The "holiest" model 81

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The "holiest" model 81

Post by cedarhillsupply » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:17 pm

Compadres,
We have all had the experience of handling a model 8 or an 81 and finding that some previous owner had it drilled and tapped for a scope. Sometimes the rifle may be otherwise desirable (like my Kreiger conversion) and we buy it anyway. Many times we pass it up. I was given Model 81 #30320 by a friend we knows I like the breed.
I hereby nominate it as the "Most Holy" 81 out there. It has a total of TWELVE (12) holes in the receiver. Six have been filled and blued over, six remain as drilled.
The glove has been tossed down.
Pete
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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by Sarge756 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:41 pm

Indeed, you may have a winner. Can`t find the thread (may be older than a year) but there was one here that may have been ventilated more. Can`t recall if it was an 8 or 81. I`m sure if the OP sees this he will let us know.

Hey Cam what`s with only being able to go back a year to review posts?
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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by h.charlie » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:19 pm

I find these "holy relics" to be a great buy, I've been looking for a few to use as everyday shooters to raise my boys on, and let the friends learn a thing or two, one just sold for 400 on GB was surprised it got that high

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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by Johnhalf » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:45 am

Twelve holes!! I have nothing to compete with that Cedar.
"Holy relics"!!! :D :mrgreen: :D i love this place
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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by rcathey714 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:41 am

Hey all! I think my holy Model 8 beat you by a couple holes. Get someone to tig weld like I did and get to filing! ;)

EDIT: Here's that thread viewtopic.php?t=3853

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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by 81police » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:06 am

This 81 shows it pays to check and double-check before drilling & tapping...
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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by Adam Lee » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:03 am

81police wrote:This 81 shows it pays to check and double-check before drilling & tapping...
Cam, I am sorry but that side mount d&t disaster is just sad. And here I thought that I was bad when I failed to "measure twice, cut once" on my various Bob the Builder home projects!

All I can say is that I would about cry if I was responsible for that double vision example - would really be working to hide my mistake at all costs.... :roll:

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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by cedarhillsupply » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:23 pm

Cam,
I am humbled. A mere 12 holes obviously ain't nuthin. If that were my 81, I would get on the milling machine and make a side mount plate that would use four of the holes, and cover up the rest. Then I'd epoxy the mount to the gun and put it on Gunbroker as "rare factory scope mount included".

Pete

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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by h.charlie » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:22 pm

How do you guys fill the holes? My thought for these holy relics was to weld and then cerakote but that's just cause I want to pick up dead rifle and put a new life in it, is there a way to weld and then blue it without seeing where the holes were?

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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by rcathey714 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:37 am

h.charlie wrote:How do you guys fill the holes? My thought for these holy relics was to weld and then cerakote but that's just cause I want to pick up dead rifle and put a new life in it, is there a way to weld and then blue it without seeing where the holes were?
Charlie,

If you follow the link to the other thread I posted about (is it already that I did that here??), you'll see the results of welding and bluing. No, it's certainly not perfect and certainly not invisible but it's a darn sight better than it was.

Cerakote is a great idea and would certainly be invisible but I love that old lovingly worn finish on guns of this vintage. With that said, a matte black finish wouldn't look bad on one of these old beauties. Kinda bada$$ actually, I would think.

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Re: The "holiest" model 81

Post by h.charlie » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:23 am

I like the old bluing as well, my 25 rem although being re-done is going to stay true to factory to the best I can do, but for my shooters I would like to take a discarded piece of swiss and get her running, then take off the old sights and add a double post rear sight at the back end of the receiver, add a vent rib to the top of the barrel sleeve with interchangeable front sights cerakote satin black, then add fine engraving to let the shiny steel show, but that's a project later down the line, the only reason I want a vent rib is to shoot 20 to 40 yards as fast as I can aquire targets the double post will be short and the space between as wide as the rib, 2 liter won't be able to hide from me

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