I have finished (at least for now) the persimmon forearm. I’m pleased with it. Some of you may find the schnabel more ‘robust’ than you like. I gave this considerable thought, and the shape is the way I like it, like I said, at least for now. The birch forearm is a little too much like a spear; too pointed for my taste. Not much, but a little. I wanted something less spear-like and a bit ‘beefier’. This rifle is a .416. If it were a .22 or mabye a .24, a ‘splinter’ would be more proportional, but given the caliber, I did’t want ‘delicate’ as the gestalt.
I’m looking forward to having the birch and persimmon butts on, but I’m not looking forward to actually performing the work.
I’m also thinking seriously about putting a front ramp on the barrel and using open sights. This rifle looks really sleek without the scope. We’ll see how things look after the birch butt is installed.