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Finally There

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by louisvanhovell, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. louisvanhovell

    louisvanhovell Busy Member

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    With thanks to Ped for his help and Paul Chell for the great blacking.
    It's a bit over the top for a QB78, but I love this Chinese Crosman 160 copy.
    What really transformed it, is the Terry Robb trigger. Finally got rid of all creepiness.
    Cheers, Louis

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    Looking good :thumb:
     
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    Love that stock. :)
     
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    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    Very elegant. I don't remember seeing a straight hand stock on an air rifle. What sort of wood is it?
    PS: Drinking meths is really bad for you. :D
     
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    Very nice indeed and it looks like a piece of salted beech to me...........dom
     
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    looking good mate
     
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    Thank you Mortimer. The inspiration comes from the Beeman C1 that I had.
    I copied the shape and had a friend router the inletting for me. The QB78 inletting is very simple.
    Then some shaping.
    Couldn't have done that part without meths.
    It's beech indeed as Cinimod saw. The blank only cost a tenner. The figuring is from a tree disease.
    Apparently lots of nice figuring in wood comes from diseases.
     
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    Looks nice Louis ... I've looked at the Robb rear set trigger in the past, but always shied away as not been too impressed with some of his products. Would you say it is worth the money and did you have to deburr before fitting ?
     
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  9. Halinfax

    Halinfax Full time tinkerer....

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    Well done Louis... that's a pretty little rifle..:claping::claping::claping:

    Its amazing what you can do to a simple and basic QB/XS 78....

    I did very similar to mine removing all the crappy stained varnish to expose some nice wood underneath.... then with a bit of router skills and LOTS of sanding.. a piece of beauty emerges from the basic stock..

    This is mine before I hpa-ed it...

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    Halinfax Full time tinkerer....

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    .....and this is after....

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    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    Ah, now I've looked closer I can see the beech spalting along the foot of the stock. A shame it didn't go higher up into the woodwork, though spalting can weaken the wood. I cut some once and it cracked along the figuring.
     
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    mikeyhall1 2018 Forum Nice Guy - Pepe Le Pew

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    Nice work mate
     
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    Good morning Mark, yes I would recommend the trigger. It is nicely made and I have found that it makes a big difference with regards to creep.
    I wasn't able to get rid of it with the original trigger, even after polishing and adjusting the screws.
    Also I like the shape and rear-set-ness of it. The finish is good enough. The front and rear of the blade are polished, the sides can do with some more polishing if you want it super smooth and shiny, but I have left it as it is. No burrs. It was with me 2 days after ordering.

    By the way Mark, I forgot to mention you in my "thank word"!
    Mark sent me a manual, foc. Mark is a star. Thank you. I like my paperwork :)
     
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    That is very nice, thank you. Good work. Also cool after pictures. How did you achieve that finish? It looks like some burning was involved?
     
  15. Halinfax

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    Hi Louis... yes mate. I hade the laminate stock as a "fusion" between my R10 and the QB78TH stocks... then looked at the Shui Sugi Ban fininshing...

    I was gonna leave it and just oil the stock, but I wanted something completely different and unique, so out came the blow-torch...

    I took it out this morning to see how she shoots at 20 metres... (had a crappy Walther fixed objective scope on it though)....
    Heres a couple of pics...

    Initial 20 mtr groups 5 shots per target...
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    And the 78 in the sunshine...
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    Very very nice Halinfax. I like that. Some nice creativity there. Perfect weather for a photo shoot too, and good grouping.
    These Chinese wonders are truly wonderful.
     
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    Thank you Louis.. kind words.

    Louis... indeed they are.... for a cheap little plinker... there is SO MUCH you can do with them...

    What you have don't to yours is simplicity itself, but yet.. aesthetically improved the looks of the gun endlessly.

    Like you.. O too have Ped to thank for his knowledge, wisdom and seal kits....

    Over the weekend I bought another XS78 cheap, but purely for spare parts.. it broke my heart to strip it down as it was shooting at 11.1 ft/lb with JSB Heavies....
    It had been tuned and polished though with a few little extras in brass too ... but still I have a spare gun for .. spare parts...

    The slip on moderator I made for it too.. has REALLY silenced it down... perfect for back yard plinking...

    Enjoy your 78 Louis and keep us all informed..:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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