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Who "made" this barrel? - pics

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Trueno, Dec 7, 2012.

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  1. Trueno

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    saigabarrel308.jpg
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    Installed in a Saiga .308 rifle:
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    I picked this barrel assy up on Gunbroker back in '07, I think the seller was in Connecticut. Has a British proof mark so it appears to have been in England once upon a time.

    It's 26" long,
    OD is 7/8",
    chambered in .308,
    gas block is steel (fluted to match the barrel),
    handguard is slightly modified 308 Saiga,
    rear sight base and gas tube are stock 308 Saiga.

    There are 2 small holes on the underside at the muzzle, probably for some type of front sight, muzzle is about 7/8" OD. From what I can see, excellent craftsmanship overall, any ideas as to who might have done the work?

    t


    PS: a shoutout from Texas to Georgia...many (MANY!) thanks to Saiga board member superhawk138 for his help over the years in trying to help solve this mystery.
     
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  2. 56hawk

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    Pretty sure it's from a Valmet Petra.
     
  3. Trueno

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    OD of the barrel is around 7/8" at the muzzle, didn't know any Valmets were that large(?)


    eta - edited OP to reflect that dimension.

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  4. 56hawk

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    I think you are right. I was just looking at the hand guard which really looks like a Valmet.
     
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    Your uncle Bob?
     
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    Did a little digging.

    BNP is a proof mark from the British Proof House in Birmingham.

    Beyond that, don't know.
     
  8. Girodin

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    I guess if you ignore the length, the gas block, the lack of a brake, the proof marks, etc then it kind of does in the sense they are both heavier profile barrels with flutes.
     
  9. Trueno

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    No, he weaves.
     
  10. Trueno

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    still curious.

    :)
     
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