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Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series #14505791 01/25/20
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I think I'll send off my Valmet 12/22HP barrel set to JES to see whether he can do a re-bore to 35-30. Re-regulating the rifle barrel can be done with a flat screwdriver, and since the 22 HP is based on the 30-30 case, no modification of the extractor is necessary. RCBS has dies, and I think this will make the Valmet a great thick woods deer killer with the 35cal in one barrel and a 12ga slug in the other.


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14506375 01/26/20
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If there is enough metal in the barrel that would be a nice conversion. You have the option of shooting cast, plated or jacketed .357 bullets for small game, varmints and plinking. I used to do that with my 358 Norma Mag, what a fun squirrel hunting rifle with 14gr double ended wadcutters and a little dose of shotgun powder. Load data was in the Lyman "Cast Bullet Handbook"


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14506668 01/26/20
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Would a .357 Max reamer clean up the .22 HP chamber (don't have any references handy)? If so, that leaves you a bunch of options w/handloads AND factory stuff. I've found the .357 Mag a reliable killer of pigs and deer at "woods" distances and assume that a Max would be "more of the same."

erich, where did you get them 14 gr. wadcutters? Not a lot of sectional density....*



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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14506796 01/26/20
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BF, left off the 8, should have been 148gr


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: erich] #14507056 01/26/20
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The OD of the barrel is .540. Since drillings and conventional BBFs have extremely thin barrels, I can't see why this won't work. The barrel is supported at the center and muzzle, so it shouldn't whip.


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14518476 01/29/20
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Bruce, couldn't you find another barrel set for that Valmet? Think it would be easier than the rebore effort, but I have always been partial to the 22HP round.


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: cotis] #14519636 01/29/20
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I don't have any warm fuzzies regarding the HP. My 222 set will do anything the HP set does, and I can find ammo for the 222...and booolets the right diameter.

I have the nicer Savage 2400, essentially the same gun, in 12/308 and the other 300 series in 12/222. A 35-30 would be something quite a bit different...a 12/35 Rem Rimmed...lol...a mild-mannered thumper out to 125 yards.

Years ago I had a 412 Valmet '06 O/U set re-chambered for 300 H&H FM, just for schidts and giggles.

OK..OK...I'll go back on my meds!

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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14520949 01/30/20
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Your logic makes sense, go ahead and do it! Sounds like a fun project to load for....


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14521246 01/30/20
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You don't need meds you just need another gun. The formula is N=1. N is the guns you have and ………. But the 35-30 sounds like an excellent and well though out device. But it is awfully practical. My 412 has a 12 Ga and a 9.3X74 set. My practical side says to make a squirrel load with a cast Makarov bullet. I just haven't done it yet. Please let us know what you come up with. I have a couple of JES rebores I bought used. Both guns shoot quite well and the rifling has a crisp look that I find pleasing. Be Well, Rustyzipper.

Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14522873 01/30/20
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I had some 412s in 9.3X74R back when I was still a strong guy and loved them. My first was a special close out from Cape Outfitters when Don was still alive. It was actually the early Tikka manufactured guns. It was 12/9,3X74R with double triggers. I took it to Tanzania in 2000 on a buffalo hunt and to Zimbabwe for a kudu. It kept the kitchen supplied with francolin and Guinea, and was a delight to carry. It was somewhat lighter than the Finnish Valmets. I added a set of the Lothar Walther DR barrels in double 9,3.

The 412 guns became just too heavy for me a few years ago, and I went to the somewhat lighter 300 series guns. They're not as strong, but I'm not shooting 9,3s now.

I saw you use Makarov bullets for plinkers. I've used the Hoenady .365 95gr jacketed bullets for several years in my 9,3X62 and in several 9,3X72R guns I once had. I simply loaded a healthy measured scoop of Trail Boss for under the Makarov bullets. They work GREAT and make an excellent small game load.


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14527929 02/01/20
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So solly. The formula is N+1= the number of guns you need. N being the number you now have. I hope after I die they look everywhere for the N's. You never know where someone might leave a gun. Did you shoot a buff with the 9.3X74? Be Well, Rustyzipper.

Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: Rustyzipper] #14537058 02/03/20
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I did with the BBF, while francolin hunting.

I decided I'm going to sell the 22 HP gun. With one in 308 and one in 222 I really have no use for the HP.

It'll come with about 160 rounds of ammo and Leupold rings for the Sako-type integral bases.


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Re: Maybe a Re-bore for Valmet 300 Series [Re: luv2safari] #14543001 02/05/20
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I wish I could have you send it. But I found a bucket list gun and it will be my only major rifle purchase for a few years. Be Well, Rustyzipper.


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