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Custom rifle makers - Can this be made?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by whatever, Feb 5, 2013.

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  1. whatever

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    I am in love with the .30 carbine round. I love the low recoil, love the sound, LOVE the history...and I want a bolt action. I know the limitations of the cartridge and all that jazz, but I still love the round. Are there reputable custom rifle makers that can make me a rifle built around a cartidge? I would love a 16 inch, bull barrel, mauser-esque action with a nice wood stock, nice open sights AND options for optics.

    Assuming I'm willing to pay a few thousand for this thing be possible? Who would i contact?
     
  2. RPRNY

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    Anything can be made provided you throw enough money at it.

    The challenge with the .30 carbine is a small and unique rim diameter of .360" / 9.14mm which makes building an action potentially prohibitive. I would start by looking at the Zastava mini-Mauser in .22 Hornet. 22 Hornet has a slightly smaller rim diameter at .350" and given the somewhat anemic .30 carbine (no offense intended) it may be possible to work the Hornet bolt face to accept the .30 carbine. Case diameters aren't too far off at .331 for the 30 and .298 for the Hornet. Hornet is longer. It could work.

    There are other 22 Hornet actions to look at, the Zasatva is over-built and may take modification easier.

    The Marlin Model 62 lever gun was chambered in .30 carbine. Lever action, magazine fed. Not a bolt gun but the "Levermatic" action was super smooth and super short stroke. I think this would be way more fun than a bolt gun.
     
  3. AR15barrels

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    This, or a cooper action would be my recommendations.

    You could possibly build on a 700 action as well as Ptg offers a 5.7x28 bolt face at 0.318" on their custom 700 bolts.
    That bolt would have to be opened up a bit, then figure out an extractor, probably a sako or AR15 style would work best.

    If the OP lives in Los Angeles, I like these kinds of challenges...
     
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    Would it be possible to get one of the single shot handi rifles modified to shoot 30 carbine instead of goibg the full-blown custon rifle route? If so, whichcaliber should i buy as a starter?
     
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    Ruger offers a .22 hornet version of their 77/22, here is the link.

    Perhaps this rifle could be adapted.
     
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    It should be doable. It doesn't really matter what you get to start with. Get something on an SB2 receiver.

    Look up "stubbing"- people use the stubs of shotgun barrels to adapt barrel blanks of nearly any caliber to the Handi-Rifle receiver and ream the chamber for whatever cartridge they want.
     
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    Or you could buy a hornet barrel for a handi and have it rebored.
     
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    No idea how to make one of those without a ton of machining work, but I do have an idea for you. Long time ago Savage made a 30-30 bolt action, if you like .30 cal and sissy kicker recoil that would fill the bill quite nicely. Get one of those and restore it, save yourself about $1,500.
     
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    I could stub a 30 caliber barrel into a handy rifle lug and chamber it in 30 carbine for you.
    Then the only concern will be getting an extractor modified to fit.
    If there is a 22 hornet handi rifle, one of those extractors would work to modify...
     
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