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.
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!-
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-
I am very proud of the project so far! Comments appreciated!