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Shoot it

Well if it shoots good I would proub change the trigger, put a scope (mid grade) with either detachable or see through mounts on it and add a sling.  WaLa truck gun.  If I had a little more cash kicking around (LOL) add a protective coating to the barrel.  Since you have a black stock I would put a light coating on it for contrast then have either (or both if you also coat the action) the scope or the rings the same as the barrel.

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HA!

I think I'm gonna just stay cheap with it, keeping in the spirit of the beater gun.  Just gonna scope it, bed it and shoot it as is.  Might repaint the stock or metal just using Krylon instead of Cerakote.  Probably no point in putting $1,000 of work into a $200ish dollar rifle

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refinish?

exbiologist wrote:

I think I'm gonna just stay cheap with it, keeping in the spirit of the beater gun.  Just gonna scope it, bed it and shoot it as is.  Might repaint the stock or metal just using Krylon instead of Cerakote.  Probably no point in putting $1,000 of work into a $200ish dollar rifle

I agree.  Hard to justify putting much more money into a $200 gun.  If you want to refinish it then I'd have a gunsmith simply bead or sand blast it, to remove any existing finish and any surface oxidation, and to give all the steel parts a satin matte surface, then have the steel parkerized (phosphate finish).  I don't think that would cost all that much to do.  I think parkerizing is an inexpensive durable utilitarian finish for a beater gun, or any shooter for that matter.  You can even do it yourself if you have access to the equipment. 

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In keeping with the cheapo theme...

So I ended up buying rings that were too low to start with, then got rings that were high enough, but look a little silly with the little scope I bought.  They were also not very level, so I shimmed the rear base a little which helped get where I needed to be on paper.  It's just a 4x32 Truglo.

To make brass, I just fired some light .30-06 loads that I had lying around, which fireformed nicely.  Then I simply monkeyed with a .325 WSM die set, and viola!  Makeshift 8mm-06 Improved dies!  Didn't really have to do anything other than adjust the seating stem and exander/decapper assembly way out for neck sizing.

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