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    Posted: March 04 2018 at 7:22pm
I have a new project to complete. I went through all my parts and found this stuff. Did some online research and found a receiver so,this will be fun.
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5 round magazine, PH scope mount and RAHS rings, sniper front sling mount....Looks promising it does. A Parker Hale style sporting rifle
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The stock in the padded box is what was the start of my rifle!

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The following photos are not for the faint of heart.
I cut the barrel down to 22" and recrowned it, removed the charging bridge,and the rear sight ears. Drilled and tapped three holes into the side of the receiver for the Parker Hale scope mount. The receiver is a Mk2 so I'm using my Fagen stock since it's already set up for a Mk2. I used Brownells Oxpho-Blue liquid gun blue and added my flush mount five round magazine to top everything off. I'll post the finalized rifle pics tomorrow...
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Nice work!
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Looks great, nice job!
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Looks awesome! Is that cold bluing very durable? I suspect it's come a long way since Birchwood Casey blue paste. I used to get stuff from Brownells in a jug. I made a homemade tray out of roof gutter. I believe you prepped the steel, degreased and put it in the liquid. It was diluted with water. Worked good but can't remember the name.
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I removing material from the receiver such as the charger bridge; do proof the rifle again before using it?
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This is the third rifle I've done this to Zed and I've never had to reproof it. The charging bridge is just that, a bridge to aide in loading the rifle,nothing more. Look at an actual Parker Hale and look at the amount of metal removed and yet they're still proofed at 18.5 tons. I follow the same procedure Parker Hale did. I originally used my dad's Supreme No4 as a guideline. Made all my marks on transfer paper, etched it onto my rifle and made the cuts. The gunsmith I apprenticed under when I was doing my first one had stated that the actual stressed component is the locking lugs on the bolt but due to the low pressure of the round and the gas check,no issues should arise. And then he said this. Think of it like this. You see them British Sniper rifles? They have a scope mount on them but the side of the receiver has five small holes in it and one big one right? Well then,even though there are screws in those holes, they're still holes. The weakest part of the receiver has just became the area between the holes were stress cracks can be created. If your worried about a structural failure of the receiver after cutting the top off of it. Take a micrometer and measure the distance between the area were the bolt entered into. Fire a round and measure again. Do the same thing to the rail the bolt slides on. If there is a noticable size increase. The master component,(receiver)is going to fail. So the long and short of it Zed,no,to answer your question.Parker Hale and Golden State Arms,and Gibbs all did it. If you're smart about it and take the time to do it right the first time you never have to worry about your craftsmanship when sporterizing a rifle...
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One thing I learned from work is never cut 90 degree angles in steel that will see pressure. It needs rounded corners (or a circle) to prevent stress cracking. I suspect this holds true with holes drilled for scopes. Stress cracks on small holes are probably rare.
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well , thats quite a project , hope you start with buckets of parts on these rather than a good military example , 
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I've only ever done that to one rifle. That was decades ago. It turned out quite well but,never again.
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I just thought of something. I butchered a perfectly decent BSA No4 by drilling and tapping into the side of the receiver and mounting a reproduction sniper scope and mount,and then screwing a reproduction sniper cheek piece on to it. That, fortunately for me,turned out quite nicely...
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they are yours , im not really casting any rocks here , it was a really common practice with 5-10 dollar rifles found in barrels at every hardware store in the country back then , my dad bought a couple - wish he had bought more , 

sometimes - not often , i wish i could pick through those barrels for what im missing , 
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