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    Quote Originally Posted by Husky1600 View Post
    Did the Majestic come in one or 2 action lengths? And will they fit in to the same stock as the Viscount or Imperial? Many years ago Graham Henry wrote an article for the Rod and Rifle, "A tale of 2 270's" Both were Imperials I think, definitely not Majestic's,and he shortened the barrel on one for in the bush and kept the other with a long barrel for the tops. Was a good read, and I was fortunate enough to be with him and see him shoot a few animals with both.
    Majestic is in 2 action lengths only, medium & long. The 222 shared the same action as 243 etc. Yes the stocks should be interchangeable except for the knox on the barrel where the leaf sight is fitted for the Viscount - Imperial. A Monarch stock can also be used from memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    I am thinking cost wise the model 7 might be easier.

    A classic wood rifle would be nice but I dont think it that practical in regards to my boy. More for my pleasure than his

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathias View Post
    Too late R93 to bail, this thread is under the control of the BSA freaks....me included
    What about a tikka 7mm08?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmwsm View Post
    Very interesting thread.
    I have a BSA 3006 which my father bought about 1950ish. It's a controlled feed, schnabel (?) fore end, barrel band for the rear sight, and had the "Bezza" muzzle brake. I re-barreled it about fifteen years ago, and now my daughter thinks she owns it. I recently bought a Hunter 222 off here so have a matching pair. I'll post some pictures and numbers if I get a chance tomorrow. Hopefully someone may be able to shed some light on exactly what model the 06 is. I always thought it was a "BSA Lightweight" and remember seeing Tisdalls adds in old NZ Outdoor magazines (late 1960's) advertising very similar rifles as such.
    Sorry R93 they are not for sale. To much history in the 3006 to part with.
    You and other might find this interesting

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    Beat me too it @Sarvo
    @7mmwsm it looks like yours was made in 57/59 featherweight
    From memory the U9 that was mentioned in one of the above posts was assembled and sold in the Sates only.
    Parts made in Birmingham then shipped out. They didn't do all that well.
    The company was sold off and the machines where sent out to Pakistan.
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    Jeez - that Knibbs page is interesting . . if I read it correctly it says "Hunter" was used to describe other that the small 22H/222 actions. As with things firearms much of what is written is not necessarily the whole story. I don't think gunwriters etc publish things that are wrong - just that they didn't have all the info.
    @Sideshow - what is your reference for the "sold off/sent out to Pakistan" thing. Thanks

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    Here's my pair. Sorry about the crap photography. Name:  20170821_143453.jpg
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    @Tentman have a look at Frank DeHasse’s book “Bolt Action Rifles".
    The Hunter series of rifle came in.
    .22 Hornet & .222 Short Action (S.A.)
    Hunter L.A .257 Roberts
    Hunter Viscount M.A .308 .243 & the mighty 7x57
    Hunter Viscount featherweight M.A .300 savage
    Hunter Imperial L.A 30,06
    Hope that helps.
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    Like all posts that mention BSA's this has got seriously out of control.

    If it assists I currently own four BSA [in what I refer to as] Hunters - or at least all started life as controlled feed 222's on the mini BSA action (technically either Hunters or Regents I think). Only one is actually marked "Hunter" but all actions are materially identical:

    - the first originally had the American style stock referred to earlier in discussion but has been significantly reworked with a Krieger match 223 barrel and Allan Carr custom stock (this is the late Erin Boyds old gun for those that remember it from NZ Guns);
    - the second is my Dad's old one also with an American style stock and muzzle break (!) in 222 - completely original;
    - the third has the schnabel style stock but has been bastardised/rechambered to 222 Rem Mag - a project rifle probably for a 20 cal something; and
    - the fourth is even more of a bitser and is in 223 (planning to rebarrel to 6mm/223)

    I used to have a fifth in 22 Hornet and I also used to have a collection of 308 and 7x57 Royals but sold those off. I still have a near new 270 Majestic lightweight with a 3x Leupold which is outstanding and one of my favourite rifles.

    My view is there are no fixed rules with BSA's and although I have Knibbs' book I think I would bravely say I don't think he has every model variant covered. I've also seen 1950's adverts that express further names for the same actions. Action size and feed mechanism seems to be the main determinative of the earlier 'models' and I think it more useful referrring to calibre and feed system rather than trying to crystal ball gaze model name. I have seen lightweight versions in the .473 bolt face calibres (243, 308, 7x57, 270, 30-06) - both Majestic and Royal/Imperial/Viscount (whatever you call it) - but I have never seen a lightweight version of the 22 Hornet/222 action.
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    [QUOTE=huntsika;629930]
    seriously out of control.

    OK - back to plastic Sako or Tika then it is

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    I don't think it has got out of control at all?

    Good discussion more like.

    It will get out of control if I can't find a good donor action tho

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    What about a Sako action? Length of your choice?
    May be easier to find than a BSA. Probably won't leak oil either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    What about a Sako action? Length of your choice?
    May be easier to find than a BSA. Probably won't leak oil either.
    Never gave sako a thought to be honest.

    I would hazard a guess the donor sako action would cost more than the whole build using something else anyway.

    I have had a good run on mod 7 and 700 actions.

    Not that there is anything going wrong with them but I am not really a tikka or sako fan anyway.


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    Just thought because of the 4 different actions lengths to choose from. something for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    I know this is a long shot but ya never know.

    I am after a complete rifle or an action for a build for my boys 16th birthday.

    I have decided on the above or a model 7 for the build.
    Would prefer the BSA.

    Cheers

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