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Project: K31 Deer Slayer

So about Christmas time last year I got turned onto the "straight pull" action that for some reason or another, is not popular. I had an itch to purchase a rifle that required no upward or downward bolt motion to eject and rechamber a new round, but it is very difficult to find such a product in current production.

Alas I had an idea... I would take a remarkably ordinary surplus Swiss k31 and make it into a formidable deer gun. I knew this wouldnt be easy, cheap, or a quick process, but about March of last year, I purchased a K31 rifle from military gun supply for about $260.

The Schmidt Rubin K31 has an outstanding reputation for accuracy. All surplus ammo available is match grade (the swiss make it right!) and the actions and bores are beautiful beyond belief. The stocks are a bit rough but that wouldnt be a problem for what I wanted. Accuracy is also excellent, the box of truth put 5 bullets through the same hole at 100 yds with a jakey side attach scope mount. The two stage trigger also helps with accuracy.

The rifles are also "straight pull", which means that the only actual cycling of the bolt is done by pulling a handle backwards, and then back forwards. With this action, you can almost shoot as quickly and accurately as a semi auto! The action is also remarkably slick and more natural that working a bolt lever.

Anyways, here is the work I have done so far-



I had just bought the gun, here are the "stock" photos-









As you can see, the action and metal parts look great, but the stock was in crappy condition.



Step 1
I sent the action to a gunsmith (Doc's Gun Shop in Carrolton) for a bunch of work. I had him cut and recrown the barrel behind the rear sight, remove the rear sight block with a lathe, polish the charging handle, and reblue the entire rifle. It took about 2 months, but it came out great!-














Step 2-
I ordered a stock from Richard Microfit Gun Stocks. Ordered fancy wallnut, monte carlo style, with recoil pad and sling swivels. Ordered in in April, got it in the mail last Thursday. The stock looks awesome, and now I need to inlet the action and stain/finish the wood.-














This is all I have done so far, but I am very excited about finishing it up for season!

Here is what is needed to be complete-
Action inletted/bedded
Stock finished
Scope mount
Scope
Ammo



I am very proud of the project so far! Comments appreciated!
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-05-2009, 08:15 PM
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I had CJ work the stock over and get it looking pretty. The photos just do not do the gun justice. CJ is a master of his craft and I would recommend him to anyone. It is a travesty that he got wrapped up in the whole banking career instead of doing this for a living! All the folks at my parents house for thanksgiving said that the gun had reached family heirloom status. LOL

It is starting to look like a beautiful and legitimate hunting rifle. My cousin even asked "how many thousands that rifle in the corner" set me back.

All she needs now is a scope mount and a scope.










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Holy shit dude, that gun has come a long way since I saw it after you picked it up and it was already a killer little rifle. Nice!

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Looks very very good.
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You are making me want to buy one of these.
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Damn, that turned out nice!

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Thanks for the comments guys!

I am very excited about finishing this thing up!
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DROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That thing is outstanding.

Damn; you have inspired me to do the same thing. Just what I needed, one more project.

How much have you invested in this so far?
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You should hunt down a quasi-vintage Bausch and Lomb and refurbish it. It would look awesome with that scope.

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Most gorgeous.

Must be nice to be able to get CJ to work your firearm...
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How much do you have in it less the purchase of the original rifle and refinishing? It looks beautiful. I've also got a k31 that would be perfect for a project like this. They are damned accurate rifles even with iron sights, I'd like to find a st maries mount for mine. I haven't put any of the gp ammo thru mine yet, it likes the hornady SP and the wolf gold shoots ok. Got some hornady ballistic tips I'd like to try out on an unsuspecting animal.

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Thanks for the info. The stock is exactly what I am looking for. Too bad they dont offer an Encore set, but I will just have to build me a 22-250 or .220 swift to go with my new stock!
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Most gorgeous.

Must be nice to be able to get CJ to work your firearm...
I just can't do bluing at the moment, but wood work I can do any time. I apologize for that. The K31 was a pleasure to work with. This rifle is actually done with Casey Birchwood Tru Oil, not my usual poly coat. It came out nice!
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How much do you have in it less the purchase of the original rifle and refinishing? It looks beautiful. I've also got a k31 that would be perfect for a project like this. They are damned accurate rifles even with iron sights, I'd like to find a st maries mount for mine. I haven't put any of the gp ammo thru mine yet, it likes the hornady SP and the wolf gold shoots ok. Got some hornady ballistic tips I'd like to try out on an unsuspecting animal.
K31 Rifle itself: $250ish

Gunsmith work: $300ish
(includes rebluing, barrel cut and re-crown, front site removed, rear site block lathed off, handle polish)

Actual wooden stock blank: $100
(from richard's microfit gun stock in the net)

Stock Work: $300


So Excluding the cost of the original rifle I would say im in around 600-700. Not a bad price for such a high quality and accurate work of art! Ill bet 300-400 more for the scope and mount.
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You should hunt down a quasi-vintage Bausch and Lomb and refurbish it. It would look awesome with that scope.
That would be really cool!


Anyone want to wager that Ill finish this up before Yale completes his savage build
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I just can't do bluing at the moment, but wood work I can do any time. I apologize for that. The K31 was a pleasure to work with. This rifle is actually done with Casey Birchwood Tru Oil, not my usual poly coat. It came out nice!
The Tru Oil really does look great. At first I was skeptical and thought of it as "that cheap shit they sell at academy", but it really gives the wood a bold and traditional look.
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Thats not too bad. I'd probably leave my iron sights for the hell of it. You can find the st maries mount for around 80 for the clamp on version, they also have a drill and tap available but I haven't seen a price on it yet.

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Thats not too bad. I'd probably leave my iron sights for the hell of it. You can find the st maries mount for around 80 for the clamp on version, they also have a drill and tap available but I haven't seen a price on it yet.
I will soon be sending off for this mount-
http://www.rocksolidind.com/gpage.html


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The Tru Oil really does look great. At first I was skeptical and thought of it as "that cheap shit they sell at academy", but it really gives the wood a bold and traditional look.
I also thought it was pretty cheap stuff initially. I did a little research and found out that tru oil is really what made casey birchwood what they are, it's one of their best products. Overall it's easy to get a glossy finish if you're new to refinishing guns. However, to get a mirror flat finish it's extremely difficult. Generally what most people consider a good finish with tru oil is pretty unacceptable in my opinion. I had to invent my own process to get it to flatten out. All in all it was 57 coats, 15 coats to impregnate the wood, and then I sanded back down to the wood to get the pearlescent shimmer, and then 15 more which I sanded back off to make sure I had the wood completely saturated with laminent and fresh fibers gleaming. The remaining 27 were build up/wetsand coats, with various wet-sanding and polishing throughout and 2 final ones . It ended up being a lot more laborious than my usual poly coats, however I'm glad I did use it since I have the experience. I can see it's value with quicker jobs... the coat does seem durable and it's considerably easier to repair than a poly coat as well, however for show/collector finishes it's exceedingly time consuming compared to polyurethane. Your K31 has no stain or color additives to it at all, I think walnut looks good naturally.

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I've actually seen the stock first hand and the pictures don't mean anything! This stock looks incredible up close. GG CJ Now go get Left 4 Dead 2 so we can play!!!

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Great work on that rifle, it looks [email protected] great.
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Where did you find the stock? Does anybody make a stock like that for a mosin nagant?

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Hell yes you will! I didn't have anything done, and a friend needed a basic deer rifle for this season, so I sold it to him. Now I'm trying to unload the 1911 so I can buy this 10FCP that's for sale around the corner from me.

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If anyone has some stocks, or gun work done (outside of bluing and tig welding for the time being) I'd love to get some done during the holiday season.
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If anyone has some stocks, or gun work done (outside of bluing and tig welding for the time being) I'd love to get some done during the holiday season.
I have a 03-30 that needs some love. It was my Grandfathers, so it has some sentimental value. I dont need it to look like that, just a "standard refinish" would suit me fine. PM me a roundabout figure if you would.

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Update 3/16/10:


I had the gun sent into the company I listed above a few weeks back to have the scope mount drilled and tapped on. Well the Fedex man dropped it off to me today and I must say, this thing looks solid as hell! Now I just need a scope and a set of rings to finish this build








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Looks good! I'm partial to low power scopes on hunting rifles, I reserve the higher power stuff for the varmint rifles.
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Looks good! I'm partial to low power scopes on hunting rifles, I reserve the higher power stuff for the varmint rifles.
I hear ya. I probably just go with a 3-9x40.
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I hear ya. I probably just go with a 3-9x40.
Hard to beat those mt FN has a 4x28 (or maybe 30 its really old) Leupold thats nice but everything else has either a 3-9x40 or it has a 50mm objective lense which gather alot more light.
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