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What to do with a M66 project ?

Posted by Steve Blancard on Saturday, 6 July 2013, at 9:16 a.m.

Gents, I picked up a badly abused M66 about 5 years ago. It's missing the buttplate, barrel bands and some screws. The stock is completely broken through the lock area. By the looks of the break, it happened many years ago. I really don't think the stock is repairable. On the positive side, it has a complete barreled action with excellent bore and sights, and a really nice complete lock, dated 1862. Along the way I picked up another M66 stock that was cut down a bit. But it has been badly sanded and the lock mortice seems to have been compressed by overtightening the lock screws to the point that if the lock plate screws are snugged up now, the lock binds up. It does have a good buttplate, but the trigger guard had been badly narrowed by grinding. In otherwords, it's not in very good shape either.

So what I have here is essentially a pile of M66 parts. I'll likely never find an affordable, serviceable original stock and I don't want to go the repro stock route. So, I'd appreciate your suggestions/ideas on what to do with this project. I have photos, can't post them here.


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