Buehler Custom Sporting Arms LLC

Maker of Fine Sporting Rifles

Fall season at Buehler CSA

November is national gunsmith appreciation month.  After a successful hunt take your favorite gunsmith out for lunch or coffee and let him know that he is appreciated 😉

In October I made a short trip to Switzerland, mainly to visit family, but some business was involved as well. The fall colors in the middle of October where very pretty. My oldest son accompanied me on the trip.

Here a picture of the Rhine, with the view towards the Safienttal, in Graubuenden. That’s where I grew up.

That’s me on the last day. The weather started to turn and it snowed in higher elevation.

It was great to visit with some colleagues. Peter Kammermann (right) and I apprenticed together and he has a shop in the Kanton of LU. I also had the chance to visit with Peter Brun, who was during that time my supervisor and is today the Godfather of my youngest son and still works in the workshop at “Felder Waffen”.

Now I’m back and hard at work again. Bellow are pictures of projects in the works. Top: Milling of custom scope rings. Bottom: Preparing a new rifle in the caliber .404 Jeffery for finishing.

 

 

 

 

The “Gunmaker” and the ACGG

The American Custom Gunmakers Guild (ACGG) is an organization who’s main function is to promote craftsmanship, artisanship and skill in building fine firearms, and promote awareness of custom gunmakers and their craft. It is a fine organization and I have been a professional member since 2007. In order to become accepted, a craftsman has to submit certain aspects of his work for evaluation by the membership. The ACGG has an ethics comity that follows established guidelines and can benefit those who create and those who use custom guns. It can mediate in disputes between client and member. I would like to encourage anybody who enjoys fine firearms and craftsmanship to become an associate member of the guild. The guild publishes quarter yearly a magazine named the “Gunmaker”. I’m thankful to the guild for publishing several times guns of mine on the cover page of the magazine. And also for publishing several articles. A subscription of the magazine is included in the basic membership.

In the current issue of the gunmaker, the front and rear cover feature 2 of my rifles. The rifle up front is a .300 H&H rifle and the rifle on the rear page a 6.5×55 rifle.

Front cover of a left hand .416 Rigby rifle that I built several years ago.

Fall 2009 issues, featuring on the front and on the back a .500 Jeffery rifle I built. That was a great project and the rifle has extended top and bottom tangs.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the articles that was published in the magazine.

Check out the ACGG website for more information. And I would like to encourage you to browse the gallery pages. There are numerous pictures posted of work by the members.

https://www.acgg.org/

On a side note, the rifle pictured in the ad is a Buehler CSA .404 Jeffery rifle that I built several years ago.

 

Treasures for sale

Through good fortune I have been contacted by a client who’s grandfather was a great collector of custom guns. When he passed away, a number of unfinished projects and rifle actions where left behind. I am selling these items on consignment. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of the actions. Or perhaps you are interested in a project. Let’s discuss it, I would be delighted to build a custom rifle for you, tailored to your ideas.

  1. Westley Richards Falling block action. $3500

You just don’t find something like this. A beautiful vintage British falling block action in top condition. This rifle is perfectly suited for nitro powder cartridges up to .500 NE. A new oversize extractor has been fit to accept any rimmed cartridge.

    2. Miniature Farqhuarson action by Clayton Nelson. Please contact me for price.

This action was build in the 80’s. It is perfectly suited from a .22 hornet to perhaps a .30-30 Winchester and would make just a gorgeous custom gun. I have also an identical action for rim-fire cartridges.

3. Hagn action. Medium large. $3300

Mint Hagn falling block action. Perfectly suited for modern cartridges from medium rimmed or rimless cartridges to about a .404 Jeffery size. The strength and quality of these actions is second to none. This action has the older action shape which I like better then the shape on the new models.

4. Remington Hepburn action. $1500

Beautiful, clean action. With small firing pin, ready for nitro powder cartridges. Very professionally polished action. I have another available. That one is in original condition with 75 % bluing, set trigger and black powder firing pin, priced at $1000.

5. Winchester High Wall take-down action. $2500

What a find. Totally restored action with single set trigger. It has interrupted threats and is ready for a take down barrel. The firing pin is original and would need to be modified for modern cartridges.

6. Winchester Thick Wall action. $1500

Wow, original thick wall action, none modified. The main flat spring is missing but can easily be furbished. With double set trigger.

7. Various Winchester High-wall and  one Low-wall action. From $700 – $2500.

Please contact me for more information at reto@customsportingarms.com or call at (541) 664 9109

I have also several barreled actions for sale. I will post these very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Re-stocking a Winchester 70

This has been a great project. A customer has had this pre-64 Winchester 70, for a while, has hunted with it successfully and built great memories with it. I’m not sure, but I believe he received it from his father. The caliber of the rifle is .300 H&H. He decided to re-stock it with a nice piece of Turkish walnut and dress it up some. I added a checkered bolt handle to it, a barrel sling swivel band and a new Sunny Hill bottom metal. Here are some pictures of the work as it progressed:

The stock was rough carved on a pantograph machine. About 80% of the internal work was done on the machine. In the picture above and bellow I’m in the process of inletting the barreled action into the stock, using hand tools.

The ebony forearm tip has been added and the inletting is completed.

The bulk on the right side has been removed and the cheek piece is taking on shape.

Rough shaping of the stock to the customers dimensions, which where previously determined with our try-gun.

The picture bellow shows the sanded stock with the first coat of finish applied to it, standing next to the original stock. What a difference, wouldn’t you agree?

 

A bunch of coats later, the stock is ready for checkering.

Checkering in progress.

I left a diamond shaped space un-checkered on the forearm and made and then fit an escutcheon into it. Using the original bushing and screw would have been easier, but the visual effect is certainly nicer this way.

 

The stock is now pretty much finished, and the barreled action is currently in the process of being rust blued. If you have a rifle, shotgun or combination gun that you would like to have re-stocked, please contact me at (541) 664 9109 or per email at reto@customsportingarms.com . I would love to discuss your project with you.

 

Custom sight ramps in process

A good customer of mine recently mentioned that he had no idea how many of the parts on my custom rifles are being manufactured by me and where not purchased from suppliers. That made me think that perhaps I should post more often pictures of work in progress. The following pictures I took recently while working on the sight ramps of a rifle in the caliber .404 Jeffery.

I’m starting with a picture of a quarter rib in process for a “Buehler English Express” rifle. First the rib is rough machined, then roughly hand-fitted to the barrel.

Then I machined the dovetail for the rear sight and profiled the rib further. The ribs slightly warp during the machining and require final hand-fitting. The goal is to achieve a great fit, so that the rib can be soldered onto the barrel without adding any stress to the barrel.

A barrel band and the front sight ramp are also fitted at this stage. These parts are also made here in the shop. The picture is of a custom machined front sight ramp, barrel band and the quarter rib, all ready for soldering.

This picture was taken after soldering and before washing off of the solder flux. What a beautiful mess it is at this stage. As long as the parts are very well fitted and the soldering has been meticulously performed, the solder joints are incredibly strong and absorb shock very well. It will last for hundreds of years, as proven by so many old muzzle-loaders.

After the excess solder was removed, I then filed and polished the ramps to the final shapes and installed the sights.

A lot of work, no doubt, but I hope you will agree that the outcome is worth it.

 

 

 

 

A Buehler English Express rifle in .404 Jeffery

The .404 Jeffery caliber has really made a nice comeback. For good reasons. It is a great performing cartridge and milder in recoil then most of the big game calibers. It has been certainly popular in my shop and I’m happy to present a .404 Jeffery rifle I just finished. This is what I refer to as my model “Buehler English Express”. The owner of this rifle truly enjoys fine walnut and I’m very pleased how this particular stock blank has turned out and hopefully it will give him enjoyment for many years to come.

This picture is of the stock in process.

A lot of work goes into each rifle. Each stock blank is unique and one of a kind. This stock is made of Turkish walnut and has a wonderful natural color. The rifle is equipped with a Leupold scope and a quick detachable scope mount. It also has a removable peep sight that can be stored in the grip cap.

 

And here are pictures of the end result.

 

 

 

 

 

Test firing of new rifles

Finally spring is in the air and the weather is warming up. This has been a long, rainy winter in Southern Oregon. I have been busy finishing up some rifles in recent weeks. One of the most important tasks is the final test firing of each rifle, with the scope and the open sights. Each rifle is carefully tested for accuracy and function before the delivery to the customer.

This picture is of a Ruger #1 in .303 British. It is one of a pair of rifles and is equipped with a set trigger.

The .303 performed wonderful at the range, is very mild in recoil and fun to shoot. The rimmed cartridges are just really well suited for single shot rifles.

This picture is of a Buehler – Mauser 98 in the caliber .416 Ruger. I like that cartridge. It works and feeds beautiful in a standard Mauser 98 action, and the receiver doesn’t need to be opened up for this cartridge. The recoil I find comparable with a .404 Jeffery, perhaps a little stronger, but not too bad.

The beautiful walnut came from Turkey. The receiver is a vintage Mauser Oberndorf large ring, with a Blackburn magazine box .

This rifle is a Buehler – Mauser in 7x 57. The overall styling of the rifle has been based on the looks and features of Holland & Holland rifle of more recent production. The 7×57 is another one of these timeless calibers and is one of my all time favorites.

The receiver is also of vintage Mauser Oberndorf production. And the accuracy of the rifle with factory ammo is fantastic as the 5 shot group at 100 yds. proves.

 

SCI Convention 2017

 

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the SCI convention (Safari Club International) in Las Vegas. As in previous years I had the honor to work at the booth of W.J.Jeffery and to represent their company. I also could show off a couple of my rifles at their booth.

It was very nice to visit with my customers that attended the show and it was great to re-connect. The show itself seemed to have low attendance and I actually had the time to see more of it then I have in previous years. As usual, the taxidermy displays where outstanding.

It always is great to see friends at these shows. Over the years I have been able to forge new friendships and make new contacts.

Mike Schwandt & Kendall Nash

Sarah Fernandes and Charles Williams of Williams Fieldsports, LLC. www.williamsfieldsports.com

It always is great to see the fine people at the Hartmann & Weiss booth.

This picture is my favorite. I have admired the works of art and the achievements of Mr. Hartmann (right) and Mr. Weiss (left) for many years. The picture bellow is of Max Ern junior. Despite his young age he is already a master at his craft. Sometimes I wonder if people fully realize how much work, dedication and skill goes into the making of the guns of these German masters. Their guns inspire me, but also humble me at the same time.

D’Arcy Echols and Cambell Smith, ready in the morning for the show to open up.

After being at the show for 4 days and after a long drive home, I’m glad to be back again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!!

And here we are, in 2017. Happy New Year and best wishes to all of you! I would like to take this opportunity and thank all of my customers for supporting my business and for allowing me to do what I like doing most, the building of custom firearms. It is such a privilege to working with all of you!

2016 has been a bit of a difficult year for me and my family. We certainly experienced a few ups and down and a surgery has kept me from working in the shop for the last 7 weeks. We are however doing really good and I’m delighted to be working fulltime again, praise the Lord!

For us in the gun trade, the new political landscape offers a breath of relief. I don’t expect any new regulations imposed on us for some time to come. This will allow for many of us to plan much better for the future. I hope the country will be able to heal it’s wounds and come back together again.

In 2017 I’m planning to complete a few nice commissions. I have currently in process a .470 side-lock double rifle, a falling block rifle in .17hmr and a few bolt  and falling block rifles of various calibers. A few unusual projects are awaiting attention, among them an Express rifle in .22lr. and a falling block rifle in .218 Bee. There is no shortage of variety. For my personal amusement I’m planning to build in “my time off” an electric guitar, made off walnut and maple. Something that has been floating around in my mind for years.

.500 Jeffery rifle in process.

Well, there is lot’s to be done, lets get on with it.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

Leather covered recoil pads – a nice touch

On many occasions I have been asked to leather cover recoil pads on guns belonging to customers, or on one of my custom rifles.  If it is done well, it really is a nice upgrade. It glides smooth on the shoulder and many customers have been enjoying the looks and the feel of it. I use almost exclusively natural pig skin. I know of people that have used goat and ostrich skin and achieved great results. Mostly I use on my rifles Pachmayer Decelerator pads. If they are thicker then 1/2″, plugs for the screws can be cut out. On thin pads I cut two small slots into the leather to reach the screws.

So, the first step typically is to soak the leather for a time in water in order to make it more playable. The recoil pad will be installed and ground to fit the stock, then ground further down, to compensate for the thickness of the leather. The plugs are then cut out on the back and everything is being rounded and re-shaped on a disk grinder.

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The next step is to stretch the wet leather over the pad.

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After the leather has completely dried, I peel the leather off the pad, and glue it on with contact cement. The excess is cut off, but enough is left to tuck it under the pad.

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Little cuts are made so that the bottom fold can be glued on smooth. Also the leather is cut at the plug area, then folded and glued into the plug holes.

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If all has worked out as desired, the leather is ready to be stained. Plugs are made of rubber and are also leather covered.

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One of the final steps is to burnish decorative groves into the leather at the bottom of the pad.

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Finally the pad is polished with shoe polish and installed on the gun stock.

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The leather covering of recoil pads is one of those odd skills one picks up over the years.

 

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