I'm brand new around here. I just introduced myself in the "Intro" folder. Great site!
So on to question number one. I recently picked up a really nice 1961 built Parker Hale Safari Deluxe in 30.06. Its a true blue Birmingham built rifle with all matching numbers and proper BPH markings. It's in real nice shape for its age and I'm refurbishing for my sons birthday. I took the barrel into my local gunsmith for a new crown...and low and behold look at what he discovered!
BTW...The black spots are just fluff from a patch..I enhanced the pic to show the grooves and lands better.
Nobody seems to have seen this pattern of grooves before...at least not here in Canada. Obvious cut grooves. Hammer forged?? But why in the world would it have two different groove widths? Was it a two groove barrel that was reworked to a four groove? Does anyone have any info on this? There has to be a explanation...
It shoots just fine! go figure.
Anyone else have one of these? Do i have a collector (one of) in my hands?
P.S. I will gladly post pics of it when she is all done