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Converting a 32-20 to a 218Bee?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by andym79, Aug 17, 2014.

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  1. andym79

    andym79 Member

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    Hi guys, I have a hankering for a 218Bee, they are however expensive and even then might have worn barrels, especially as they were more commonly shooting jackets than larger bore model 92 (or 92 based rifles) like 44-40.

    I thought it might be wise to get a 32-20 with a worn out barrel and a good action and have it re barrelled for 218BEE.

    A lever set up for 32-20 would need anything other than a re-barrel?

    How much would this cost roughly including the price of a new barrel?

    Also, I think I would be better of going for a 1:14" twist instead of the 1:16", it lets me stabilise bullets at a slower speed. I would like to shot cast and a 1:16 twist means a minimum speed of 1900fps for a 55 grainer whereas with a 1:14" I could go from 1000fps to the limit of the bullet or the projectile. Likewise for a 44 grainer the 1:16" needs 1600fps whereas the 1:14" needs a mere 700fps (too slow).
     
  2. Ohen Cepel

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    Have you looked about re-lining the barrel down to a .218Bee? May be cheaper and not change the looks/handling of the rifle. That would be my way to go if it were an option. If you do opt to line something I would research it more, since you don't seem to have the rifle yet you may want to see which are easier/cheaper to do the lining to.

    These guys have the liners in .218 and the twist you want; http://www.trackofthewolf.com/pdfs/catalog/page_208.pdf

    $5 per inch from them. Sorry, not sure about the gunsmith cost to get it put in and the breech figured out.
     
  3. BBBBill

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    I second the recommendation. I would consider and investigate relining first before replacing the barrel.
     
  4. natman

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    The 218 Bee and 32-20 are formed from the same case, so no breech or feeding modifications should be needed.

    Redman makes liners for 25-20 and 32-20, so pressure should be OK, but I don't think they make a liner for 218 Bee.
     
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    Note that the OP is Down Under.
    It might be simpler for him to have a New Daisy (Importer F. Lasseter's mark on Winchester 1892 rifles.) rebarrelled.
    It's a slow boat to Washington for him.

    It won't be cheap.
     
  7. natman

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    Good catch. Perhaps that's why Redman doesn't make a liner for them.
     
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