742 found leaning on a tree!

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742 found leaning on a tree!

Post by adirondack » Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:44 am

This rifle was found leaning on a tree in the Adirondack mtns. no telling how many winters it had been there. I bought it for $10 as a conversation piece. Not being able to leave anything alone i had to see what makes it tick!
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Re: 742 found leaning on a tree!

Post by adirondack » Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:52 am

It was in .308 with no magazine and an empty round stuck in the chamber. Several notches on the forearm indicated it had done its job many times. But possibly it jambed one to many times and the owner removed the magazine, leaned it on a tree and walked away!
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Re: 742 found leaning on a tree!

Post by adirondack » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:08 pm

After dismantling and a good kerosene soak it was obvious the barrel was past saving. I found a .243 barrel and bolt for $60 replaced the action spring and tube. thoroughly cleaned the trigger assembly. Wanting to preserve the "Rip Van Winkle" look I gave the wood a teak oil coating and left the outside steel as it was. Mounting a redfield 4x wide view i was able to get groups just over an inch. Rifle has absolutely no value but shoots with the $1,250 Brownings that my friends have!
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Re: 742 found leaning on a tree!

Post by nambujim » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:53 pm

Outstanding, love that kind of story!

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Re: 742 found leaning on a tree!

Post by scratchmark » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:34 pm

worth nothing yet priceless at the same time. Absolutely love the story and it should be documented for those close to you. Never give up Never give up

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