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PostSubject: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   November 30th 2015, 4:42 pm

on my Accura MR.  I needed a slotted base for my Warne QD rings but I didn't much care for the way that base from CVA fit the rifle.  The scope and rings I chose for first effort also didn't give me the look I wanted (or the feel).



So I thought on this a bit and decided to slightly modify one of those CVA bases (had two) and put on a different scope and ring combo.  An old, well used Leupold got the nod.



I simply turned the scope base around but found the end of the base actually made a bit of contact with the receiver section of the rifle - and the action did not fully close as a result.  Took it to the grinding wheel and removed a little metal on the aft underside curvature of that base.  Some light sanding followed by Aluminum Black made the base both fit properly and look great. The base still protrudes rearward, overlapping the receiver a bit, but it allows full action closure.  The diameter of the breech plug head is just slightly smaller than the barrel diameter so that plug still goes in and out easily and without interference.  I think she looks better.  

This time I DID use a touch of blue Loc-Tite on each base screw.

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PostSubject: Re: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   November 30th 2015, 5:12 pm

Not the best pic in the world, but hopefully you can at sort of tell what I did.

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PostSubject: Re: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   November 30th 2015, 5:56 pm

Being creative or adaptable is the name of the game!! Looks like you did a great job.

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PostSubject: Re: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   November 30th 2015, 6:21 pm

I second Greg's comments.  You also get a touch more self satisfaction too.

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PostSubject: Re: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   December 1st 2015, 6:08 am

Nice work. That scope looks to be at least 1/2" further back now, probably feels much better when you shoulder her. Very Happy

Any issue with the removal of the plug? I'm guessing you have plenty of space there. Way to get creative, I think it looks great. I guess you could have even cut it off even with the front of that last hole (it looks like) had you wanted zero interference with the receiver.
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PostSubject: Re: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   December 1st 2015, 8:26 am

Thanks.  I could have cut it off even with the last hole but that would have made the aft ring a little shy of full engagement on the base.  The ring would have had some overhang.  No, there is no interference at all now with the action and a minimum of metal was removed.  The gap between the bottom of the base and the breech plug is tiny, but the plug turns freely and without issue.

I did notice (from the close up pictures I took of the rear of that base) my work wasn't quite as neat as I had thought.  My old eyes couldn't see what the camera reveals.  Trying to create a neat arc with the big grinding wheel didn't work as well as I thought.  I should have used a grinding cone in my drill instead of that big wheel.  You can also see, even in the blurry picture I posted, that the blackening didn't quite match the original finish.

Unless your eyes are much better than mine (and they probably are) you would never notice either error.

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PostSubject: Re: Wasn't good enough - the base that is   December 1st 2015, 9:08 am

"Pretty is as pretty does." (Forrest Gump)

Personally, the function is much more important to me than the looks. It's nice to have both but I can love an ugly gun that suits me better than a pretty one that doesn't.

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