Polished aluminum will look better on the gray stock.
I agree but the gray is just a stain..... I need to get it all together and see how it runs,this one doesn't need to be flashy.
Can you mill out some of the metal between the rails to reduce weight? If you are epoxying to the forearm you don’t need a lot of strength in the middle.
That's an option, I plan on "swiss cheesing" the top of the plate under the fore end where it won't show and there's about a pound of lead in the butt that could come out too.
If I get the "wheelbase" right and the balance is right I'll probably just go with it as is.
This will probably be the rig I test various 6.5s on if i go down that road.
I may take 1" off the the end behind the rails but as it sits now it's 34.5" from the butt to the tip of the rails.
I'm planning to epoxy and screw it in place when I get done deciding whether to shorten it or not.
Feels pretty heavy but with the other barrel and the sled it was well under 17# but there's a pretty good chance it will be a heavy gun when done.
I want a 4" front but the sled raises the center of gravity combined with the full bull 28" barrel it's nose heavy.
I want it to sit in my rest and bag same as my two custom bench guns and not have to move the rear bag and lower the front rest.
I should have took more pics of the bag rider it's a set of rails from https://fieldandcaveoutfitters.com/
I don't see them on the website now I've had them almost two years. They convert a 3" forend to 4" but I never liked the way they fit the rounded edges of the fore end.
Then there's the "wheel base" issue.
I took a 9" L piece of .5" thick x 3" wide piece of aluminum and drilled and tapped the holes to screw the rails to it to make the bag rider.
Next I had to secure the stock to the mill and still have enough travel to take about 6" and 1/2" deep off the fore end.