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    New (to me) .243 for an overhaul

    I chopped my lovely PH 1100 Lightweight .243 in for a BRNO .222 a while back and have regretted it ever since!

    So in the spirit of proving you don't need to spend £2000 to get a good looking, straight shooting, stalking rifle.
    After asking around I found a very nice chap who had a .243 that had been sitting unloved and relatively unused in his cabinet.
    Deal was done for a most agreeable price.

    Picked up and stripped/examined.
    It is a Midland (not sure exact model, but echoes the Parker Hale 1200 with recoil pin through the stock)


    Action - Solid, unworn and tight Mauser action, Sporter rather than notched ex-military, has an additional lug on the bolt which sits in front of the rear bridge of the receiver. I think this is something to do with sourcing Springfield or bolts from the US when they were assembling these. (BH, please confirm!)
    Floorplate release with cast plate with Ram design

    Stock - undented, couple of very minor marks, mainly due to the extremely thick protective coating of Ronseal fence paint or similar that is on it. That will be coming off to see what she looks like nude.

    Barrel - original length with foresight and has dovetail for rear sight which is missing. bit of rust on the muzzle but the bore looks in good condition and as the rub marks on the action would confirm, does not look like it has seen thousands of rounds.

    Trigger - the standard 3 way adjustable Parker Hale trigger with side safety (like the Timney models) in very good nick with all nuts and no knarled bolts or stripped threads as is often the case.














    What is in store-

    Stock - stripped (chemical and physical), grind to fit butt pad fitting, sanding down to 1200 grit polish, QR sling stud fitting (one screw in and one bolt head version in the fore-end), wood colour matched depending on what is under the varnish, oil finish

    Action - stripped, polished, fettled and action screws/scope mount screws chased out
    Need to check but I suspect the floorplate is cast aluminium and won't be blued, i may replace it, haven't decided yet.

    Barrel - shortened by approx 2", 11deg crown, screw cut 1/2UNF with custom "Bewsher Laboratories" thread protector (more on that later!), similarly polished and Hot Caustic reblued as with the action.

    Trigger - stripped, polished greased and fettled to a nice "glass rod" break of suitable weight. by feel not weight, but not too light. This is a stalking rifle afterall not some range queen.

    hope to start the project this weekend

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    Edite:-

    Ahhh the photos showing the third "Springfield" lug is now showing, for some reason it was not there before. So one can ignore the bits about that.

    Hmmm I cannot see the "Springfield" third lug on your bolt. ( can see it now) If it is a Midland then it WILL have one like this:-



    Nothing the large "third" lug just in front of the action rear bridge .



    The engraving is not standard ................. and yes the magazine floor plate is Alloy as is the trigger guard most probably:-



    A previous owner polished it and did the light bits of engraving. This is also a .243 Win chambered rifle. It now needs a new rubber putt pad as some how whilst in police custody a large lump has been torn out of the pad .

    The rifle in the photos is a Midland also known as the Model 2100. What you have looks more like the "Standard" Model 1000. Midlands are so marked on the barrel and ALWAYS have the Springfield type bolt.

    With all this messing about with Parker-Hales you really need to get hold of a couple of their catalogues. Sadly I don't have any spares of a vintage that show the Midland 2100 as it was quite a late introduction in about 80 or 81. It's mention in their #81 catalogue as "the New Midland 2100". However I don't have Nos 78,79 or 80 so cannot check. It's possible that's it's a #77/78 I am looking for as the previous one is the #76/77 but I digress.

    Oh yes the 2100 has an adjustable trigger of the Timney type as far as I am aware. Mine does at least but a sample of one is hardly conclusive and bearing in mind the other bits of customisation a previous owner did perchance he also added that?

    I look forwards to the finished rifle .
    Last edited by Brithunter; 18-01-2013 at 11:19. Reason: Correction.

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    Iam sure greasing the trigger isnt advicable due to the possability of getting a foreign body stuck to the grease which could cause a miss fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    The bolt lug is shown above
    Yep it showed up just after I posted hence the "Edit" did you notice the different profiles of the lugs between the two rifles?

    Te story I heard was that the first 2100's used original new Springfield bolts. After they must have contracted to have them made hence the plainer profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by see it shoot it View Post
    Iam sure greasing the trigger isnt advicable due to the possability of getting a foreign body stuck to the grease which could cause a miss fire
    Yes I agree however thee are some things that can be used safely to help a trigger.

    Someone didn't tell that to the under-keeper whom I got a Std Model 1000 off, via a gubshop, as it was packed with grease and assorted debris. Not only the trigger mech but any hole or recess including the breeching area. It took me a whole day to clean out the grease and debris.

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    actually I have completely rebuilt a few PH triggers now.

    The safety plate and springs/ball bearings benefit gratefully from a light application of grease. removes the notchy feel to ball driven pressure
    as they are self contained and covered by the adjsutment screws no debris can get in there unless you are shooting in sub saharan Africa and it is very fine dust/sand.

    no grease should be on the sears

    not sure how it would cause a misfire, it either releases the sear and cocking piece or it doesnt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brithunter View Post
    Yep it showed up just after I posted hence the "Edit" did you notice the different profiles of the lugs between the two rifles?

    Te story I heard was that the first 2100's used original new Springfield bolts. After they must have contracted to have them made hence the plainer profile.
    got to be quick round here!

    I plan on reprofiling it.
    its a ugly lump!

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    wow, looks like a lot of hard work has got into that, looks great.
    whats sort cost was all that though, is it worth spending the money or is more a labour of love
    atb
    simon

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    Hey Edd,
    the other day I was offerd a Parker hale in .243 for a pint and a carvery. And I would have taken it as it was mint.
    But as my T3 hunter in .243's action is going to be used as the donor action for a semi custom 6.5x55 rifle, while I stay with a infamous Montana gentleman in October.

    The Parker hale would have been ideal to replace the T3. If not for the Long delays one can expect from Hampshire FLD.

    So,

    I passed this chance onto a friend of mine who has just got his FAC with a .243 on it. He is a very happy man.

    But I have to say when I go to replace the .243. I really want to get a classic, like a Parker hale.

    I will look forward to watching your project.

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    Naked!
    took several coats of weapons grade Nitromors to get whatever "varnish" had been applied.
    horrible stuff

    looks OK, some nice graining.
    will see what comes up when it is sanded, stained and oiled

    Metal dressing starts next week




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    fantastic ed,

    wish i was as good with wood as i am with a soldering iron and electronics,

    i would love the stock on my wee 20 done up, its not bad just has a few fence post resting bumps on the underside.

    keep it going ill be watching

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