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#518710 07/18/18 10:29 PM
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These are some pictures of a custom rifle that Herschel owns, he is posting them in response to a thread started by eightbore to encourage participation. I was glad to post these pictures for him and would be glad to do so for any member of this forum.

















Can you guess the stockmaker?

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Shelhamer restyled Armory stock. The plugged sling swivel hole on the toe, and the inletting are the dead giveaway that the stock is an armory stock. The checkering, brass thing around the forend screw, and horn grip cap are the Shelhamer indicators. I've yet to see a Shelhamer stock without the brass thing around the screw, and all but one Shelhamer has had that exact same horn grip cap.

Very nice rifle. These armory stocks made into very nice looking stocks if done right. If you compare the original stock to one of Shelhamers restyled ones, you can see that there are some places where he did little more than remove the original finish from the stock, and other places where 1/4" of wood had to be removed.

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Thanks to PhysDoc for posting the pictures. When I bought the rifle it was represented to be a Shelhamer/Neidner. When I went to Petrov's Volume 2 to find some characteristics to satisfy myself that it was indeed a Shelhamer/Neidner I found a picture of this exact rifle on page 31. The serial number is not given in the text but the knot on the left side of the the stock near the buttplate and the the brown streak on the right side of the stock prove it is the same rifle.

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Herschel, That's a fine 22. Thanks for the chance to see it. My son has a Shelhamer- stocked Model 52 Winchester. It has a much smaller action , of course, but it isn't any more graceful than this one.


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Would love to see that one Bill.

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Say, I've often wondered, did Tom Shelhamer mark his stocks when he worked for Niedner? In Michael's second volume, he wrote
"After the war when Tom Shelhamer left the Niedner Rifle Corporation and started working out of his home he begin (sic) the practice of not only stamping his name 'T. SHELHAMER' and a number under the buttplate in the wood."

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I've only taken the buttplate off 4 Shelhamer rifles from the Niedner days, but none of those had his stamp. Every later rifle I had had a chance to take apart has had the stamp and number. It is a one piece stamp. For what it is worth, I have seen at least one rifle that said T Shelhamer under the buttplate stamped with individual characters. The workmanship on said rifle did not support it being made by the same Tom Shelhamer that we are familiar with.

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Thanks John, I appreciate that clarification.

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