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Old October 15th, 2018, 05:46 PM   #1
 
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Nice Wood Dilemma

Recently aquired a vintage 1993 No.1B in .270 Weatherby Mag. The problem is two fold. One, it doesnít have sling swivel studs. I plan to hunt with it and will need a sling. Two, the wood is very nice. Straight grain with a lot of fiddleback on both fore and butt stock. Now Iím a self professed wood guy who loves fancy grained lumber on all things. My dilemma is that Iím having a hard time coming to grips with drilling holes on such a nice piece of walnut. What do all of you think? I need a nudge one way or the other. Thanks.
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Old October 15th, 2018, 06:00 PM   #2
 
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look for one of the european style slings that have a pouch that fits the buttstock into it and a sling that loops around the barrel. I do not have a picture but they are made.
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The wood on that is beautiful, personally I wouldn't do anything to it that would change the way it came from the factory. You don't see many chambered in 270 WM, that said I doubt I would hunt with it if it were mine, probably wouldn't shoot it either, but I have quite a few guns that have never had a round down the tube.
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That's mighty pretty to go drilling holes into it and dragging it around the woods. It's your gun and you can do whatever you like but since you asked.....
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That is a beautiful hunting rifle. Hunting rifles need a sling. Two small studs won't detract much from looks, but will greatly improve function. Enjoy hunting with such a gorgeous rifle. My old boss had a Weatherby Mark V in that cool caliber. I lusted after that gun for years.
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Some #1's are collectable because there's something unusual about them. Caliber, configuration or limited production. I'm not familiar with the data on that rifle but at first look it seems the only thing unique about it is maybe the caliber. While I agree it has very nice wood that in and of itself doesn't make it particularly collectable nor particularly valuable. If it were mine I'd put some sling swivels on it, buy a nice leather sling, top it with a 2-7X scope and take it hunting. I probably wouldn't take it out in pouring rain but I try to avoid that with all my blued/wood rifles. I have stainless/synthetic rifles for that kind of weather.

Very nice rifle. Take it hunting. YMMV.
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Very nice.

Yeah, personally I wouldn't do anything to mess up that wood.
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Thanks for the replyís. I have a couple of the slings that bwinters mentioned that I use on my antiques. Not the most comfortable to shoot with because of how it fits over the butt stock, but itíll do in a pinch. I can use it for the long carries and take it off for the hunt. The thought of drilling holes in that beautiful wood does bother me, even if it is for practical reasons. I did buy this rifle with the sole intention of using it to hunt. The pictures the lgs posted online were not very good. I had no idea the wood was so nice when I went out to look at it. Had the pictures been better Iím sure it would have sold sooner. It sat in the store for months. Got it for a good price and it came with dies and brass as well as 5 vintage Weatherby ammo boxes, some with live factory rounds still in them. The boxes predate the rifle by over 30 years in one case, so the previous owner must have been a reloader from way back. Donít blame him when you see how much Weatherby ammo sells for. Thanks again everyone and Iíll keep you posted when I get it out to the range.
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Oh and bonk, Iím in total agreement with you on taking it out in the rain. I also have rain rifles that I use when itís wet out, which is quite often here on the west coast. Thatís why we have all these huge trees.
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Me back again with another thought. I’m now wondering if this is an aftermarket stock. I went online to research the rifle some more and after looking at tons of pictures I noticed two things, all no.1’s seem to come with swivel studs installed at the factory. I couldn’t find one pic of a factory stock without them. The other thing I noticed was that the pattern of the checkering was different from all the others I looked at. Are there any markings or ways to identify if the stock is factory?
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Me back again with another thought. I’m now wondering if this is an aftermarket stock. I went online to research the rifle some more and after looking at tons of pictures I noticed two things, all no.1’s seem to come with swivel studs installed at the factory. I couldn’t find one pic of a factory stock without them. The other thing I noticed was that the pattern of the checkering was different from all the others I looked at. Are there any markings or ways to identify if the stock is factory?
Yes, if you didn't already know that, it is certainly a custom (i.e. non Ruger) stock. All factory stocks came with sling swivels and the checkering pattern is also not factory. It's all very nicely executed, and as others have said, I'd not touch it. Find a used set of wood or synthetic set and reserve this set for the wall/guncase.
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look for one of the european style slings that have a pouch that fits the buttstock into it and a sling that loops around the barrel. I do not have a picture but they are made.
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Thanks again everyone for the replies. Iíve decided not to do anything permanent to the stock until I get a chance to shoot it at the range to check its accuracy and to see if it need tuning. If it turns out to be a good hunting rifle accuracy wise, then Iíll install some sling swivel studs. I tried my slip on sling but it throws of my shouldering of the rifle in a hunting shot situation. Now that I know itís an after market stock Iím not so concerned about screwing up how it came from the factory, and I believe nice wood should be seen, not hidden away in a safe.
Iíll post range results when I get them.
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Absolutely gorgeous wood, I'd give my eye teeth for that on a No.1 International!
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Nopey, that is a "no-drill" zone.
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