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The Phoenix rifle
Old 12-13-2016, 04:28 PM
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Default The Phoenix rifle

Remember this one?


An old L461 varmint .223 I bought cheap for a donor action for my .20-222 project. Part of the attraction was the beautifully light trigger, the Hillver bridge mount and 30mm rings, and that poor bashed up stock which I would have no qualms in modifying.

Two seperate gunsmiths looked at the action and declared it was beyond saving due to very worn bolt lugs. What to do?

Well first thing was to find another donor, which was done with a sporter .222 in much better shape found in the LGS.

While the worn barrelled action (did I mention that the barrel has no rifling for the first 1-2 inches) languished in the safe that poor old stock was sent away to a couple of stock duplicators (inc Cameron Hatcher) to allow them to cut a pattern.

Once the stock I shot a few groups with the worn out .223 barrel, and the equally poor sporter .222 barrel from donor #2. Both shot just over an inch at 100m which I found extraordinary given their condition. The mental cogs got turning- perhaps with even a half decent barrel this thing might shoot OK?

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