Since I've told you about how much time I don't have to work on fun stuff, I don't have to explain why it might be a while before I start my latest planned project. But I did order many of the parts so they will be handy when I get a chance.
Imagine, if you will, a 10year old son, wanting his own hunting rifle. Can you picture a small statured (even for his age) boy? Can you imagine wanting to provide him with something that fits now, and can be made to fit later?
It's that last part that really got me. I don't want to make/build/buy something that can only be used for a little while and outgrown. I do want to build a nice rifle as a gift. So, how do I build a nice rifle for a small/young man that will also last and be a nice rifle for the rest of his life?
As with most journeys, you have to have a destination before you can start the trip. So, here is what I envision the final product:
A Mauser action, light barrel, full-length 'Mannlicher' style stock, possibly Claro Walnut. A short, light, trim little rifle. Butter knife bolt handle, Winchester M70 style 3 position safety, express sights and scope rings. Rust blue, with the possibility of smaller parts accented in color case hardening.
Does that sound too ambitious?