I was looking for a .223 rifle for varmint hunting and target shooting. I had my eyes set on either a Remington 700 SPS Varmint or a Savage 12 in .223. I wanted a bull barrel and a good action. I was watching gun broker and happened across this rifle. Its a small ring 1896 rechambered in .223, with a stainless fluted bull barrel, Gibbs drop magazine, Intergrated scope base, bent bolt, and a custom wood thumbhole stock.
Now I got the rifle for $286 shipped, which is a good bit for a small ring, but the custom barrel is $250 by itself. The barrel is ~22"
I mounted a BSA sweet 223 set for 55gr and It bore-sighted easy. I am not thrilled that the base is shimmed with beer can, but it works.
Next I have a Boyd adjustable trigger with side safety and a cock on open kit that I am installing tomorrow (10/17) if all goes according to plan (Joker voice). I chose the side safety because the rifle has had the original disconnected as to not contact the scope. I will replace the end of the bolt with a cap at a later date to clean up the rifle. The receiver is finished in what appears to be Walmart grade 'Hammered Finish' Krylon.
The stock is a mottled color hardwood and it was broken in shipping at the top of the pistol grip. I spent 45 min at work digging up a bolt and fixing the stock (gotta love working at a pawn shop). I will end up fiber-glassing over the wood to both reinforce the broken section and to build up other thin areas as well as the nearly nonexistent and horribly attempted free-float handguard.
Next we look at the bolt. It looks like it was recut to fit the 223 casing, but since it feeds and extracts perfectly I am assuming this was done correctly when the barrel was threaded in. It does not appear to be lengthed.
If the weather here holds (its been raining on and off the last two weekend), I'll be able to give a decent range report on the rifle as it stands now. I'm hoping to get the trigger installed before then but it will require the stock to be cut and I'm not sure I'll have the time to get it fitted and get to the range in daylight with no rain. We shall see. Also I have to zero the scope and I picked some Hornady .223 55gr FMJ premium rounds for the job. I probably won't be shooting that all the time, but I figure I want the best zero I can get to start with.
I haven't fired a rifle (besides assault style rifles) in a while, so I hope to have a nice tight group to photograph and put in this thread, but that is for another day. Hopefully I get to take some coyotes with it in the near future though.