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    BSA Viscount Featherweight.243

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    serial Prefix 11B
    22" Gunworks stainless barrel
    Reblued and fully bedded stock by Allen Carr.
    Hardy suppressor.
    RCBS dies.
    130 cases
    280 SST 95gr projectiles
    Tasco 4-16 AO scope
    Excellent condition. Barrel condition 10/10
    Pick up Manawatu or send by arrangement.
    $1400

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    nice....seriously nice.... should do someone very well,and with current projectile shortages its very attractive package deal.
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    Not wanting to hijack your thread, but would you know what the difference is between a Royal and a Viscount, I noticed the below excerpt I copied and pasted has the same prefix 11B. I can't find any reference to Royal on any of the BSA ID sites


    BSA Royal Featherweight .243 RARE!!

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    One of my all-time favorite rifles, here is a superb offering of the ultra scarce and little known BSA Royal Featherweight in 243 caliber! I have only seen about 3 of these ever listed, and none were even close to as good as this one. As Alaska's Master Guide #133, I carried an identical but 30-06 Caliber version of this rifle for about 25 of the 36 years of my career. They are wonderfully light at just a tad over 6 pounds, shoulder and point beautifully, and NEVER fail due to their old-world craftsmanship and robust CLAW extractor. They are among the finest sporting rifles ever created and, much like the very similar Husqvarnas of the same era, drastically underappreciated by the average American sportsman. The specs on this one are as follows: S/N 11B*** made in England during the mid 1950s
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    Bloody nice shame the bolt is on the wrong side
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    The 11B serial number indicates it is a Viscount. I dont think BSA listed a "Royal". With earlier BSA's, the best ones, before the cost cutting etc there was the Hunter, Regent, Viscount, Imperial and Emperor.
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    Thanks for your comment regarding the model. Yes I am aware of all BSA models be it rimfire or centrefire. A website under John Knibbs gives a full ist of any ever made with the year/years of manufacture and the models. His reference to 11B is Hunter/ Viscount 1957-1970. The model is the one before the Majestic and has similar features regarding stock design, lighter action and drilled bolt knob. I've had a Majestic for nearly 55 and laying them side by side the similarities are quite easy to see except the Viscount has a controled feed action.

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    They were the "Royal" line of rifles. it is the action length. Hunters were the original short actions in 22 Hornet & 222 and were marked Hunter on the bolt. After that they were called Regent. Viscounts are the medium action. And the long actions were called Imperials. They were manufactured for 5 years 1954-59 and then the Majestic line followed. Then Monarchs 1st pattern, 2nd pattern and lastly the CF2 line. That's the guts of it although there are "Featherweight" in the Royal & Majestic lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSA View Post
    They were the "Royal" line of rifles. it is the action length. Hunters were the original short actions in 22 Hornet & 222 and were marked Hunter on the bolt. After that they were called Regent. Viscounts are the medium action. And the long actions were called Imperials. They were manufactured for 5 years 1954-59 and then the Majestic line followed. Then Monarchs 1st pattern, 2nd pattern and lastly the CF2 line. That's the guts of it although there are "Featherweight" in the Royal & Majestic lines.
    Mine are marked "Hunter" on left hand side of receiver, nothing on the bolt, my Majestic has "Majestic" on the bolt.
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    My Hunter .222 and Majestic .270 are exactly the same as you have stated regarding yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetawa View Post
    Mine are marked "Hunter" on left hand side of receiver, nothing on the bolt, my Majestic has "Majestic" on the bolt.
    I stand corrected. You are right and the Monarch's have 5 stars on the bolt. Gracias.
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    @BSA270 Can you post some better pictures just showing the rifle in detail ,one of the blokes who comes on our Stewart Island trips was looking for one of these for his son ,he is not a member so l will pass them on.From memory he was talking about original in appearance ie all blued,but for me the fact Carr has worked on it & it can now be cerakoted a Old School Blue coloring should make it of interest to him . .
    @BSA , @Husky1600 , @BSA270 , @tetawa , etc ,etc who have a bit of knowledge on the 'high end 'models of the old BSA rifles should throw together a bit of a post & share info on them,there is always a lot of interest & questions asked when one is mentioned .For me l would like to know which of the high end models were controlled round feed & is there a preferred model/year of manufacture .
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    +1 Good idea @bunji..

    Can the experienced BSA people put heads together and create a reference thread clarifying BSA models, years, action details, quality etc. This would be helpful. They are very good rifles - most of them - and have enjoyed long term popularity in NZ. I started with a Parker Hale Safari way back, but even then would like to have had the much better Beezer. In good or restorable condition they are well worth purchase as hunters/ collector pieces today.
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    The word Hunter was on the side of the receiver side rail, not on the bolt.
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    @BSA270 what is the all-up weight pls ?
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    I think another post somewhere else would be great rather than hijack this for sale post. Would somebody please buy this, an excellent rifle, everything a hunter wants in a rifle and well before its time.
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