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Old 04-09-2018, 04:57 PM
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Hey guys,

I talked to Criterion and they're open to making a custom production run for me! However, the minimum order is somewhat sizable, so I'm going to have to run the numbers on this proposal carefully.

I would have liked to order the barrels in some "lowest common denominator" chambering that I could ream up from, but it would be difficult to produce quality barrels that way due to the different tapers of these 6.5 cases. So I've decided that the best approach will be to just get them unchambered and chamber them to order.

I'm hoping they can make me a couple one-off custom barrels for prototyping prior to placing a full custom order.

Can't wait to get started building some prototypes!

Steve
I'd be interested in a 6.5 Creedmoor Garand conversion. Once you run the numbers, and can share the projected cost of a Garand conversion, you can probably gauge the level of real interest.
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Old 04-09-2018, 06:30 PM
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Have you considered the 6,5/30-06 or as it became the 6,5-06 A-Square (no longer in business)

I used to load this many years ago and was excellent in bolt actions.
Yes, but I think the action length would leave some to be desired in terms of COAL. I also personally wouldn't use these barrel-burner chamberings in a semi auto that is not known for sub-moa accuracy, but hey, the customer is always right!

Since the barrels will have to be ordered unchambered, I think I'll be able to offer custom chamberings as long as the buyer is willing to pay a premium to cover my reamer rental.

Steve

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I'd be interested in a 6.5 Creedmoor Garand conversion. Once you run the numbers, and can share the projected cost of a Garand conversion, you can probably gauge the level of real interest.
Will do. They have my formal quote and seemed interested, so hopefully I'll hear back soon.

Best,

Steve

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Old 04-30-2018, 01:06 PM
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Hey guys,

So I did some more work on the Garand conversion over the weekend, and the reason that nobody has made a 6.5 Swede conversion in any quantity suddenly bit me. A few weeks ago I discovered that if you load just 7 rounds in the clip rather than 8, you avoid the issues that others have encountered with the case head size. Today I realized why 7 rounds is a bad idea... It works fine and well when you're taking your time and loading the clips in carefully, but with only 7 rounds in the clip, it's possible to push the stack too far down. I almost gave myself M1 thumb for the first time as a result! So out goes the 6.5 Swede drop-in conversion idea...

Steve

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Old 10-05-2018, 11:31 AM
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Hey guys,

My project to build a couple dozen stripped Hakim receivers to Ljungman spec is coming to a close, and now I'm back at it on the 6.5 Garand project!

I figured out that I can make an easy modification to a bullet guide to prevent a clip loaded with 7 rounds from being over-inserted, thus avoiding my near encounter with Garand thumb. I'm thinking I can offer modified bullet guides for sale along with the barrels, and that way people can buy one if they plan to use any Swedish-spec ammo. Swedish-spec cases with .480" head can be loaded loaded 7 rounds to a clip using my bullet guide idea, and 30-06-based cases with .473" head can be run 8 to a clip and using the standard bullet guide.

Do we have any welders that are following the thread? I have a couple local guys, but the rates are pretty high here in Boston. I just need to weld a round pin to a bullet guide for testing, and then weld up a dozen or so if the first one works as intended.

Now that the clip issue appears to be resolved, I'm starting to plan an order for a run of 25 barrels from Criterion. There was interest in a variety of calibers including the 6.5 Swede, 260 Rem and even 6.5 Creed. How would you guys feel about the barrels coming rough reamed for 6.5 Creed instead of all being short-chambered for just one caliber? I'm worried that there might not be enough buyers for a single chambering, but a rough 6.5 Creed chamber can be cut to any of the three above. If you guys don't like the idea, I guess I could always just short-chamber them to order, but I'd have to have a certain number of orders for each chambering for it to make sense to buy reamers.

Looking forward to moving this project along!

Steve
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:42 PM
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Hey guys,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I finally got a manufacturer that will produce barrels for me at a good price without sacrificing quality. This manufacturer already makes 30-06 and .308 barrels, so they have the external contour down. They also said they will properly time the gas port.

I’m planning to do the first batch in .260 Rem to avoid any feeding complications. They’ll require an adjustable gas plug, but that should be about it. The first few would be $250 + shipping. I'd have to go up a bit after that to make any money on them. I'm not sure how much it would cost to be able to post a product for sale on the CMP forums. Any info would be appreciated.

6.5 Swede conversions are still in the works, but should be ready to go soon after these.

Steve

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Old 01-09-2019, 07:29 PM
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Hey guys,

It looks like a first run of barrels in 6.5x55 is going to be happening! The barrels will be made by Steve Satern at Satern Barrels. I'm hoping I can offer the complete conversion kit for $325-$350 shipped. This would include the short-chambered barrel, conversion of the customer's op-rod catch to a Holbrook Device, a Schuster adjustable gas plug, and rental of a pull-through reamer to headspace the barrel correctly.

The barrels by themselves would be $275 shipped.

Many of the barrels in the first run are already spoken for, but PM me with your email address if you'd like to get in on it!

Steve
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:26 AM
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Well, no one can accuse me of not liking the 6.5 Swedish. But I think you've correctly identified all the potential issues with a 6.5x55 Garand conversion. Were I in the market for a 6.5 Garand, I'd prefer .260 or 6.5-06 for the reasons you've enumerated.

As cool as that rifle might be, it would also be illegal for Service Rifle and JCG, which limits its desirability if you do a lot of that kind of shooting...
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:15 PM
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This just the kind on thread I was looking for. PM sent.


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