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            Ed shooting his Yost Single Shot Schuetzen Rifle Hit Counter

Mr. Edward J. Yost  (1923 - 1990)

After accumulating a  lifetime of shooting experiences, Ed Yost spent almost 10 years painstakingly developed his single shot falling block Schuetzen action in his home workshop.  Thousands upon thousands of hours were spent in testing, trial and error, and improvements, until finally, in the end, every thing was good.  Ed initially made a small batch of actions, with only a handful sold locally.  His long range goal was to build a manufacturing business to bring his wonderful creations to the market place.  But sadly, it was not to be.  

 

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Through Ed Yost's dedicated development, 

the Yost action was born.

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One of Ed's original full size concept sketches from 1981

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Ed Yost Action Design Layout

One of Ed's original design layouts from 1981

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Ed Yost Single Shot Schuetzen Rifle Receiver

Unfinished Developmental Receiver

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Ed Yost designed and built over 25 manufacturing fixtures.

      

   

   

Ed spent thousands of hours designing and machining the fixtures

 

   

Ed's mould patterns and casting blocks for the Yost action.

   

   

   

Ed hand made the hundreds of intricate parts required for his actions.

 

   

   

Ed Yost's original moulds were precision machined and aligned for production.

    

   

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Ed Yost Single Shot Schuetzen Rifle cut-away breech block     Complete Ed Yost Single Shot Schuetzen Rifle Breech Block

A cut-away breech block for development and testing inner parts.

Completed Yost Single Shot Falling Block Rifle

The clean lines of the Yost Schuetzen rifle.  The finished Yost rifle is a real work of art.

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The Following Black & White Photos were taken by Ed Yost in 1985.

They show the actual machining of his very first Action.

Captions in black were written by Ed Yost

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  (The three major Yost action parts prior to machining.)

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  Straightening each wall of receiver.

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  Blocking mortise so area adjacent to 5/16 lever hole can be straightened.

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  Drilling and tapping forend rail mtg. hole.

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   Drilling out core hole to tap drill size for tapped hole for butt stock draw bolt.

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    Tapping butt stock draw bolt hole.

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  Facing top of receiver parallel to barrel shank core. Belt sand both sides to min clean-up.

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    Tapping 3/4-14 NPS thread.

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    Facing receiver square to thread P.D.  Tap chucked dead center.

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    Set up for boring pilot dia. in receiver.

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  Boring pilot dia. concentric with thread P.D.

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  Broaching the mortise for breech block.

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  Broaching the mortise for breech block.

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(Broaching drawbar shown on lathe bed.)

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(Broaching drawbar shown on lathe bed.)

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  Set up for drilling and reaming 5/16 pilot hole for lever in receiver.

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  Drilling 5/16 lever pilot hole.

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  Drilling and tapping main spring screw hole and trigger engagement screw hole.

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  Tapping 13/32-32 firing pin bushing hole.

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    1st operation on lever facing right side.

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  2nd operation on lever facing left side.

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   Milling breech block clearance.  Tangent to both cast radii.

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  Drilling and reaming pivot hole in lever.

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  C' Boring extractor clearance.

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  Milling firing pin.

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  (First completed Yost action shown assembled.)

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