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    So this project just fell into my hands, a clip slotted Remington 40X in .22lr with a flat blade safety and a Taylor stock...
    I need a barrel, and a gunsmith that can not only build an M40, but who can chamber a 40X .22, any suggestions??
    I would also really like to find some vintage bottom metal to use instead of the new wrinkle finish.

    I have a problem with thinking I need a .22lr clone of my rifles, next after this is an M40A5
    DW

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    DW thats very cool.
    I never have things like that fall into my hands. The stuff that falls into my hands are envelopes out of the mailbox that have my name on them and state they want some money for some reason. Usually on a monthly basis.

    Anyways, I love the M40A1 in the center, thats my next build.

    As far as the wrinkle finish goes, I couldn't find some vintage bottom metal either so I had to use mine that came with the 700 and "age " it a bit.
    I used paint stripper and got all the wrinkle crap off it, hit it with a wire brush then some OOO steel wool, wiped it down with acetone and sprayed it with a couple of coats of flat black RustOleum rattle can paint and let her dry for a couple of days.
    Thats whats on my .308 M40 clone. It has a couple of rub marks and edge wear on it now to the metal and IMO looks damn good to me. In a pinch one does what one can as they say.

    In situations like this over the years I've come to realize this.......... I've done so much for so long with so little, I can do damn near ANYTHING WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !

    As Walter Brennan said in the old TV series The Guns of Will Sonnett about his prowess with a 6 gun........"no brag, just fact."

    I can understand pretty much how he felt !

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    • #3
      Thank you for the info on the bottom metal, I may have to give that a try!
      That middle rifle was my first. 22lr trainer, I actually shoot that more than my 308's : )
      DW

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      • #4
        I stripped several with paint stripper. Sanded and then painted with bake on Durakote. Shoot a second coat while it's still hot, holding the the nozzle about a foot and a half from the part. It sill give it a dull black/grayish look.
        Another option is to send the bottom metal to Birdsong Black T. They do a great job and only charge $10 per bottom.

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        • deltawiskey
          deltawiskey commented
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          Thanks for the info! I'm going to look around a little for some vintage bottom metal... and then most likely do this!
          DW

      • #5
        I use my 40x M40 clone more than any other rifle I own . Mine is a police stock and Weaver T10 scope . Not 100 % accurate but close enough , for Government Work . You have a few great looking rifles . Good Luck and be safe

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        • deltawiskey
          deltawiskey commented
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          I'm really looking forward to the M40 22lr since it will be a bit lighter! : )
          Thanks you!
          DW

        • deltawiskey
          deltawiskey commented
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          How about posting up a pic of that 40X M40?? : )
          DW

      • #6
        Last summer I finished my M40A5 22lr trainer....very addictive LOL😃. Good luck with your build.

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        • #7
          M40A5 22lr
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          Haven’t posted any pictures since tiny pic took a shit in the bed. M40a5 22lr trainer on steroids🤯.
          Last edited by Bildoe308; 02-11-2020, 06:07 PM.

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          • deltawiskey
            deltawiskey commented
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            Looks really good! Is that 40X with a repeater conversion?
            DW

        • #8
          Yes....with all the bells and whistles😃

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          • deltawiskey
            deltawiskey commented
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            What gunsmith did you have do the work?
            DW

        • #9
          Jonathan Elrod at Modacam Custom Rifles, AWESOME Gunsmith.


          https://mcr-rifles.com/services/

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          • deltawiskey
            deltawiskey commented
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            I called him today, great conversation... Im on his books!
            Now all I need is a barrel : )
            Thanks for your help!!!
            DW

          • Bildoe308
            Bildoe308 commented
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            I went the extra mile and had Gary Schneider make me a barrel with a M40A5 contour rifled in a 22lr.....maybe he can make a Remington Varmint contour. Both of my trainers are sporting Gary’s Barrels....yes I know....completely overboard....but tack drivers with good ammo.

          • deltawiskey
            deltawiskey commented
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            Its great to know I'm in good company... I just told my wife "You see I'm not the only one!"
            I never even thought to have Gary make the barrel, impressive attention to detail my friend!!!
            DW

        • #10
          Cant recommend benchmark/shilen barrels enough. they do really well on the BR circuit as well.

          and I also second Elrod he fixed some isues I was having with my 40x.

          Keep us updated!!

          and this post worthless without clone porn. ha.

          scope zeiss
          USMC 40x
          redfield bottom screw rings


          GL
          DT

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          • deltawiskey
            deltawiskey commented
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            Gorgeous Rifle!!!
            As if the M40 series of rifles wasn't expensive enough to collect, for some reason I'm addicted to the rimfire versions as well... yours is one of the finest I've seen : )
            Thank you for the vote of confidence in the gun smith and also the barrel info!
            I sent an email to Benchmark and Bartline this evening asking for lead times on barrels... I was thinking about contacting Shilen as well but haven't yet.
            DW

        • #11
          The only down side to using Jonathan Elrod at Modacam Custom Rifles is he doesn't do any stock work... so, my stock won't have any bedding work done.
          Hopefully it will still shoot good.
          Thanks again for all the suggestions everyone!
          DW

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          • #12
            Second the recommendation on a Shilen barrel, a first quality product, inside and out. Raven's retirement has left a void in well-rounded gunsmiths that can do it all. Many have the training, but just won't do anything associated with 'stocking' a rifle, essentially making 'stocking' another field of specialization and the guys that are really good, have a 2-3 year backlog of work.

            On another note, the 'crinkle' finished bottom metal may be the most common, but it is NOT, found/used on every new Remington 700. The more expensive models still have the 'flat black' anodized finish that M40 clone builders seek, so keep your eyes open on the various firearms sites where owners sell their take-off and spare parts. Or, DIY as others are doing.

            Good luck!

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            • #13
              Photo of my 40x

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              • #14
                Try another

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                • deltawiskey
                  deltawiskey commented
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                  That's a gorgeous rifle! Love the grain in your stock : )
                  DW

              • #15
                I ended up ordering a Krieger barrel today, now I just need to wait 3 months to get the barrel.
                They were one of the only options with a Remington Varmint profile in a barrel that isn't stainless steel... apparently everyone wants stainless barrels now so that is the only option available at a lot of places.
                I am planning on Parkerizing the barreled action
                DW

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                • pmclaine
                  pmclaine commented
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                  Kreiger will be awesome. Mine cleans in only a few patches.

                  Bartlein will still do carbon steel barrels got on on order.

                  Parkerizing is Gods chosen finish.

                • deltawiskey
                  deltawiskey commented
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                  I tried to go with a Bartlein, but they couldn't offer the correct diameter unless I went stainless...
                  I just ordered a Benchmark barrel to replace the current barrel on my 40X/M24 pictured above. It will be fun to compare the two barrels : )
                  DW

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