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  • M40rifle.com M40 Clone Build Thread

    Seven months from start to finish. You can see the range report here.

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    Last edited by M40; 04-30-2016, 04:04 PM.

  • #2
    It all started with a donor action--a 1966 Remington 700 chambered in 22-250. The serial number is not in the documented range of the USMC M40's, but it is relatively close. It has early M40 detail features such as a short bolt shroud, square safety, and dual sear.
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    Last edited by M40; 09-27-2015, 06:41 PM.

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    • #3
      The first part acquired was a commercial Redfield 3-9x Accu-Range scope. The gloss black finish is not historically accurate but this scope will be anodized green. Details such as the "Redfield 1" Tube" script and the fine duplex reticle are a match to the real thing; such as the ones documented in USMCSGT0331's thread: http://www.m40rifle.com/forum/m40/89...s-lots-of-pics
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      Last edited by M40; 09-27-2015, 07:25 PM.

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      • #4
        This will be a great thread. Thank you for documenting. Your scope brought to ind a question I have to ask Toki.
        "...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..."

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        • #5
          Maybe you can sell raffle tickets and one us of might win it when it's done .
          Last edited by 29aholic; 09-28-2015, 09:43 AM. Reason: cant type

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          • #6
            That's funny, that's the EXACT rifle that I sent you about 29aholic! Didn't you bid on that? At least it's here and not in a rainy field not being cleaned after hunting.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Game Warden View Post
              That's funny, that's the EXACT rifle that I sent you about 29aholic! Didn't you bid on that? At least it's here and not in a rainy field not being cleaned after hunting.
              Yep I bid but I maxed out at what I wanted to pay for the action. This is also why I posted the thread about gunbroker screen names

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              • #8
                Next is the barrel. This was advertised as a used original M40 barrel.

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                • Game Warden
                  Game Warden commented
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                  Nice barrel.

                • Sandymac21
                  Sandymac21 commented
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                  What condition is the barrel in?

              • #9
                Great find!

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                • #10
                  Can someone with time tell me what that date code is?

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                  • #11
                    Well, if Remington used their same procedure with the M40 dating as everything else I would say Sept '66???

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                    • #12
                      It was the "U" that was throwing me off. 9/66 makes sense though.

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                      • #13
                        Most barrels from this batch have the U also... Probably a proofing mark of some kind..

                        http://www.m40rifle.com/forum/m40/90...arrel-markings

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                        • #14
                          If I'm reading the seller's notes right, the throat erosion was measured at 3.5 and muzzle wear at 1.

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                          • pmclaine
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                            Should be plenty of life left in that for steel, paper and what have you.

                        • #15
                          A Redfield base and rings came in the mail the other day. The rings are Redfield 1" low with four slotted screws. They are marked '1' on the bottom. Ideally, this would be marked '1-66' or '1-64' as documented in Death From Afar: Volume 1. The base is also a compromise as it is a later model Redfield 700SA base.
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