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Pardon my ignorance, but why the horrors with the bolt? Admittedly, all bolt guns look pretty much the same to me, but what makes a proper bolt handle vs not?

It is all aethetics or does form still follow function in priorities?


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Originally Posted By: Gary Duffey
It is always a sort of crossroad on rifles like this and I really like these armory stocked rifles. That said I will just play "if it were mine." The K Hornet chamber is the biggest issue of all for me, so without that sleeved or rebarelled I would do a plan B overhaul. I would tap and plug front ring, re-install G&H mount (7/8") and I would want to reconfigure bolt and stock cut. I would clean up butplate do my best on wood at butt and have fun with it. Oh..... And nothing wrong with K hornet I just don't want one. I think mine is about a $500.00 project. Nice rifle and I like it!


I like your plan B Gary. Mount an Alaskan or Zielklien low enough that it would require the bolt to be modified. Then just reshape the handle and checker the knob. The bolt handle cut in the stock goes lower than the Lyman 48 cut so it would be hard to hide. See how it shoots, and if it does not shoot then we can sleeve the barrel and take it back to straight Hornet.

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Originally Posted By: BrentD
Pardon my ignorance, but why the horrors with the bolt? Admittedly, all bolt guns look pretty much the same to me, but what makes a proper bolt handle vs not?

It is all aethetics or does form still follow function in priorities?



Just aesthetics and originality. When the rifle left G&H, it most likely had a G&H side mount with likely a Zielklien mounted hi enough that the original bolt was not modified. At least that is the way most of these are found. Many will also have target blocks on the receiver ring and barrel for an external adjustment scope. Unfortunately the ring on this one was drilled for the incorrect spacing.

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You could have Steve Earl make a set of blocks to fit those holes and return to the external adjust scope.

It is a nice rifle from what I can see.


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Thought it was about time to give an update on this project. After sitting on it for a couple years, I decided that the only thing of real value on the rifle was the converted action and magazine. So I decided to take the action and pretty much start over. I really like these old 1922 Hornets, but they usually still have the original armory barrel which makes them quite heavy for a walking varmint rifle which to me is what the Hornet is best suited. With that in mind I turned a light sporter contour barrel and threaded it for the 1922 action. I then took the action, barrel, a stock blank, and sent it all to Duane Weibe and told him to make a rifle out of it. I wanted something in the style of the pre-war rifles, but did not want him to deviate to far from his typical style. Duane stocks in the classic style so he just closed up the grip slightly and made the forend just slightly longer than what he typically would on his big game rifles. I am still waiting on the rifle, but we do have some progress pictures so I thought I'd share those here.

Due to all the various bore diameters and twists used on Hornets over the years, I decided to have the Engraver put the groove diameter and twist rate above the wood line opposite the caliber markings.

The scope I will be using is a short receiver mounted external adjustment Fecker small game scope in case anyone was wondering about the scope base on the bridge. The trap buttplate has a cavity to hold the lens caps while you are shooting so they do not get lost.

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Now that is my concept of class. Very nice!

I always wanted to do something similar w/ @ MI or MII Springfield but in .22 LR. Unfortunately someone always offered me more than I could resist for the donor action(s) before I got the project started.

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Thanks for the update, I look forward to more in the future.

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My M1 updated to M2, serial number 251, is a classic stocked in English Walnut beauty built probably in the forties by "Gibson, Fairfax, VA.", probably a stockmaker employed by Parker-Whelen in Washington, D.C. The gun has a Townsend Whelen flavor to it and shoots into one hole at 50 yards with Wolf Match ammunition.

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I’m looking forward to hearing how this rifle shoots. What a great project John.

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