BSA CF2 222 on the way

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BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 13 Feb 2018, 9:38 pm

Hope full to pick up a nice old BSA CF2 222 REM on the weekend to be my new rabbit/fox gun and everything inbetween anyone on here have any of the old BSA hunting rifles. Still having thoughts to rechamber to 204 but the other part of me doesnt want to molest a nice old rifle. Also has a pecar scope on it too.
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by bigfellascott » 15 Feb 2018, 6:22 am

Nice little shooters as a rule, look forward to seeing it and hearing how it shoots.
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 15 Feb 2018, 10:14 pm

Great calibre my Granddad use to rave about the 222 somewhat bit of a tribute to him and my English ties being a BSA and will mostly be ueeed for foxes and rabbits (much like Grandad) Miss the old boy he would have been 100 by the end of this year :cry:
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by Norton » 16 Feb 2018, 7:50 am

AZZA'S HJ47 wrote:Still having thoughts to rechamber to 204 but the other part of me doesnt want to molest a nice old rifle.


You're still going to put the vertical grip and laser sight on though, right? Just the essentials :lol:
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by Daddybang » 16 Feb 2018, 8:00 am

bentaz wrote:My neighbour has one in 22-250, good solid gun and the .222 is a majorly underrated round these days..


Yep I love shooting the .222 that I brought my wife. Theres been more than one pig taken with this round over the years!! :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by COLLECTOR 1 » 21 Feb 2018, 12:13 am

Hi....now I'm showing my age....lol

A long long time ago this was my first centre fire....so what can I tell you ...

Accurate, built like a brick out house, one long action suited all, from 222 rem up to 30 06. From memory they were never chambered in "magnum" calibres. Stocks were good, better bedded, the old way. Magazine springs and followers in the smaller calibres were sometimes a problem, actually more fiddley cause of the length of the action and big magazine well.

Barrels ...good
Action...strong.
Extractor/ejector from memory is a plunger type, never played up but don't bust one...can't get em' these days for love or money, and the "smiths " that could make/modify from the old days are long gone....that's why mine is a single shot sentimental now.

Stocks were always of the Monte Carlo type with a two pack finish, tough as is an understatement.

Best mount because of the action length was the one piece hillver mount...definitely recommend that.

They were never worth big money, but by rule they shot well

I've had mine now for over 45 years, it eats anything and god only knows how many rounds have been through it before the ejector gave up the ghost, but we are talking well into 5k worth if not more.... still shots an inch at 100.

By the way they weigh a ton,,,,lol

Indestructible is the best way to put it

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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by Tripod » 21 Feb 2018, 6:30 am

Back when they were new there were two main choices, BSA or ParkerHale, Some made the right choice the others bought BSA's :lol: :lol: :lol:
The 222 is a great choice and is one of those calibres that will never disappear.unlike a lot of the recent "Latest and Greatest" cartridges. :thumbsup:
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 21 Feb 2018, 7:51 am

COLLECTOR 1 wrote:Hi....now I'm showing my age....lol

A long long time ago this was my first centre fire....so what can I tell you ...

Accurate, built like a brick out house, one long action suited all, from 222 rem up to 30 06. From memory they were never chambered in "magnum" calibres. Stocks were good, better bedded, the old way. Magazine springs and followers in the smaller calibres were sometimes a problem, actually more fiddley cause of the length of the action and big magazine well.

Barrels ...good
Action...strong.
Extractor/ejector from memory is a plunger type, never played up but don't bust one...can't get em' these days for love or money, and the "smiths " that could make/modify from the old days are long gone....that's why mine is a single shot sentimental now.

Stocks were always of the Monte Carlo type with a two pack finish, tough as is an understatement.

Best mount because of the action length was the one piece hillver mount...definitely recommend that.

They were never worth big money, but by rule they shot well

I've had mine now for over 45 years, it eats anything and god only knows how many rounds have been through it before the ejector gave up the ghost, but we are talking well into 5k worth if not more.... still shots an inch at 100.

By the way they weigh a ton,,,,lol

Indestructible is the best way to put it

Hope that helps

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I dont think they weigh too much then again i do walk around with a sako 85 varmint as a hunting rifle. So in comparison not too bad.

But cant wait to see what she'll do
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by Stix » 21 Feb 2018, 8:16 am

Hi Azza,
Ive never owned one so cant comment on the rifle, but i can say this...

I shoot a lot with a .204 in the field lately, used for a bunny fox outfit, & i love it...no hold over on a bunnies head at 200+m & it leaves a flap of skin...but its just a novelty fad im going through & ill get over it...my .222 obviously doesnt shoot that flat.

But id be very hesitant to suggest you get that old girl re-chambered in .204.

I love my .222 as a bunny/fox gun, & my suggestion would be give that old girl a good crack to see if it shoots.

If you need to re-barrel it, id suggest sticking with .222 for barrel life...

Let us know how it shoots...
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 11 Mar 2018, 12:00 am

Ok so go the rifle down to the range last weekend got it all on paper shoots ok the old Pecar scope was stuck on 3 power so not too much help. Inch and a bit groups. I have placed a vortex 4x12 on it to have a play around with this weekend to see what it is capable of.

Cleaning of the rifle however unearthed some rather dissapointing results dont think the barrel had seen a patch since the late 90's and unfortunately exposed pitting in the barrel(close to the throat) nothing too bad but unwanted to say the least. See what she does this weekend and see if i can close the groups up. If they dont improve and the and it shoots worse with the minus 20 years worth of gunk out of the barrel she'll get a new barrel and for the record ill stick with the 222 absolute pleasure to shoot. Fingers crossed but if it needs a new barrel thats what she'll get.
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by sungazer » 11 Mar 2018, 8:10 am

Think of it as an opportunity to improve the accuracy of the rifle further.
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by Oldbloke » 11 Mar 2018, 10:00 am

What sort of cost it that likely to be?
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Post by sungazer » 11 Mar 2018, 10:08 am

There is not much difference in the price of the Top quality barrels they all are around the $700 mark and another $300 to fit. There are also a lot of what I would call second tier barrels that also cost this much. Then you drop down to factory barrels that are $300-$400.
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 11 Mar 2018, 2:20 pm

So at the range today the groups were ok @ 100 however every now and then id get a oddball flyer and not in the way of being a inch but maybe two inches down or to a side. Pushed it out to 200 and things really started to open up. Im tossing up with the idea of a rebarrel. Will be used mostly as a hunting rifle most of these shots being within 100m however i like to have a ability if needed to shoot out past 200 if desired. Joy joy lol
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Post by Oldbloke » 11 Mar 2018, 2:21 pm

Sooo, about $700 to have a replacement barrel fitted. I would just buy another rifle. If you shop around you can sometimes pick up a new 223 for under $750. That's if you're not fussy about Brand.
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Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 11 Mar 2018, 2:30 pm

Oldbloke wrote:Sooo, about $700 to have a replacement barrel fitted. I would just buy another rifle. If you shop around you can sometimes pick up a new 223 for under $750. That's if you're not fussy about Brand.



To tell you the truth id probably just put another barrel on the old girl nice timber smooth action i have a few cheap rifles and whislt they do the job they are a little rough round the edges. This ones safe with me i think she'll live.
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Re: BSA CF2 222 on the way

Post by Oldbloke » 11 Mar 2018, 2:32 pm

How about a picture
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Post by sungazer » 11 Mar 2018, 3:28 pm

You may be able just to set it back a bit. First I would get it bore scoped, then I would probably redo the crown that is easy. then if still problems run rechamber just move it up a half or an inch. You may find someone that is happy to do that for you for not much rather than a full time gunsmith. There are a lot of old do it yourselfers that have 50 years experience doing it for their own rifles and friends.
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