View Full Version : Browning Take Down Lever Rifle
06-21-2011, 02:31 PM
Anyone seen this one? I faintly still recall a article on doing a takedown machine shop project on lever action 30-30 Rifles for Packing into tight spots (like in the super cub ) I know ive posted something like this a long time ago but it still is a Project to do ont he Increasingly long to do list Thanx Mike
06-21-2011, 07:17 PM
Take down---how? A dovetail joint in the wrist of the stock, or a hinge arrangement like the Krauts had on some of their KAR98's for paratrooper use?
06-21-2011, 07:54 PM
The takedown is by an interrupted thread and a latch on the forearm to lock it in place;
Winchester and Marlin both offered their lever action rifles in takedown form. I was an extra cost option. It is a relatively straightforward modification, but I would limit to lower pressure cartridges. Here is a write up on a Marlin conversion.
06-21-2011, 08:01 PM
Oh, now I see.
09-08-2011, 12:47 AM
Winchester did at one time make a take down 1895 winchester caliber was 405 winchester. Don't know how fast the 300 grain bullet was goin but I felt the equal reaction at my shoulder. Only did it once. Frank
09-08-2011, 10:23 PM
The Model 92, 94 and the Single Shot rifles were also available in takedown form.
09-09-2011, 07:46 AM
I just completed one:
09-09-2011, 11:08 AM
Wow nice job folks, nice rifles, and nice machining. Thanks for sharing.
09-16-2011, 06:33 AM
but I would limit to lower pressure cartridges.
Why? There is no difference in strength of a Take Down from a regular rifle. Threads, lock-up, everything stays the same.
Interrupted threads may or may not have a bearing on pressure limits. It depends on how it is designed. The 338 Lapua Magnum and the 460 Weatherby are offered in takedown by some fabricators.
But with standard, uninterrupted threaded shank, there is zero issues about pressure.
09-16-2011, 07:56 AM
It is curious to me that a non-takedown rifle typically requires a stout barrel vise and receiver wrench with an extended handle to remove the barrel while hand tight is acceptable for a takedown.
I realize that takedown rifles are or were available in a wide range of calibers. That does not mean that I would undertake to make one in anything but a lower pressure caliber for myself or recommend that another do the same. When dealing with a potential explosion inches from my face and eyes, I prefer to err on the very conservative side. Others can do as they chose at their own risk.
09-16-2011, 11:54 AM
Tightness of the barrel has nothing to do with the ability of the chamber to contain the pressure. All Benchrest rifles, including the 1000 yard guns in the big Weatherby wildcats have the barrels installed "snuggly". Not supertight like the factories do.
Any big caliber benchrest rifle can have the barrel removed with a simple aluminum barrel vise and an inserted action wrench. And when they change barrels at a match, they simply thread on the new barrel and "snap" it to tight.
Look at how a Savage barrel is installed. It uses a barrel nut and there is no tightening of the action on the barrel at all..........and once again, available in real "boomer" chamberings.
Gunsmiths have been trying to figure out for years why Remington and other factories install their barrels so darn tight. No reason for it as we can tell.
09-16-2011, 12:53 PM
Tightness of the barrel might not have an effect on the barrel's ability to hold pressure, but it can have an effect on headspace.
There have been quite a few takedown rifles manufactured along the lines of the link I provided and your thread. I cannot speak to all of them, but those that I am familiar with provide a means of adjusting and compensating for wear and/or looseness in the threads. The link and your modification do not.
I have no control over what someone might do in modifying his firearm, but I do recommend that anyone contemplating such a modification should do his own research into the forces involved and the potential for damage or injury before proceeding.