Just finished rebiulding my .303 No.4 in time for moose. Laminated Zebrawood, walnut and birds-eye maple. Took all summer but I think it was worth it. Built the case too. Curly cherry wood veneer over 1/4 in MDF
That's interesting, I have never seen anyone mix woods like that on a thumbhole stock. Is zebrawood available in blanks large enough for a full gunstock?
What's the story on how you settled on that gun/caliber/design etc?
Awfully radical stock, but traditional gun, then radical scope. Am i right in assuming you have a shorter than normal barrel also?
I bought the .303 No.4 last May with a P14 .303, both for $150. The old stock on the No.4 was pretty rough. I had rebuilt a stock for a .22 last year with maple and hickory so I thought I would try this. The place I get the wood doesnt have zebra in blocks because of the way it has to be cut (quarter-sawn). I had used a friends thumbhole stock years ago and I loved it. I do most of the "bush-walking" and "dogging" at my moose camp so the thunb hole is nice to hold on too. I picked up the "hologram-red-dot" scope on e-bay. It sells for $169 at Gander Mtn. and I got it for $19 plus 4.99 shipping!!! Not bad!!. The instant sighting is AMAZING!! I do 2 inch groupings at 100 yrds. We do 99% of out moose hunts in the bush. I've never had to shoot more than 200yards. The barrel was already 19 inches from the previous owner.
By the way just got back from Hearst Ont.....there are now 3 moose less in the forest. Bull, cow, and a calf. WHAT A GREAT WEEK!!!!
the bull was shot just off the road. It was running in front of the truck and then ran into the bush. it was then taken at a winter road clearing. The cow was taken 2 hours later 50 yards from where the bull fell. We saw over 30 moose that week.
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....