column By: Stan Trzoniec | May, 17
He built the set of rifle barrels using the monoblock system. Using a block of 4140 steel combined with barrel blanks from E.R. Shaw, the barrels were turned, fitted to the monoblock and finished. Ellis then built the hollow under-rib, full-length top rib, sling mount, forend hook and a new extractor. The rifle is regulated at 50 yards to shoot less than 21⁄2-inch groups; at 100 yards, the barrels group within 5 inches.
The rear sight is from Dakota, and Ellis added a wide silver, vertical line for quick sighting. The front sight assembly comes from NECG modified for high visibility under all conditions. Both barrels are 24 inches with a “1” marked on the top rib for the rifle barrels; a “2” denotes the smoothbore set.
Ellis restocked the rifle using a block of French walnut with the initial inletting completed by Jan Manning, and final fitting was done by Ellis. The checkering is 20 lpi, and the finish is hand-rubbed, boiled linseed oil with the initial coats containing alkanet to give the stock a deeper red/brown look.