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A 6.5x55 Match Rifle
I bought a K.KALE Turk in 1995 for $19.95 from SOG. Twas a sad thing, as were the 9 others I bought at the same time. Not filled with cosmoline like the later Turks, these were bone dry, filled with a VERY fine yellow dust or sand, but not a spot of rust, anywhere.
I put a Swede 24-inch barrel and Iron sights on it, mounted it in a Richards MicroFit reject stock and took it to Camp Perry for use in the Leech and Wimbledon matches of 1996. These matches are fired prone, at targets 1000 yards away. I had fun that year.
This is the rifle, less the but-plate and with a borrowed bolt. I never blued it and the sights have migrated away (although the front sight base is still attached). This was to be this years project rifle. It unfolded as below:
1.- The rifle was fitted with a Tasco World Class Base.
2. - The metal work was surface prepped and coated.
3. - I found a bolt, forged the handle and checkered the underside of the knob: once the bolt was ready, I lapped the lugs and the bolt face. With the barrel removed, I lapped the inner torque shoulder of the receiver, and cut a target crown at the muzzle.
4. - The rifle was reinstalled in the old stock.
5. - Some loads were developed.
6. - Just for fun, a level indicator was added.
7. - The Scope was "tilted" in order to make available some un-useable elevation.
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