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Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
« on: February 27, 2017, 05:46:58 PM »
My daughter shoots small bore Olympic style competitions with an Anschutz 1903 Jr rifle from our local club.  We will soon be buying the same model rifle for her (because the 54.30 is out of our price range).  Because of the state we live in I want her to use a viola case to carry the rifle in pieces (stock, bolt, and barrel/action) while carrying between locations.  A discreet case and her rolling suitcase with range gear will receive much less attention than a long Plano gun case.

With properly cut foam, each piece should be protected from harm.  With proper care during assembly/disassembly, and torquing the bedding screws correctly, there shouldn't be a problem with this scheme.

I've come to this forum based on recommendations from Mike Kupari and Larry Correia in a LTUE15 video.  Please give me feedback on the drawbacks of this scheme. 

Thank you.

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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 08:36:41 PM »
    The biggest drawback is that constantly taking the barreled action in and out of the stock will probably shift the zero slightly each time, and it will loosen up the fit of the stock.

    If you decide to follow through with the plan anyway, I'd recommend setting the action screws with a torque wrench each time.
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 08:38:55 PM »
    If you are just looking for a discreet case, how about a golf bag?
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 08:40:14 PM »
    I'd probably just get a cello or guitar case instead.
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2017, 10:02:11 PM »
    The biggest drawback is that constantly taking the barreled action in and out of the stock will probably shift the zero slightly each time, and it will loosen up the fit of the stock.

    If you decide to follow through with the plan anyway, I'd recommend setting the action screws with a torque wrench each time.
    Thank you.  The front and rear peep sights attach to the barrel and won't be disturbed, though she does sighter shots prior to every practice.  The club practice is to loosen the bedding screws before storing, and tightening them to exact torque before cleaning and shooting.  The thought is that the wood stock may have some dimensional shift during storage due to atmospheric conditions.
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    « Reply #5 on: February 27, 2017, 10:03:47 PM »
    If you are just looking for a discreet case, how about a golf bag?

    Thank you.  A golf bag is too bulky, and many are not long enough for the assembled rifle length.
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    « Reply #6 on: February 27, 2017, 10:05:52 PM »
    I'd probably just get a cello or guitar case instead.
    Thank you.  Some cello and guitar cases are not long enough for the length of the assembled rifle.  We are also trying to reduce bulk to make road trips to matches easier for a smaller car.
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #7 on: February 28, 2017, 09:33:24 AM »
    Steinberger hardshell case?  http://www.headlessusa.com/hard-shell-cases

    Gut it and buy some sectioned foam flats from Plano or Penguin...

    Or a hard tripod case and a camera bag? How old's your daughter? Would it be weird for her to be wandering around with a camera bag?

    http://www.specialtycases.com/shop-by-product/shipping-cases?p=2

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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #8 on: February 28, 2017, 12:31:47 PM »
    Steinberger hardshell case?  http://www.headlessusa.com/hard-shell-cases

    Gut it and buy some sectioned foam flats from Plano or Penguin...

    Or a hard tripod case and a camera bag? How old's your daughter? Would it be weird for her to be wandering around with a camera bag?

    http://www.specialtycases.com/shop-by-product/shipping-cases?p=2
    Thank you.  The Steinberger cases look good for our purposes, but I can't find actual dimensions.  The specialty cases look too industrial, bordering on 'tactical'.  Her age is... old enough to shoot, but not old enough to purchase alcohol legally.  We feel that musical instrument cases will blend in better, offer more colors than tactical bags, and many models have back pack straps.
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #9 on: February 28, 2017, 01:45:38 PM »
    You could camouflage the case with some music related stickers.   Throw a few of those, maybe a Coexist or Bernie bumper sticker and most people would not think it was a gun case.
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #10 on: February 28, 2017, 02:16:43 PM »
    Yup. Social camouflage does wonders.

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    « Reply #11 on: February 28, 2017, 02:26:35 PM »
    You could camouflage the case with some music related stickers.   Throw a few of those, maybe a Coexist or Bernie bumper sticker and most people would not think it was a gun case.

    Agreed.  She isn't a Bernie fan, but she has plans to decorate with non-firearm stickers.  While she is a colorful person, she understands the 'Grey Man' concept and blends into groups better than I do.
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #12 on: February 28, 2017, 09:10:57 PM »
    If your competition allows it a bit of glass bedding will help with the dimensional stability of the stock. 
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    Re: Storing barrel/action removed from stock - Anschutz 1903 Jr
    « Reply #13 on: March 01, 2017, 10:44:21 AM »
    If your competition allows it a bit of glass bedding will help with the dimensional stability of the stock.
    Thank you.  My reading of the SBR rules does not find anything prohibiting bedding or bedding mods.  However, the Anschutz rifle she has is already pretty tight with very good contact between the bedding surface and action.  This is apparently true of most Anschutz target rifles and perhaps justifies the higher cost.
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