Pawn Shop Save 1980 BL-22

Discussion in 'Browning BL-22 Rifle' started by jstanfield103, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Well guy's/gal's I had to sell all my guns last year. Rough year. Anyway I have recovered and in a buying spree to get some of them back. I was in the LGS today and placed an order for a BL-22 Micro Midas ( Love that small rifle) while there I noticed a very patina BL-22. The stock was all beat up. The receiver was drilled on the side for what I think was a side mount site I believe a Williams . The barrel was missing the rear sight and the back of the top of the barrel had two holes drilled in it for I guess a scope mount.
    Looked at the price and it was marked $345. Asked what was the best price he could give me on it. He looked what he had into it (he also made the comment he did not realize what bad shape it was in). Came back and said he could let it go for $275.00. Still not as cheap as I thought it should be but I did take it.
    Got it home and found some screw plugs for the barrel holes and an old cheap Williams side mount receiver sight. Can not find a sight that would work ( if someone has a BL-22 rear sight I sure would be interested in it ) Cleaned the barrel and whipped it down with oil. Not sure if I will redo the stock or not. But at least the gun looks respectable. I will see how the old girl shoots tomorrow. I bet she is a shooter. Tell me, do you think she was worth the $275. I will feel better when I get a sight and a front arm band which is also broken.
    Here are some picture of her
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  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY

    Nice score JS...
  3. Thanks Shooter, I took her out today in the sloppy mud. Had to do a little grinding to get those Williams peep sight hitting point of aim but a shooter she is now. Now I just have to get the proper fold down sight for the dovetail and I have a line on the correct Williams peep sight for it. At 25 yards free hand I was dinging a 2" plate easily with her.
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    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY

    Good to hear my friend...
  5. Well Guy's/Gal's
    I never can leave well enough alone. Always been that way. I was not going to strip the stocks down, or at least I was trying talk myself out of it. That did not happen, stripped the stocks down last night (2-10-2018) used two different kinds of stripper. They helped but did not get all the finish off. After stripping I then sanded the stocks down avoiding over sanding the edges. all the scratches and gouges are gone. Refinished the stocks with one wax that would soak in and another one after the first wax was soaked in and dried. I used a paste wax and rubbed that in. I am satisfied with the result. Stocks look good and dark and feel good in the hand.
    You will have to wait on pictures, I have the new flip up sight on the rifle but I am waiting on the BR22 Williams sight to come in on Monday and the new barrel band to replace the broken one. I believe that will be in on Wednesday. After those are on the rifle will be done and pictures will be taken and posted. Rifle is really going to make a great shooter.
  6. Finally have gotten all the parts in and re-did the stock on the old girl , so yes she is finished. I took some rainy dark pictures to post. I will get better ones if it ever quits raining here in Kentucky (2 straight weeks of rain). Any way I really like the way she looks now, she looks like she is a lot older than she really is. Born in 1980.

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