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Thread: I made a bolt handle for my Defiance Deviant hunter action with Black Locust Burl

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    Boolit Master Clark's Avatar
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    I made a bolt handle for my Defiance Deviant hunter action with Black Locust Burl

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    It is going to be a 7mmSTW.
    It took ~ 5 months to get the action, the stock, and the barrel.
    Still waiting for the Scope to arrive.

    I made the handle in an hour.

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    Clark, That sure is some beautiful wood. Would really like to see a photo of the complete rifle. I'm a big fan of nice bolt guns!

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    Beautiful. The gold sets it off nicely.

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    Thanks!
    When my grandfather bought 5 acres on 1st avenue in Burien WA in 1924, it already had large black locust trees on the property line of an earlier larger homestead plot.
    When I was little kid in the 1950s the utilities were constantly trimming them to keep them out of the telephone wires.
    In ~ 1961, 1st avenue was broadened to 4 lanes and the trees were gone.
    In 1980 I got a copy of understanding wood by Hoadley 1st edition
    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...ood+by+hoadley
    In that book I learned that Black Locust was nearly the strongest wood that grows in America and was rot resistant enough to be used as fence posts by pioneers.

    I have been picking up pieces of Black Locust from the ditch when trees are trimmed at road sides.
    But for this burl bolt handle, I paid for the wood on Ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I learned that Black Locust was nearly the strongest wood that grows in America and was rot resistant enough to be used as fence posts by pioneers.
    Same for Osage Orange AKA bois d'arc. Indians used it for bows, pioneers for fence posts.

    Beautiful bolt handle!

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    You have some real talent there for doing neat things with wood that few seem to even think of, that's really nice and a REALLY nice piece of wood.
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    Nice to see you got one of Glen's actions. They are top quality.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check