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Anyone out there ever do a build of the original M40? I am in the process now, I have everything I need so far except the sling. Anyone know where I can get a 1-1/4" military web sling? I thought it would be the easiest piece of the puzzle but it is proving to be pretty elusive. I will gladly post pics when the build is done as well as all the sources of info I used to make this rifle as authentic and period correct as possible. It has been great so far learning everything I can about this Rem. I will say that the more I learn about the original M40 the more respect I have for the Marine Snipers that used it in Vietnam. They had a lot to deal with back then. Thanks.
 

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Mate, thats awesome, A bloke on Sniper Central was doing a Vietnam Era Spec build M40. It was one fine rifle. Please post pics when you can. I done know where you could get the sling from. Call up one of the gunsmiths that do a M40 build and ask them where they get it from.
 

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Thanks Quick, I will post pics. Right now I have the stock finished except for some final touches. Later this month I will be getting the barrel and receiver mated and doing the machining work on the receiver for the stripper clip cutout. I then have to send it out for parkerizing. Once it's all done I will post a lot of pics and build info. I got a lot of info from the sniper central blog, it was very informative. If you ever want to know about the M40 in detail, the best book I ever read was "The One Round War" by Peter Senich. Awesome book. Take care Mate!
 

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This sounds like a good project. If you are having trouble finding a strap I have seen the "bulk" webbing materials at a surplus store. I wonder if you could just make one?

It might destroy the sewing machine with that kind of materials. I'm kinda surprised it would be hard to find really.

Have you had any more luck finding one on the web?
 

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Thanks SemperFi. I think I may have found a couple options on e-bay. I'll let you know how it works out.

Ron
 

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Anyone out there ever do a build of the original M40? I am in the process now, I have everything I need so far except the sling. Anyone know where I can get a 1-1/4" military web sling? I thought it would be the easiest piece of the puzzle but it is proving to be pretty elusive. I will gladly post pics when the build is done as well as all the sources of info I used to make this rifle as authentic and period correct as possible. It has been great so far learning everything I can about this Rem. I will say that the more I learn about the original M40 the more respect I have for the Marine Snipers that used it in Vietnam. They had a lot to deal with back then. Thanks.
IIRC the M40 was issued with a leather sling (M1907) and not web.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M40_rifle

The M1907 sling is available from Turner Slings.

http://turnersling.com/miva/merchant.mvc
 

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Maybe so, I was going by the book "The One Round War" by Peter Senich. He states in his book that they were issued with both. Thanks for the info, I guess that's why I couldn't find it.
 

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Nice rifles mate. I love the M40.
 

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Thanks for the pics VSSF! Where did you get the picture of the correct base? That's one thing that is about near impossible to get. Is your scope a second generation Redfield? Does it have the accu-range system? I got a hold of a first generation scope with the accu-range that is in mint condition. I just have to send it off to get it annodized green to make it correct for first gen. I only know one place that does it and the waiting period will be about 6 months once I send it in but it will be worth it because the guy is the best from what I see and read. You have a great looking rifle there! Great to see other M40 fans
 

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Hey Quick, I'm actually in your part of the world right now. I'm in Surabaya, Indonesia just a bit North of the Great Australia. I have to leave the country after 30 days so i can renew my Visa. I may go to Darwin for a weekend. Are there gun shops around most cities so I can shop while I'm there? I would love to see some 700's in Australia if i go there.
 

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Pics are of my base,got lucky finding that one. If you use this base on the rifle, I couldn't get mine to hit inside of 300yds,too much MOA in the base. (This one lives in a bag in my gun safe soaked in oil) My scope is 2nd gen. accurange too. I put the flat safety on my gun too. Rings are dated 66.

Here's getting my box signed by Jim Land,nice to live around here,ton's of history.

 

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WOW! That is awesome. To meet a legend like that is great. I would love the opportunity to be able to just sit and listen to his stories. Thanks for the pics, great looking M40! I will always keep my eyes open for M40 parts at gun shows and on the internet. It seems like a lot of people know what they have and the prices have shot right up. I bought my first gen accu-range in May, in mint condition for $200.00, which I think is a steal. I have had good luck with rings and bases, now I just need to get home to finish the project. I used an old ADL stock I bought at a gunshow, removed the checkering, stained it, and put several coats of linseed oil. I will still keep my eyes open for a M40 stock and use it if I can. Thanks VSSF!
 

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He lives about 20 minutes north of me,see him alot at the local shows. Buddy of mine was doing a rifle for him. Had him sign my Senich book too in a few spots.
 

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Nice pics mate. It looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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VSSF real nice rifle there and quite some history behind it. Cool to meet some people from history like that :D
 
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