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Old April 17th, 2015, 05:56 PM   #1
 
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R.K. Nelson rifle

I have a custom Remington 722, in 222 that I bought a while back. I knew it was an older build and got a decent buy on the rifle, just haven't done anything with it. Upon further inspection, I have discovered that it is an R.K. Nelson rifle. He was a well known benchrest shooter in the 40s-50s era and I know several matches up north are named after him at various ranges. Google search turned up little to nothing. So wondering if anyone here may know anything about the man and how long he built rifles. This one is pretty sweet.




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I am Rk's Grandson. Grew up in the house (originally log cabin) Rk and Mable built in Pa.
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I am Rk's Grandson. Grew up in the house (originally log cabin) Rk and Mable built in Pa.
tell us more.....My GF, GGF were Nelson's....probably not related, but you never know....
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Apologies for the late reply. Sadly the decision was taken to sell the original properties that RK owned in Clearfield County. I believe that RK’s Father was names ASA. He opened the Gun shop in the late 40’s with wife Mable. In a story published in a national Magazine he was quoted as “Mable knows as much about the gun business as I do.” He had 5 sons. My father Leonard was the most interested in guns out of the five.
Rk Erected the continental Divide sign soon after the gun shop was built. Btw, it is on its own small plot of land. Alcohol can never be sold on that or any of the adjacent properties. It is now a historic sign. Rk was known as a man’s man and to say he seldom spoke would be an understatement. One story I remember was of a man who dropped of a rifle to be customized. Rk took the weapon and gave the man the usual ticket with an empty casing attached and walked into the back. When Rk eventually returned to the front of the store the man was still there and asked how much and when. Rk stated two weeks and twenty dollars and returned to the back.
Dad once warned me when I f learning to shoot rifles “if I ever catch you doing something anything like your grandfather did I will beat your little hind end until its black and blue” I asked “what did he do”? “At the picnic, he and some of his friends decided to start shooting apples out of each other’s hands, with pistols,” I took the advice. Rk had one shot of whiskey every evening for the medicinal benefits. Mable was once injured while helping Rk blue barrels. The Bluing solution (very hot and caustic) splashed out of the tank and burnt a hole nearly through her hand. Mable passed away shortly before Rk. They both had long illnesses.

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Wow. Thanks for the family info, YT. Very interesting.
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