Well this morning I finally got my grubby little mitts on the Parker-Hale 1200TX single shot target rifle after a wait of some three months due the licensing issues. I am now cleaning the years accumulated grime off the stock before assessing how much restoration the stocks finish requires. It has a few small knocks and compression marks so a complete refinish is not really required although it will need a new P-H butt pad as the on on it had gone rock hard.
Finding a correct one may prove tricky as they are different to the sporting rifle pads .
If the weather holds fine for a short time I will try to get some photos taken in the morning.. Now interestingly this rifle has scope blocks fitted with the front block way out on the barrel for a Parker-Hale target Spot, Lyman, Unertl or Fekker long target scope. So at some point in time I will have to try and acquire one for it. It has the correct 1/4 Min click adjustable P-H 5E aperture rear sight and of course the corresponding tunnel fore sight.. I didn't realise that the bolt handle has been slimmed down to almost half it's thickness and it flat on the outside to allow it to clear the windage adjustment of the target sight with the flat of the ball etched with a P-H logo.
Now what is more interesting to you Muir is that I now have the Model 46 Husqvarna in 9.3x57 on my licence for shooting so we can start once again with cast bullets, paper-patched bullets etc with it. I will have a look and see if I cannot modify an old pistol die to make a sizing die to swage some 0.375" GC cast bullets down to 0.370" to try in the 9.3mm. Groove diameter is 0.370"-0.371" so I need to try one and see if it will chamber before we go any further down that route. Not sure whether to drill and tap for the Lyman 57 sporting aperture sight I have on hand. Will give that some more thought as we go along. Oh if the swage idea is a no go I will turn a dummy bullet out of brass to see if it will chamber.