Just picked up the BSA Majestic featherweight deluxe and found that a previous own had fallen for the "Free floated barrel" mantra so often spouted and pushed in the shooting media and press. As a result I am going to have my work cut out more than likely getting the rifle to shoot acceptably .
Will take pictures of their bodge up in the light tomorrow. I particularly like the two card shims put into the bottom of the recoil lug inlet. The rear tang screw was done up by King Kong himself yet the front action screw was only a bit over "nipped" in tightness .
At the moment the barrel is soaking in P-H 009. I will give a scrub again with a bronze brush followed by another soaking then after wiping it all out I'll apply Forest Bore foam to remove the copper build up which I expect is there.
Well after two soakings and scrubbing through the patches came out black and from the feel and sound of the bronze brush I am expecting to find some sort of roughness or pitting under what fouling is there. Just looking through it at the light it looked quite clean just goes to show.
Now I was operating on memory when I brought this over the phone as I had looked at it but that was about 8 years ago than again about 5 years ago. I have budgeted for a replacement barrel from Knibbs should it be required but let's get it clean then put back together and try it out and see how it shoots before moving on to the next phase. Removing those shims and see how it sits in the original bedding and what's left of the barrel channel will be the first move .
Overall it's a fair condition for a rifle made in about 1959. Knibbs book says 1950-63 but the private view mark does not agree I think i'll drop him a line and see if he will look up when it was shipped.