Some may recall the recent acquisition of the cheap BSA majestic with the slim stock and the messed with barrel channel. Well the other evening whilst looking at it I got to thinking about trying the rifle in the empty Monarch stock would it fit and how well. So it was tried and although the inletting would need to be deepened for a permanent fitting the action fitted surprisingly well.
The barrel was not free floated but neither did it have enough pressure at the fore stock bedding point to make it work so the card shim was employed again for now and everything seems nice and true and tight.
The final piece in the experiment was changing the P-H alloy RAHS 4 rings to a pair of 26mm steel Hilvers under the Tasco label to fit the BSA dovetails acquired off e-bay. The bug was that the Hilver/Tasco rings did not have the recoil stop fitted so I had to fabricate one and drill the rear ring. The one made is similar is design to the ones in the P-H alloy rings and retained the same way by the tightening stud so can be removed if needed.
The collimeter was used and a reading taken and the scope set up to this in the new rings it was then out back to see how close I had got it.
1" low left at 55 paces was the answer.
The scope was then lifted off that rifle and placed on the newly acquired Majestic now sitting in the Monarch stock and that too was shot to see :-
1) how close the sight setting would be ( dead on windage but shot 6" high)
2) if the new hand load would work in both rifles (yes it does )
3) if the unmolested bedding in the Monarch stock would improve the precision of the rifle ( yes it did group size shrank by more than half so the barrel seems to be fine and does not need replacing )
The result is that I am seriously thinking of having the Majestic fitted into the Monarch stock and bedded correctly and as the Monarch is having a 7mm CF2 barrel which has a heavier chamber area and so requires wood removal and some previous ham fisted owner messed the barrel channel up it seems like a reasonable fix.
However until I can take the stock and action over and screw the barrel on hand tight and see how much wood needs to be removed the final decision will have to wait until this can be done and a set of 30mm Hilver steel rings will have to be acquired to fit the BSA dovetails......................................... ...... OR if I can acquire a nice 4x or 6x scope with good optics with 1" tube then a set of Hilver CZ rings will be modified to fit.. Now nice Pecar Champion, Lisenfeld of even Hakko would do. Just have to find one at the right price = Cheap.