22 Horton Skidoo?


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sentinel89
September 29, 2009, 10:14 PM
Good evening all,

I'm trying to find out some info on a caliber 22 Horton Skidoo. A friend of mine has a bolt rifle his grandfather left him and the only markings on it are on the stainless barrel, which reads '22 Horton Skidoo'. He has a set of dies, but no brass, bullets or load data. Can anybody point me in the right direction?

Was this ever a popular caliber? He asked me what it was worth and I couldn't even hazard a guess. It does have a Lyman Targetspot scope mounted on it and he does have the original box for the scope.

His best guess was that his grandfather possibly had this since the 1930s. But that was only a guess.

Thanks for your time and have a great night.

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Kernel
September 30, 2009, 01:26 AM
If it has a stainless barrel I doubt is was from the '30s. '70s or later is more like it.

Get some Cerrosafe from Brownells and make a chamber cast.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=384/Product/CERROSAFE_reg__CHAMBER_CASTING_ALLOY

sentinel89
September 30, 2009, 10:55 PM
The barrel was definitely replaced at some time with the new caliber. My apologies for the confusion. I did not mean to make it sound like the barrel had been on it since the 30s. Was just wondering if anybody had any knowledge on this particlar caliber.

Sam1911
October 1, 2009, 08:36 AM
Sounds like a .22 cal wildcat developed by someone named "Horton" who was old enough to remember big-band era slang.

"23 skidoo" (sometimes 23 skiddoo) is an American slang phrase popularized in the early twentieth century, first appearing before World War I and becoming popular in the Roaring Twenties. It generally refers to leaving quickly, being forced to leave quickly by someone else or taking advantage of a propitious opportunity to leave, that is, "getting [out] while the getting's good." The exact origin of the phrase is uncertain.

23 skidoo has been described as "perhaps the first truly national fad expression and one of the most popular fad expressions to appear in the U.S," to the extent that "Pennants and arm-bands at shore resorts, parks, and county fairs bore either [23] or the word 'Skiddoo.'"[1]

You'll need to cast the chamber and figure out how to make brass from something commonly available.

Good luck!

-Sam

Steve Marshall
October 1, 2009, 10:12 AM
Sorry. reread post. What I had to say was inconsequential

Kernel
October 1, 2009, 10:10 PM
someone named "Horton" who was old enough to remember big-band era slang
Or really liked snowmobiles.

Runningman
October 1, 2009, 10:44 PM
Never herd of it. Wonder if there is a connection with the great white North in Canada with this wildcat. Tim Horton is very famous in Canada. Skidoo snowmobiles are also very popular in Canada.

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