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    BSA CF2 Wanted

    Hey guys. I'm new to the site and new to forums in general. I've been looking a project rifle for a while and have decided on a BSA CF2 in 222 to start. Would anyone have one that they are willing to part with or know where I could pick one up from please? Failing that would anyone have a suggestion of a different rifle to eventually change into .204. I'm after something with a wooden stock (with raised cheek piece) and a good solid action. A tidy rifle would be great, however it is a project so not put off something that has been used either.
    Anyway let me know what you think. Thanks

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    There's a Monarch on TM at the moment.

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    I would try to get an old BSA Hunter .222 action, restock it in fancy walnut and rebarrel it.

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    The CF2 is a long action that doesn't suit the 222 size case. There was a nice looking one on T/M that was withdrawn last night, would say it was sold elsewhere. Have a Sako A1 in .222 that I thinking about selling, but haven't reached a decision.

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    God please don't ruin a Hunter like that! Buy a common as piss rifle and do it, not a old fashioned BSA. The hunter/viscounts are quite easily one of the best of the old world rifles and I cringe at such advice really, I know you mean well but please don't

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    If you could see the rifles that I have built on these actions I think you would change your mind. There are some photos on this forum somewhere
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I will keep an eye out on TM etc and will hopefully find something.

    Tetawa, I could be keen on your A1. If you decide to sell let me know 0274603832

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock river arms hunter View Post
    God please don't ruin a Hunter like that! Buy a common as piss rifle and do it, not a old fashioned BSA. The hunter/viscounts are quite easily one of the best of the old world rifles and I cringe at such advice really, I know you mean well but please don't
    Hmmm - they (Viscounts, Royals, Hunters) are nice rifles (I hunted with a BSA "Hunter" in 7x57 for more than 20 years) but they do have their weaknesses - the main one being the extractor, it doesn't have the very cunning "lock" on the front of the extractor that is a key feature of the Mauser system. The extractor will "pull over" a cartidge and you can guarantee this will happen at the worst possible time. It shares this cost saving feature with the Pre 64 Winchester M70, the Ruger M77 and the Husky M1600, about the only Mauser "clone" that retains it are the Brno's. The BSA extractor will also break if its pushed over a chambered cartridge too often, and they are literally impossible to replace.

    Another little known "feature" is the spacer used between the barrel and action face, leave this out when you're doing a rebarrel and/or get the spacing wrong and you'll wear a faceful of hot gas - it nearly cost a close friend his sight - and the job was done by an experienced gunsmith.

    Don't get me wrong, I really like these but you need to be aware of their issues as its possible to spend a lot on money on one and end up with a lemon!
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    Wow that's really interesting! Do the later cf2's have the same problems? Thanks for the info, Its good to find out as much as I can

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    No - the "Majestics" and CF2's were a different design and the extractor is completely different. Its worth remembering that all design is about compromise, and you do something to make it better, it probably costs more, you simplify, and it costs less but isn't maybe as nice . . . . for example one of the nice things about the "Hunter" models we were discussing is how quietly a round feeds up from the magazine compared with many other rifles . . . its all about what you want and knowing enough to get it.

 

 

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