Having had a spare slot for a .243 on my cert for a few years, and with the "use it or lose it" thought in mind, I started looking around for something suitable and not too much money. Having taken inspiration and encouragement from some of you regular posters I decided on a Parker Hale. I soon found a 1200 super clip and arranged a viewing. The rifle looked in reasonable condition despite having never been cleaned, (the seller did not know how to operate the bolt release) and the varnished stock looking like an old school desk, I paid me money.
First thing was a good scrub with Patch-out and a check with a bore scope which revealed good clean rifleing throughout. A few rounds of whatever .243 I had to hand, showed everything was in order with groupings of just over an inch.
Back in the work shop and a complete strip down prior to inspection and cleaning. The stock had more than a few coatings of nitromors and was finished off with a good scrubbing with a strong solution of sugar soap. All this was revealing a rifle that had very little use. The peaks on the checkering were still crisp and there was very little ware to either the bolt knob or trigger blade. A week spent sanding / oiling and lifting a few dents mainly on the fore-end and the stock was done. Bolt stripped and cleaned, trigger unit flushed out and adjusted to a crisp 3lb, and the rile was reassembled. Hope you like the results! I rekon on now having a good lowland / woodland stalking rifle, thats light, shoulders well and is a joy to handle. I have a spare swarvo nova 6x42 which I,ll sit on top. Oh! and the puchase price, with a Hawke scope (binned) and Ph rings and bases £180.00!