Probably not what most of ya'll were expecting. I appreciate the modern designs, but I'm a traditionalist.
I found a really nice small ring Mauser barrel on gunbroker. New, in the white. .30-06 SPRG 26" with 1-10" twist. Going to cut and recrown it to 24" I know its of European origin, most likely Belgian....maybe even FN.
Family friend gave me a blank his father had; he was a self taught gunsmith. Pretty sure it is Myrtle. Nice and lightweight, but really dense. Also, LOVE the tiger striping.
Going to try to find a Mauser 98 small ring (yes, they do exist) or I may use a Turk. We'll see.