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Birdhunter50
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Simson .405 Winchester
      #265159 - 18/05/15 12:38 PM

This is my Simson .405 Winchester that I finished up last year. It has 24 inch McGowan barrels on it and it is fitted for a Leupold scope in quick detach Talley rings. The Simson action has sideclips, cocking indicators, and a greener crossbolt. It was proof tested for 300 grain jacketed spire points at 2100 FPS. It is also fitted with a rear express sight with one standing leaf and two folding leaves and a orange fiber optic bead front sight.
The checkering is 26 lines per inch on a very nice piece of hard curly walnut. I think the stock is made of Bastogne but it might be Claro, I should have written it down. The stock is fitted with a steel gripcap, sling swivel stud, and a Kick Eze recoil pad. My good friend Brian Dudley did most of the hard parts on the wood work, including all the checkering. He does first class work!

I am sorry about the picture quality of the shots with the green background, they look washed out. The ones with the blue carpet background are closer to the true colors of the wood. Bob



























Edited by CptCurl (06/05/17 10:18 PM)


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Ash
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #265169 - 18/05/15 06:26 PM

Sir, you do beautiful work! Do you have a website or shop? Or is it all for personal use?

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Birdhunter50
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Ash]
      #265177 - 19/05/15 12:22 AM

Ash,
I mostly build what I like and then sell of one or two when I get too many or I get tired of one of them. Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #265179 - 19/05/15 02:31 AM

Bob;

Excellent.

Steve


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Birdhunter50
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: transvaal]
      #265185 - 19/05/15 07:35 AM

Steve,
Thanks, Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #265187 - 19/05/15 08:10 AM

I think the scallops on Simsons are a classy touch. The machining for the Talley rings on the rib is nice and discreet as well. And this one has a "proper" forearm to boot.

Another nice gun

Eric

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Mauser416]
      #265189 - 19/05/15 09:02 AM

Another lovely rifle Bob, A double in .405 would be sweet.

Have you taken it bush yet?


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Mauser416
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Bidgee]
      #265197 - 19/05/15 11:59 AM

Only a double in 45-120 would be better.

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Bidgee]
      #265200 - 19/05/15 02:19 PM

Quote:

Another lovely rifle Bob, A double in .405 would be sweet.

Have you taken it bush yet?




Yes I agree, that would be sweet to shoot and lovely to own


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Viking338]
      #265205 - 19/05/15 02:39 PM

Bob,
Was the Simson a 12 bore before?
John


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Ash
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Viking338]
      #265210 - 19/05/15 05:42 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Another lovely rifle Bob, A double in .405 would be sweet.

Have you taken it bush yet?




Yes I agree, that would be sweet to shoot and lovely to own





And a perfect all rounder for Aus.

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Ash]
      #265225 - 19/05/15 10:24 PM

I used to own a Simson in .405- original factory chambering- and I gotta say I like yours better! Well done.
Doug


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Birdhunter50
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Bidgee]
      #265226 - 19/05/15 10:39 PM

Bidgee,
I have not had a chance to hunt with it yet. Here in Iowa we have no rifle deer seasons anymore and no wild hogs either. I may have to get an out of state Missouri license and see if I can find a deer to shoot with it. Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Mauser416]
      #265227 - 19/05/15 10:41 PM

Mauser416,
I'm working on it, give me a break, O.K.? I need to do two of them you know, plus the .450 #2 to be finished! Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Viking338]
      #265228 - 19/05/15 10:43 PM

Viking338,
Not yet but it is being planned. Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: gallatin]
      #265229 - 19/05/15 10:47 PM

gallatin,
Yes, the gun frame is a 12 gauge frame. It might be possible to build one on a 16 gauge frame but the 12 gauge helps me to get the weight distribution and the overall weight right for this caliber.
Bob


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Birdhunter50
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Ash]
      #265230 - 19/05/15 10:50 PM

Ash,
Yes, I agree. It was after all, one of Teddy's favorite calibers when he went to Africa. I'm sure it would do the job on about anything in Australia as well. Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: gungadoug]
      #265231 - 19/05/15 10:51 PM

gungadoug,
Thanks for looking and the kind words. Bob


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xausa
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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #265232 - 19/05/15 11:39 PM

Quote:

I have not had a chance to hunt with it yet. Here in Iowa we have no rifle deer seasons anymore and no wild hogs either. I may have to get an out of state Missouri license and see if I can find a deer to shoot with it. Bob




Give me a shout when deer season rolls around. I'm sure you could help me with my deer overpopulation. And Tennessee IS contiguous with Missouri (sort of). I also have a .405 double which has not yet been blooded.


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: xausa]
      #265237 - 20/05/15 01:08 AM

Nicely done, Bob - what a wonderful piece of flame grained curl, in that Walnut.

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: xausa]
      #265308 - 20/05/15 11:27 PM

xausa,
Thanks for the invite, I may just take you up on this one. Bob


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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #265955 - 05/06/15 10:27 PM

Bob nice work, I have its brother, its wood isn't as nice but it is a good factory made 405 from between the wars that just shoot great.

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: gallatin]
      #265958 - 05/06/15 11:22 PM

gallatin, Yes the guns' frame was 12 gauge. I felt a 16 gauge would have been too small and light for this caliber. Bob

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: AZDAVE]
      #265959 - 05/06/15 11:25 PM

AZDAVE, That sounds like a wonderful gun. I'm sure you enjoy a lot. Bob

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Re: Simson .405 Winchester [Re: Birdhunter50]
      #273002 - 11/11/15 04:40 AM

Birdhunter50,
That is a fine looking .405 double, thank you for posting; I located your post while doing Google searches for " simson .405 double rifles" after learning from AZDAVE that there is such a rifle.
I have been looking for a .405 double rifle and really like your work.

Can you answer a couple of questions for me?
1. You say you proofed the rifle with 300 grain bullets at 2100 fps; was this Hornady factory ammo?
2. Did you regulate it with the same ammo?
3. Is the regulation parallel and if not, at what range do the barrels cross?
4. I did not see the stock sling swivel stud on the butt stock; is it recessed into the stock?

Thank you,
CRS

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