The $50 rifle

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The $50 rifle

Post by Am88 » 14 Mar 2020, 2:20 pm

Went to one of the gun shops as I needed a bag of dog food,as I walked past I seen this old banger of a rifle, I only picked it out as I seen the CMC logo. I politely asked the gentleman.... "Whats that old thing mate" he explained it was a like for like .223 barrel stuffed doesnt have time to fix etc. so I sais "how much?".... "$50"...... "I'll take it" :lol:.

So I will see what happens with it, first thing it needs a good clean, second thing, Im going to mount a spare scope and see just how bad he reckons the barrel is on it. most likely however if it shoots ok ish, I'll throw a little red dot on it, bed the action, load some game kings and have it in the ute. Will also make a great spare for someone to borrow. if the barrel is completely toast, well that's easy, maybe another .222 magnum but a sporter, or maybe a little .221 fireball, who knows, either way I think I will leave the stock, it's got plenty of patina. ;) Tells a story.
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Re: The $50 rifle

Post by flutch » 14 Mar 2020, 2:54 pm

The old mans 270 from 1974 is a good old CMC mountaineer, still has original barrel and still shoots like a dream, he can knock chain links off the post from 220m still no dramas. Countless rounds down the tube, so could be optimistic about that barrel, might just need a bit of a recrown
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Post by Oldbloke » 14 Mar 2020, 5:16 pm

If it shoots ok i would re-finish the stock. Checkering looks fuked, so just sand it out.
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Post by wrenchman » 15 Mar 2020, 11:56 am

for the price cant hurt to play with
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Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 15 Mar 2020, 6:13 pm

Id love to find a gun shop that sells these kind of things they always seem to have at least a $500 tag on them. I really enjoyed my last project rifle wouldn't mind another.
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Post by bigrich » 15 Mar 2020, 6:31 pm

AZZA'S HJ47 wrote:Id love to find a gun shop that sells these kind of things they always seem to have at least a $500 tag on them. I really enjoyed my last project rifle wouldn't mind another.


project rifles ,where does it end azza ...... :crazy:

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Post by Stix » 15 Mar 2020, 8:31 pm

Love it AM88...!!... :thumbsup:

I hope it shoots ok for you mate...
Or if its just ok, maybe use it as a plinker...load it up with trsilboss & the cheapest bullets you can & use as a youngsters beginner gun..

If you need to re-barrel...what about a 17 or 20 cal...(?)...

And im with azza...its a shame dealers feel the need to load up the profit on these clapped out old rifles...
Its a good thing that dealer sold it as is to give someone a chance at a good project.

Good luck with it.
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Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 15 Mar 2020, 8:54 pm

Alot of the dealers that I've looked at wont let you patch a rifle. My 222 when i picked it up had a heap of carbon and fouling asked to patch out and was told that's a no go. When i patched it out i found pitting and the first two inches of the barrel washed out. I haven't found any dealers, brisbane wide atleast that have labeled a rifle as great but the barrels clearly stuffed. And with at least a $600 price tag.
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Post by flutch » 15 Mar 2020, 9:33 pm

Yeah unless the bore is squeaky clean don't buy unless you anticipate fixing the usual issues like worn components and barrels that haven't been serviced correctly or in some cases, at all.
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Post by SCJ429 » 16 Mar 2020, 6:42 am

Stix wrote:Love it AM88...!!... :thumbsup:

I hope it shoots ok for you mate...
Or if its just ok, maybe use it as a plinker...load it up with trsilboss & the cheapest bullets you can & use as a youngsters beginner gun..

If you need to re-barrel...what about a 17 or 20 cal...(?)...


Good luck with it.


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Re: The $50 rifle

Post by Am88 » 16 Mar 2020, 8:51 am

Well it's already paid the $50 worth back, when I bought the other CMC, the firing pin is very loose in the hole of the body of the bolt, it was cratering primers, but the bolt that came with this rifle is shmicko, so scored a bolt straight up, gave it a clean and it looks like the last 2 inches of the barrel is a little pitted, will give it a shot this coming weekend and see how it performs, but hey so far, for $50 i cannot complain.

Exactly right stix, Ill use it for a plinker for the time if the barrel is stuffed, things are going to get a bit tight with this stupid virus I think, people in Townsville are panic buying as everywhere and people from my work are being self isolated at the moment after returning to the country. Suppliers for steel and parts are also feeling it too.
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Re: The $50 rifle

Post by Am88 » 17 Mar 2020, 7:51 am

$50 rifle got a bed job to suite it :lol: it was quick and simple, I might as well give it a gooda chance to shoot as I can. Got a box of some factory Federal ammo so will give it a crack this weekend.
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Re: The $50 rifle

Post by marksman » 17 Mar 2020, 11:45 am

they are a very good rifle to do a rebuild on
you would not be disappointed in it
you are the right person to get it :thumbsup:
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Re: The $50 rifle

Post by flutch » 17 Mar 2020, 12:49 pm

Mate if I could have a whole cabinet full of CMC rifles I would but they are never for sale when im ready to buy, wouldn't mind one I can convert to 17rem
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Re: The $50 rifle

Post by TassieTiger » 17 Mar 2020, 2:47 pm

It might be said that we don’t choose our rifles....our rifles choose us. :-)
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Post by Noisydad » 18 Mar 2020, 9:54 am

TassieTiger wrote:It might be said that we don’t choose our rifles....our rifles choose us. :-)

Lol I wonder what that says about black powder shooters and those that like to shoot proper antiques.
There's still a few of Wile. E Coyote's ideas that I haven't tried yet.
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