No gunsmith 303 scope mount

I wanted to put a scope onto an old 303 (1942 No1 Mk3*), but didn’t want to drill any holes, or otherwise alter the action. The rifle is already sporterised, but the action is still un-molested.

Started with 25x25 steel bar.
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Milled the top and sides.
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Milled the dove tails using a specially ground bit.
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Now the cross slots in the top.
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Top finished.
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Underneath done. Also has clamp and front loop done.
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After phosphating (parkerizing).
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Fitted to the rifle.
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Scope in place. This scope is a very old wire reticle, variable zoom Nikko scope that was made in Japan. I like the thought of an old scope fitting for an old action, even though the action is probably older than the scope of 2 or 3 decades.
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last edited by Joker

Nice job. I really admire the work of people who can do things that I wouldn’t have a clue where to start on.

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Faark, that is bloody great work.

OK, I’ll bite. What does the nail on the bandsaw do?

@Shy-Ted said in No gunsmith 303 scope mount:

OK, I’ll bite. What does the nail on the bandsaw do?

:D It is to ensure that the blade cuts straight. Bit of a dodgy hack, but it works.

Love ya work, great photos, almost barred up.

nice to see a proper tradesman’s work

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@tolovar said in No gunsmith 303 scope mount:

nice to see a proper tradesman’s work

I hope you’re not taking about Castaway.

@dog said in No gunsmith 303 scope mount:

@tolovar said in No gunsmith 303 scope mount:

nice to see a proper tradesman’s work

I hope you’re not taking about Castaway.

Yeah, no photos of that, thanks :D

Not sure if i should be offended. Just in case - Get Fucked.

The dovetail bit you ground up , how deep a cut could you take and what was the speed and feed rate.
I would think the cut was limited and the feed slow

@tolovar said in No gunsmith 303 scope mount:

The dovetail bit you ground up , how deep a cut could you take and what was the speed and feed rate.
I would think the cut was limited and the feed slow

From memory the cut depth was in 0.5mm increments. RPM was 63 and feed rate was 48mm/min. Yeah pretty slow.

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