Harrington & Richardson model 700 .22 mag


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Wachtelhund
November 10, 2011, 08:16 PM
Anyone have any experience with a Harrington & Richardson Model 700 .22 mag, semi-auto? I just picked one up. It has a 10 round magazine. I plan to use it for coyote hunting, at night. I currently have a H&K 300 .22 mag that I have been using. It was mint when I purchased it and is now starting to show some handling marks. So I want to store it and use the H&R instead.

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VA27
November 10, 2011, 11:27 PM
I've never had one, but I saw one in a pawn shop while out of town. I asked a friend who has been a gun dealer for 40 years about them and he said that they were pretty good. Of course when I went back to get it, it was gone. Be sure to tell us your opinion.

El Mariachi
November 10, 2011, 11:46 PM
Wow, I just started looking for something like this..... a semi 22WMR. Got any pics?....

Wachtelhund
November 11, 2011, 04:24 AM
Hi here is a picture it:

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/wachtelhund1/HR700.jpg

It appears to have been shot very little. Nynlon buffer slows little sign of firing. Action feels like it isn't even broken in. I took it apart today to clean it, screws look like they have never seen a screw driver. Nice walnut stock, a little too beefy. Barrel 22" long could be a couple inches shorter, may be in the future. Trigger pull was long and heavy, about six pounds. I quickly polished several trigger parts with a dremel tool and polishing compund, and passed the sear over a extra fine diamound steel several times. Which made an immediate improvement. I'll work on the trigger some more next week. Action is the blow back with rails and recoil spring. The rails look some what similar to a Winchester model 100. Rails are held in place with two 5/8" nuts. Trigger pins a 1/8" in diameter. Overall, seems to be a very well made rifle.

Wachtelhund
November 12, 2011, 12:10 PM
This gun has a trigger adjustment screw. The owners manual says nothing about the screw, but it adjusts the trigger travel before firing and the engagement of the disconnector. Tightening the screw will take it down to zero travel before firing, but must be backed off about 3/4 turn to allow the disconnector to engage.

Wachtelhund
March 14, 2012, 06:30 AM
Here is an up date on my H&R 700 .22 mag. Never got much accuracy out of it, 2.5" @ 100. While trying different ammo and shooting for groups, I had a core and jacket separation. The jacket stayed in the barrel and not knowing this, I fired another round. This caused a bugle in the barrel right at 16".

I called the ammo manufacture and explained what happened. They were very nice and told me to have it rebarreled and send them all the receipts. I started looking for a .22 mag barrel and didn't want to wait for a custom barrel. I ended up buying a 22" blued / fluted 77/.22 mag Green Mountain barrel for $160.00. I had my gunsmith cut off the ruger mounting stub and trum and thread the barrel to my H&R 700 action. It was a job getting the old barrel off the receiver. H&R used 22TPI on this gun.

The ammo manufacture asked for all the receipts, the old barrel and remaining rounds from the box. I sent these to the ammo manufacture and two week later I had a check for the complete cost of rebarreling the gun.

This gun was in mint condition when I purchased, but with the new barrel on it was no longer orginal. So I thought what the heck lets go all the way. I didn't like the contour of the orginal stock, so I took a rasp and belt sander to it, completely reshaping it. Then checkered the stock and put a nice oil finish, 5 coats of Casey's stock oil. My first attempt at checkering.

I've polished all the trigger parts and have it a 4 pounds with zero creep. The barrel is still not broken in but is shooting 1" groups with Federal Gameshock 50 gr.

Here is how it looks today.

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p131/wachtelhund1/HR700-1.jpg

mgregg85
March 14, 2012, 06:53 AM
Nice job, is the eye relief on that scope very small? Seems like its mounted really far back.

Wachtelhund
March 14, 2012, 07:31 AM
It is an old vintage redfield scope, same period as the rifle. But I tend to mount my scopes back a little more. I live in Northern WI and hunt coyotes in the winter. With layers of clothing I need the scopes set back.

257whby
March 16, 2012, 07:34 PM
Hi

could you please post a few shots of the magazine ???
I spotted some the other day and wanted to check if they were the same...

Btw I heard H & K mags are interchangeable.....?

PS Nice stock job...the original is very chunky !

Gordon
March 17, 2012, 12:59 AM
You did an admirable job on the H&R kudos the way you handled everything. Sounds like it now shoots much better to boot. I'll bet your H&K shoots good too though !

RPRNY
March 17, 2012, 01:29 AM
Congrats on your beautiful stock work. It transformed that rifle. Big respect for taking on the checkering yourself.

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