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Papoose barrel in .17mach2???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tango2echo, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. tango2echo

    tango2echo Well-Known Member

    I own a number of Marlin M70P Papoose rifles with the take-down barrel and short stock in .22LR. Lately I have been wanting a .17mach2 barrel that would fit the papoose. Is this possible, safe, and practical? Would the .17mach2 cycle in the papoose mags and action? Anyone know a smithy that would make one?

    Anyone interested in building a 10/22 mag knock-off of the papoose, possibly in .17HMR and/or .22mag? The quickly removable barrel is a must. A hollow stock to hold extra ammo would be a plus.

  2. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    there are dudes over on rimfirecentral that can reline that bbl to mach 2.
    but you need to ask over there, because there is no way a standard mod 60 action can take the recoil impulse of the mach 2. when marlin did the 717 in mach2 , the action looked very similar to the regular mod 60, except every part was solid steel, and about 2wice as thick.
  3. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    you may look at a majestic arms, for a takedown, very packable, semi, in 17mach2.
  4. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    It'd take a good deal more than just a replacement barrel to properly convert your Marlin, if indeed it's feasible at all.

    As the only standard for comparison that I know of presently is the kits made for the ubiquitous 10/22, I'll use it as an example.

    For the 10/22, doing so requires an entirely new bolt assembly with significantly more mass, a different recoil spring/guide rod assembly and modified magazines plus the proper barrel.

    My personal opinion is that you could possibly find a professional gunsmithing firm willing to work with you on such a project, provided that the basic action itself has enough built-in margin to make it doable and you're willing to pay what it will cost to make it happen.

    Just a suggestion, but I'd recommend that you contact at least a couple of highly skilled rimfire specialists and discuss what you have in mind with them. I also think that it might be a good idea to be sitting down when they give you the estimate.
  5. tango2echo

    tango2echo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input guys. Sounds like solid advice


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