Hammerli Free Rifle Resto-Mod

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Found this Hammerli .22lr Free Rifle Mod 54, probably mid 60's manufacture, and had to buy it because it was less than $500. It was missing its butt plate and rear sight.

Before
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I decided to do what car makers call a resto-mod. I updated it while keeping the bulk of the rifle original. I found an old Freeland butt plate and modified it to fit. I built a custom mount for the rear sight to accept any modern Anschutz sight. I had to modify the front sight to accept the Anschutz adjustable iris and spirit level. I added an Anschutz accessory rail and made an adjustable cheek piece using Anschutz hardware. I added some cooling vents on the stock for cool factor, added stipling, and inlet two swiss shooting medalions. I pillar bedded the action. I cerakoted the gun in "Stainless" and my own mixture of Graphite Black and Titanium which gives a "metallic flat black"...sort of like parkerizing. I was looking at WWII web sites and got the idea to add "kill rings" to the barrel like the German Panzers in WWII.

Finished

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The build

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NukeMMC

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I tell you what, prior to the forend work, that stock looked ALOT like the one on the Schultz & Larsen M62 I had.7078291
 

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Details? Schultz & Larsen made some nice stuff in their day!

As for the Hammerli, its just plain hard to beat the Swiss when it comes to watches and rifles.
That was a S&L M62 300m free rifle in 6.5x55. Best I could measure it had a 1:8.2" twist barrel. 139gr Norma Elektron FMJBT bullets at 2500-2600fps would shoot lights out at 300m. Trigger had to be cocked (reversed lever in front of trigger) and when fired, a "hammer" released upward to trip the sear and send the striker forward. I used to say you had a lock time that was clocked with a calendar. You had to practice follow-through similar to an air rifle.
 
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That was a S&L M62 300m free rifle in 6.5x55. Best I could measure it had a 1:8.2" twist barrel. 139gr Norma Elektron FMJBT bullets at 2500-2600fps would shoot lights out at 300m. Trigger had to be cocked (reversed lever in front of trigger) and when fired, a "hammer" released upward to trip the sear and send the striker forward. I used to say you had a lock time that was clocked with a calendar. You had to practice follow-through similar to an air rifle.
Nukemmc...here is a pic of a set trigger I built for a replica Springfield 1903 International 300m free rifle, ca 1930.

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Love the old one-off 1903s. Dad did also. He had an old 1903T and a 1903NM boxed set with a Win52. Never saw a set trigger on a 1903 but he had one on a Model 54 he said came from Frank Hoppe.
Any pics? What is a 1903T?
 
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Only pic I have of the 1903T. Basically the 1903T was a 1903 Target rifle, usually rebarreled and groomed for Wimbledon Cup, Bausch & Lomb Trophy shooting (Long Range Free rifle with iron or optical sights).
Oh nice. You know the details on the rifle?