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Posted: 11/26/2011 10:16:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2011 3:13:30 PM EDT by CQB27]
Picked up a Marlin 444 (1995 Vintage) today in a trade. Next week i will take to a local Gunsmith and have the barrel chopped to 16.5 inches. I plan to refinish the stock/forearm... light sanding to remove the checkering and refinish them both. I also plan on adding a set of XS sights. I will update the thread with pics as the work progresses. Here is how it looks today:



UPDATE #1
Just got back from the Gunsmith's (Ott Gun Works in Douglasville, GA). The barrel has been cut to 16.5 inches and recessed & re-crowned and set of XS Sights installed. It looks great, balances even better, and I will shoot it on Monday and report on how it handles. I snapped a quick pic, I will get more when I have time. Up next I will be re-finishing the stock and forearm.

Link Posted: 11/26/2011 6:27:58 PM EDT
tag for progress :)

Good Luck!
Link Posted: 11/27/2011 7:41:58 AM EDT
Hmm, you'll have a trapper lengthed, pistol grip stocked .444. I like the idea, and I prefer straight grip stocks. What type of finish are you putting on the wood?
Link Posted: 11/27/2011 7:48:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By craig24680:
tag for progress :)

Good Luck!


+1
Link Posted: 11/27/2011 2:12:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Hmm, you'll have a trapper lengthed, pistol grip stocked .444. I like the idea, and I prefer straight grip stocks. What type of finish are you putting on the wood?


Good question! I am thinking of lightly sanding the stock and forearm then finishing in hand rubbed oil.
Link Posted: 11/29/2011 10:04:06 AM EDT
Dropped the rifle off at the gunsmith's today. He advised 3 to 4 weeks. As soon as I get it back in hand..........PICS!
Link Posted: 12/3/2011 3:18:35 PM EDT
Round one complete, see UPDATE #1 above!
Link Posted: 12/3/2011 3:41:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CQB27:
Round one complete, see UPDATE #1 above!


Looks good so far! Thinking of XS sights for my XLR along with barrel chop. Have you considered a big loop?
Link Posted: 12/3/2011 3:48:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AirRaceFan:
Originally Posted By CQB27:
Round one complete, see UPDATE #1 above!


Looks good so far! Thinking of XS sights for my XLR along with barrel chop. Have you considered a big loop?


Yes I have and I think one may be in the future works!
Link Posted: 12/3/2011 4:34:58 PM EDT
That looks great! Can't wait for range report

Craig
Link Posted: 12/4/2011 4:14:39 AM EDT
I have Marlin's with and without checkering.

I like the non slip surface the checkering gives you over the non checkered ones.

Your rifle, do as you please, just saying...
Link Posted: 12/4/2011 8:27:23 AM EDT
What was the original barrel length?
Link Posted: 12/4/2011 10:27:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AirRaceFan:
What was the original barrel length?


22 inches
Link Posted: 12/4/2011 12:12:37 PM EDT
Looks nice as it is. I wouldn't sand it down unless you really know what you are doing. The fit of wood to metal is easy to screw up.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 7:13:50 PM EDT
Put 20 rounds through my rifle on Wednesday. Shot like a dream. Used Hornady Leverolution ammo. Zeroed at 100 yds, grouped very well. I found the recoil to be very mild, I really like it!
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