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Old September 24th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #46
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Matt, I remember that one it was on here or on gunbroker. If I knew then what I know now that damn stock would be in my possession.

Cass that is one fine rifle and you sir have many fine rifles, I am short a scope or two. I need one for my XM21 and XM25!!

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Old September 24th, 2015, 08:06 PM   #47
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Matt, I remember that one it was on here or on gunbroker. If I knew then what I know now that damn stock would be in my possession.

Cass that is one fine rifle and you sir have many fine rifles, I am short a scope or two. I need one for my XM21 and XM25!!

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Thank you. I struggled with the decision to buy it for about 5 minutes, ha!

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I think it was briefly painted brown. Glad to see it in the raw again! Ren, don't sweat it. It is very cool but it would not be correct for what you have in mind... ;-)

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Old September 25th, 2015, 11:49 AM   #49
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TRW parts may be more prevalent due to Mitch M. previously working for TRW.

Toki,

I did a little research and as it turns out I was correct. There is absolutely no connection between TRW and the XM25 project. Mr.M worked for H&R never for TRW.

Parts in the system were never inventoried by manufacturer, so when they reached for a part, they had no concern for who made it.

I went with Winchester parts but very easily could have used any of the other manufacturers. I have new Winchester parts three deep and hand picked the best of those, this will be a very nice XM25!

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Old September 26th, 2015, 01:45 PM   #50
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My original idea was to make this (aside from the Brookfield parts) an all H&R marked parts rifle but finding an acceptable bolt was impossible. I decided to go with Winchester parts instead since I already had them. The rear sight and front sight are USGI NM sights, the aperture is non-hooded. I believe that the correct rear sight would be the newer version which I got from Jason. It has the markings stamped in white ink.











What is the width of that Front sight post?

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Shooter it is USGI, I have two more one new still in the wrap dated 1971.

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Old September 26th, 2015, 02:46 PM   #52
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You know guys I thought my all SA. E2 rifles were my favorites and I do certainly like my all Winchester M14 but I have to say with the pristine parts I have been able to assemble for this XM25 it stands clearly at the front of what is turning out to be one hell of a collection!

I did my research and know what it takes to build this rifle correctly, the parts and the right person to do the build. I know the history of the XM25 about as good as anyone save a few and I think them for their advice and guidance.

I have been collecting these parts for nearly two years, they have come from all over the country and not from a single source. The stock was offered to me from someone on this form, the BPTco. parts came from all over the country some as far as California.

It seems that once I began my quest, good people wanted to help and offered parts not to make money so much as to help make a very special rifle, I believe the end result will justify the means.

I hope the next pictures I post on this thread will be my XM25!

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Ren - I'm interested to see how the BPT liner installation by Jon turns out. I have an original BPT liner that needs installation and either Jon or Tank were recommended.

Toki - The slot behind the bolt release across the top of the stock was a reference surface cut into the top of the stock for bedding. Only the earliest stocks required this slot.

Great project!

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Ren - I'm interested to see how the BPT liner installation by Jon turns out. I have an original BPT liner that needs installation and either Jon or Tank were recommended.

Toki - The slot behind the bolt release across the top of the stock was a reference surface cut into the top of the stock for bedding. Only the earliest stocks required this slot.

Great project!
Thank you, I am more excited about this build than any others I have done!

Sir, I thought it might have been due to the fact that they installed the BPTco. liner without the installation tool.

Jon Wolf is doing an XM25 build with install of the Brookfield liner for a friend of mine, so with that and the recommendations Jon has received I am having him build my rifle, I am sure it is in good hands as I never do spur of the moment.

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Shooter it is USGI, I have two more one new still in the wrap dated 1971.

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Amazing Renisin.
Is it pretty much impossible for one to still find a USGI 062 Front sight post? I have never seen one listed for sale on here before.

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You have to sell your soul to find one these days.

Seriously, good luck.
I am just curious What makes the brookfield stock liner "better" then the others? Does it fit into the stock better?

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I am just curious What makes the brookfield stock liner "better" then the others? Does it fit into the stock better?
You can remove the action for cleaning and/or maintenance with out up-seting the bedding. With a standard bedded rifle you want to remove the action maybe once a year.

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Amazing Renisin.
Is it pretty much impossible for one to still find a USGI 062 Front sight post? I have never seen one listed for sale on here before.
Shooter,

I wouldn't say impossible as I was able to buy three of them, difficult definitely!!

They were very expensive!

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Old September 27th, 2015, 02:45 PM   #59
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I found 3 or 4 of them also, 1 of them still in the wrapper. They are tough to find for sure. I even found 2 NIW standard gi front sights made by H&R, but sold one of them to M14Brian.

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I found 3 or 4 of them also, 1 of them still in the wrapper. They are tough to find for sure. I even found 2 NIW standard gi front sights made by H&R, but sold one of them to M14Brian.
Those are great finds, a lot of bush beating! They are out there but require a lot of time and money.

Nice pick up on the MRT dated slings, I saw those minuets after posting just don't need any more.

You got a great deal on the BPTco. pistons too, I was a little late on those!

The hunt continues.
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