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Was at my range today with my little 514 project rifle and am starting to get it to want to shoot.... when I got it for $25 at a garage sale a year ago it shot 2+ inch groups at 25 yards ... now I have it down to .8 and .9's with most stuff...next step is D&T for scope so I can see.... hope by squirrel season to have it down to .5 at 25 yards and under 1" at 50 yards.... I do think its starting to look nice though... :)

 

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Looks great.
Did you change out the barrel?
No.. its the original barrel... re-crowned and took soom wood out of the stock to take some pressure off the barrel... it was shooting about 5" high at 25 yards now its right on with the sights all the way down.... I may float the barrel but it only has one action screw so Im not sure how Im going to bed it yet... :)
 

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I picked up one for $30 but the barrel was a little bent.


I picked up a nice Remington barrel from Lee's gun parts for $35.

I was not as lucky as you, mine didn't have a Walnut stock. It had a very ugly Beech stock, but I was able to clean it up.


I haven't had a chance to shoot mine yet, but will keep in mind what you did to yours.
 

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you all found yours for less than mine 130.00 almost no blueing left and a chunk mising from the but pad but it has a lyman peep. now anybody know which model peep was most likely side mounted on the reciver or if the aperture for the sights were all threded the same its missing and the threded hole is just to big without one
 

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Windex - "Nice" is an understatement, that 514 looks fantastic.

And, candyman, great job on fixing that buttplate. I have done the same using an epoxy/steel compound. I always paint mine using satin Krylon to hide the repair, but yours seems to blend well.
 

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Thanks

Thanks guys for all the nice comments.... it still needs work like blued and still not totally happy with the wood but its getting there and I still need it to shoot better but I have so many other projects ..... but I think I can get it done for the first day of squirrel season.... :)
 

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Sometimes restoring an old gun will cost you more then buying one in good shape, but it's a hell of a lot more fun.
I ended up with right at $80 tied up in my 514, which is not bad.
I 100% agree with you candyman..... I may end up with more in mine but I love walnut stocks and the fact that everyone I run into in the woods it not carrying the same gun as me... I like to be difrant.... :)
 

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Mine is light on one side and dark on the other... Im having trouble getting it to match but Im close.... :)
I had a 10-22 one time that was so sun bleached on one side that it almost looked like sapwood. The other side was beautiful. It had hung on the wall in full sunlight for many years. I traded it off for a real rifle..............
 

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Mine is light on one side and dark on the other... Im having trouble getting it to match but Im close.... :)
Make a stain wash to even out the color. This can be done with two types of Dye. Leather dye or Ret dye.
Use a Med brown leather dye cut with denatured alcohol. apply a coat, allow to dry for 30 min and then lighty buff with 0000 steel wool. If it does not darken enough you can add more dye to the mix or just apply another coat.

For Ret dye use brown #25 with a little scarlet red if needed. Use a coffee filter as a filter. Put the coffee filter in the moth of a small mason jar. Add one teaspoon of browm #25 powder and 1/4 teaspon of scarlet red if needed. add approx 4 oz of denatured alcohol. Apply to stock as with the other dye.
 

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Make a stain wash to even out the color. This can be done with two types of Dye. Leather dye or Ret dye.
Use a Med brown leather dye cut with denatured alcohol. apply a coat, allow to dry for 30 min and then lighty buff with 0000 steel wool. If it does not darken enough you can add more dye to the mix or just apply another coat.

For Ret dye use brown #25 with a little scarlet red if needed. Use a coffee filter as a filter. Put the coffee filter in the moth of a small mason jar. Add one teaspoon of browm #25 powder and 1/4 teaspon of scarlet red if needed. add approx 4 oz of denatured alcohol. Apply to stock as with the other dye.
Thanks candyman.... I will try this when the gun comes back from the gunsmiths.....having it d/t for scope so I can see better....
 

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My first .22...1958, age 10. Actually I talked my Mom into buying it for my Dad for Xmas. He had no interest in guns so it became mine.
Sorry to say I traded the original many years ago, but later replaced it with one in like new condition. Great little rifles.
 
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