles. Not much goes wrong with the actions and sometimes complete used rifles can be had for less than new actions or barreled actions. There are several types of singleshot actions available today, especially if you are willing to buy used. Some fairly inexpensive and others that are as expensive as you are willing to spend.

An incomplete list of some different types would be:
Sharps (of different models)
Rolling blocks
High Walls
Low Walls
Westley Richards 1897
Ruger No.1 & No.3 (same action)
Butch Searcy
Jimmy Johnson (several different models)
Steve Earle's Wesson (several different models)

Figure out which one you would like to build a rifle around, or fits your budget the best and go from there. An internet search of these actions should bring up an image or two. I suspect a large frame martini might be the most economical route to go, but you typically don't get a safety on those.
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Old 04-21-2007, 05:07 PM
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If you want to build a gun, that's fine but if you're looking for the most economical route, you can get an H&R target model in .38-55 for like $400. Also have the choice of other H&R's in many different cal's or Izhevsky Baikal single for around $350 double for around $600.

Action choice is totally up to you if you're going to build, the Mauser's are definitely priced right if you have access to the proper heat treating equipment, not something you should try doing at home with a torch. Any bolt action will work provided the bolt face is close enough to work with (I'm half tempted to build a .45-70 on a Mosin-Nagant chassis just to say I did it).

Ruger #1 would likely be cheaper than a high/low wall but all are a good choice.

I'd avoid buying any used action without inspecting it first. Some people can really bugger up their guns.
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:05 PM
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I have a pretty decent shop with lathe and drill press but no milling machine but I have a good friend who has a full machine shop. I've been looking at differant ways to do this and have decided that I'll probably keep looking until I run up on a rifle that I can "restore" and put my barrel on. I really appreciate the input. It will be used.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:52 AM
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On the un-heattreated Mauser actions, do we know what the material is? Heat treating would be kind of iffy without knowing the material.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:36 PM
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On the un-heattreated Mauser actions, do we know what the material is? Heat treating would be kind of iffy without knowing the material.
The heat treating of Mauser actions should be done by a professional heat treatment shop that specializes in this work. Steve Heilman does this work or can direct you to a shop.

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Old 05-14-2007, 04:55 PM
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alyeska, I saw the used rifle route being the best for me. I'm busy here right now but plan on finding some gun shows and hitting the pawn shops and such. This is a good time of year to buy used guns here with hunting seasons closed. I wouldn't mind a bolt action 45-70. How about the SMLE Enfields that came out a while back? Thanks guys for all the input.
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