So over the last couple years I collected the correct Steyr, and the correct Bulldog .38, and about a week ago I started (finally) on my BR blaster.
What you're looking at here
is the properly machined Steyr rear part. A real Steyr plastic magazine holder, Sidkit worldcon grips, Coyle Trigger protector. I machined the barrel from steel myself, and also the Bulldog grip surround, so that it would be accurate aluminum.
That's a sidkit detail piece on the side, and I'm using a Coyle detail piece on the other side.
In general, the Coyle metal pieces are better metal, harder, etc, but the Sidkit pieces (I've built several) are better castings. Those two side detail pieces are the ONLY non original or Savage machined parts that will remain on the gun when it's finished.
Gottal tell you, the weight of the thing is so nice. Also knowing that i can put it in it's holster without scratching it. That's nice too.
My hat goes off to Phil S and Mr. Coyle for all their original problem solving though. The amount of problem solving has been very very difficult. And I had the benefit of the worldcon pix. they did not. I can't imagine cutting into parts from a 1500 dollar rifle and hoping you're making the right decision.
I've been doing all the machining and gunsmithing on a MicroMark bought Microlux Lathe and Mill, both with DRO, and I've been using carbide (expensive) milling bits exclusively. broken 3 already. Gun steel is no picnic to machine. The little splinters that come off are the worst. Stick in your clothes.
Anyway, I'll keep some progress pix coming, though I'm off to Alaska for 2 weeks. Please don't ask about parts, I have no interest in doing a run of these whatsoever.
I also don't have the time (sorry) to carefully document the entire process, it's just too labor intensive right now.