Kibler SMR build tips

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Toneloc

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Pulled the trigger on a Kibler SMR in .45 yesterday. The wait begins.

This will be my first muzzy I've put together, though I've been a wood worker, professional tinkerer, and hack gunsmith my whole life.

Thought I'd check for lessons learned. Anything you wish that you knew or would have did differently on your Kibler SMR build?
 

rangerzdral

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The kit itself is easy to do. As stated above be careful it’s a thin stock, the lollipop tang is long and easy to bend too If not removing the barrel carefully. But honestly with proper care and removing how they show in the videos you will not have an issue. I’ve built a SMR in every caliber by Kibler but 32 cal.
 

Toneloc

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Thanks guys, I have watched all the build videos from Kibler and a few others that are out on youtube from other folks.

Good to know about being extra careful on barrel removal.

I've never done any stock finishing like this before, so that is probably my biggest unknown. I do like the darker look when doing the tannic acid in addition to the iron nitrate, so that was my plan there.
 

Zutt-man

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I realize this is a different gun of Jim’s, but it’s a piece of cake when it comes to ‘gun building’. Jim makes a quality product set up for dummies like us. Lots of guys on this forum have put together his SMR. Take your time, watch his videos and you’ll be just fine. I think I had mine put together in a week’s time (iirc). What style of stock did you go with?
 

Toneloc

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I just went with the plain maple, no upgrade. Being a finishing Newb didn't want to waste extra bucks on fancy wood if it didn't come out great on my first time. Take some of the pressure off.
 

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I just went with the plain maple, no upgrade. Being a finishing Newb didn't want to waste extra bucks on fancy wood if it didn't come out great on my first time. Take some of the pressure off.
I think you’ll find his ‘plain maple’ will have some figure. Good luck! Remember, you must post photos or you have to forfeit your gun to a forum member!
 
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