McNaughton rifle anyone?

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McNaughton rifle anyone?

Post by jennageit » 22 Jul 2014, 5:28 pm

Hi Guys,

A mate came over today and showed me the rifle he's been using for the past 14 years.

He has no idea how many rounds he's put through it, but estimates at least 80 per week.

He works for an abbatoir, and does dead stock removal. I remember him being incredibly busy having to shoot fire damaged livestock throughout the black friday fires down here in South gippsland in 2005, and he reckons he was putting up to 60 rounds a day through it for weeks at that stage.

Although I'm not 100% sure what exactly his gun is, he's just told me it's a McNaughton and was hand crafted.

Does anyone know of anyone looking to sell this brand?

I found one on ozgunsales but he's after something different from that one.

Anyway, let me know guys!

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Post by Mick375hh » 22 Jul 2014, 8:52 pm

Sounds like a Fieldman rifle made by Merv Norton in warrandite vic in about the sixties
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Post by jennageit » 23 Jul 2014, 10:05 am

That sounds about right Mick,

I'll keep a lookout for him, and I'd really appreciate it if others could as well, and just let me know if they hear of any.

Thanks guys!

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Post by Shotfox » 23 Jul 2014, 11:32 am

MacNaughton is a Scotish brand, From 1820s' I think
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Post by Atter » 23 Jul 2014, 10:21 pm

Dropping a line to a few dealers might be worth while in case one comes up. Maybe they can give you a call before it hits the shelves if one comes through second hand.

Otherwise usedguns .com .au is another one to check for one passing through.
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Post by salate » 23 Jul 2014, 10:22 pm

You could put a "want to buy" ad in the forum classifieds, Jenna.

Used guns classifieds.

It's free. Good luck.
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Post by jennageit » 24 Jul 2014, 10:29 am

Thanks guys,

I'm going to ring a few dealers today I think.

My mate is pretty keen on getting another one, but he's not really into technology so I offered to search for him.

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Post by salate » 24 Jul 2014, 1:37 pm

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Post by Ironsides » 26 Jul 2014, 8:21 pm

Just thought this may be of interest:

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Post by Atter » 13 Aug 2014, 3:25 pm

What were the chances someone would have that :D

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Post by headwerkn » 17 Aug 2014, 5:45 pm

McNaughton-Fieldmans were pretty much the last Australian made rifles manufactured in any significant numbers (prior to Lithgow Arms starting up this year, of course) eventually closing down in the late 1980s when Merv himself passed away suddenly. As a reference, LSAF ceased civilian sales in the early 70s and Sportco had been wound down by Omark by the early 80s. At its peak Fieldman were making upwards of 10,000-15,000 rifles a year. Merv also produced the well known 'Field' brand of scope mounts often seen on sporterized 303s.

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I recently bought a bolt-action thumbhole model in 22LR, dating from the mid-70s I believe. For the time they were quite innovative... the thumbhole stocks are a work of art and incredibly comfortable to hold and shoulder. Mine features the micro-groove rifling system, rather than the 5 or 6 grooves typical of rimfire barrels, Fieldman used 24... supposedly this bettered accuracy, though eventually they reverted to a more regular rifling system, so I can only assume whatever benefit in accuracy ultimately wasn't worth the extra work/effort involved.

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The barrels on these rifles were actually a rifled steel core sleeved with aluminium, to save weight. Pretty radical stuff for the era, especially compared to the traditional designs typical of LSAF Slazenger and Sportco.

Fieldmans appeared to have been semi-custom ordered, with traditional and thumbhole stocks in varying lengths, 22LR and 22WMR calibres, bolt, semi-auto and lever-action options available at various times.

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They're not particularly common but do come up for sale from time to time... $500 being typical for a clean bolt action thumbhole model. Semi autos are (unsurprisingly) a bit harder to find (no doubt many got destroyed post-96). From what I can gather not many lever actions were made and would most likely be quite tricky to find these days. Beware of rifles without magazines, as the mags themselves can be quite hard to find now and generally very expensive. Fortunately I managed to score a pair of brand new, still-in-the-grease units for decent money ;-)

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Post by disko » 18 Aug 2014, 10:18 am

Funky blue rifling there...
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Post by roob » 18 Aug 2014, 10:19 am

Looks like a black light or something going through it.
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Post by Lyam » 18 Aug 2014, 10:25 am

I'd say you're just looking at the blue sheet behind it in the first picture.

Just a trick of the reflecting, it's only regular steel.
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Post by headwerkn » 18 Aug 2014, 9:00 pm

Was just the shop's bore light placed in the action, not in the chamber, so as to illuminate the rifling just enough so the phone camera could get a shot.

Was a total PITA to take but was the only way I could actually count the rifle grooves accurately.
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Post by disko » 19 Aug 2014, 11:16 am

Crap. I wanted a self glowing blue rifle :lol:
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Post by Mick375hh » 16 Sep 2014, 8:38 pm

There is a Fieldman 22 mag bolt action for sale on ausgunsales
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Post by mahna » 17 Sep 2014, 2:19 pm

disko wrote:Crap. I wanted a self glowing blue rifle :lol:


Maybe you can start a gunsmithing version of "Pimp My Ride".
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