I've been experimenting with powder coated cast bullets in a .17 cal. rifle as many of you know who have read my posts. Well, as of today I have another .17 rifle. I bought a little custom .17 Ackley Bee built on a Martini action. It has a heavy 23 1/2 inch barrel of what manufacture I don't know. The bore looks great, when viewed with my shop built bore scope. The action has all matching numbers and is in the best mechanical condition of any Martini that I have owned. It was a center fire rifle to begin with which alleviates most of the problems of most Martini conversions that I have ever owned. The firing pin hole is bushed as it should be and has a smaller diameter firing pin. The ones that I have owned previously were rimfire conversions and I would consider them junk until I completely rebuilt them. It has the most unusual scope mounting system that I have ever seen. Mechanically I believe it to be a superb job but it has some ugly wood on it but it can be reshaped to make a very attractive rifle. Even though the wood is ugly I'm not going to pretty it up until I shoot it a lot. I'm bad to get a project going and then start making the wood and metal or the rifle itself like I think it should be and then I get sidetracked with another project and it becomes one of those almost finished rifles that I am covered up with.
I now have a little sporter weight .17 and a heavy varmint type .17 to experiment with and maybe one will shoot much better that the other or not. A point of interest here; this rifle was built by an old Russian man who has to have his son interpret when he speaks to someone speaking English. I have moved my gun work back to my old shop, which is air conditioned (my new shop isn't) so maybe I can get some things done. Years and years ago something spun loose in my brain when I heard about .17 caliber rifles and it's still spinning. Does anyone know a cure for this ailment?
I hope everyone is in good health and Chinese virus free.
David a. Cogburn