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  • 1st Raven Rifles M40A6 Build

    I've been lucky enough to get to build this rifle for a collector out west. It's pretty straight forward, "E" prefix action, slotted for the previous generation A3/5. 20" spec Schneider barrel, M24 trigger and spec A6 lug, black oxide finish. I was also lucky in that she went together without any of the claimed hick ups that seam to be associated with this rifle, and of course spec M40A6 stock.

  • #2
    More great gun porn from Raven 6, I hope it belongs to someone here on the forum so we can see more of this rifle


    • #3
      I will regret not buying one of those chassis some day.....

      Nice work Mark, thanks for posting.

      Interesting regards your thoughts on fitting the lug and how you didnt have issues. The assembly as you describe I thought was the reason for doing the chassis in the first place.
      "...But they would never find anything to beat the old Springfield ...the long sleek streamline, very slim but with potent bulges, all in the just exactly right places to give it that pugnaciously forward-leaning, eager look that marked the Springfield. Beside it, the M1 looked like a fat old man puffing with a lack of training...the two most beautiful things made in America were the ax-handle and the clipper ship? ...they should have added one more thing: The Springfield '03 rifle..."


      • pmclaine
        pmclaine commented
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        As cheap as you can buy an RR receiver from Brownells they should retire actions to the CMP for us to buy and true up a fresh RR each rebuild.

        Im sure there is some sort of procurement rule that would prevent that sort of thing though.

        Really interested in hearing about your range time. I hope the owner will allow you to comment on the rifle.

        Thanks for keeping us entertained with your good works!

      • SemperFi
        SemperFi commented
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        There shouldn't be a need to true more than once, right? It may be more likely that there was no need for a standardized dimension for depth of cut when they were all trued initially. Just surmising.

      • pmclaine
        pmclaine commented
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        Good point.

        I was guessing though that despite the high speed maintenance Marines do and the multiple layers of Krylon, after years of service the face of the receiver may have some evidence of moisture and these things get finish ground for a fresh bearing surface.

        Im not entirely certain about what is the critical bearing surface on a recoil lug. I assume you want the breech side to rest snug, but not pressured by the receiver side of the recoil recess.

        If a rifle is going to be bedded making that happen is easy if you have the skills to bed.

        I don't get "the drop in" expectancy of a chassis unless there is some sort of adjustment with the action screws to "float" the receiver fore and aft to attain a good recoil lug seat or the bearing surface of the recoil recess can be adjusted for/aft to attain a similar proper fit.

        Seems like the chassis and lug would be a pretty homogeneous product but the receiver, if you believe the comments about negative Remington QC, are the variable.
        Last edited by pmclaine; 08-02-2017, 02:02 PM.

    • #4
      Looks great! Looking forward to the range report.


      • #5
        Looks great! 10 twist and how long is the barrel? What did you do for the recoil lug area? I thought I read the Corps were having issues in that department.


        • Raven 6
          Raven 6 commented
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          It's spec 20" Schneider barrel. I didn't have any problem with the lug area, but I could see where it could be a problem if the action had been cut on a few times, there is a little room to maneuver but not a lot.

      • #6
        Looks stunning! Great work.