Since the last post, some of the 3D printed parts have arrived. The scope mount isn’t bad, the receiver is OK (not shown here) but both need a few tweaks to be perfect.
I’m very pleased with the shape of the 3D printed bolt parts, some minor tweaks and they will be perfect. I need to work out how to get them made in metal though as plastic simply doesn’t have the strength required for the job.
In the meantime I’ll keep using the steel handmade bolts for testing.
The receiver side plate painted. Although this will do for now I have a new design for a side plate integrated with the receiver itself.
Moving the outer barrel off-centre means a new spacer, but it does improve the aesthetics of the rifle massively. I have also tapered the woodwork a lot more to allow use of the iron sights.
I am also making new scope mount screws that look more the part than the temporary ones. Deep knurling makes then very nice to grip to tighten and remove, these will be oil blacked for wear resistance.
The new screws in place. I’m going to re-dip them as the oil loosened up the flux on the joint.
The bolt is a temporary measure, it will be replaced with a cast one once I have the kiln working.
In the meantime it looks OK and will be oil blacked to tidy up.
I have some tweaks to make to the receiver design and scope mount but this is the majority of the work done. The new receiver will have a steel side plate for the scope mount. I hope in the future to cast the rest of this piece.
As you can see, it takes an original rear sight leaf. while it’s nice and secure for the battle sight, I need to make a locking system for the ladder.
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