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Possible Pope Krag .22
Jun 20th, 2021 at 12:24pm
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I have a Highwall with a 29.75 inch barrel which measures .980 at the breech and .620 at the muzzle. It's a .22 lr. It has left hand twist rifling. There are no marks on the barrel. I'm wondering if it's one of the Pope Krag barrels. Trying to post pictures.
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 20th, 2021 at 12:27pm
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Reply #4 - Jun 20th, 2021 at 6:42pm
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The barrel appears to be badly twisted on the outside, don't know if Pope did this on his barrels.
  
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Reply #5 - Jun 20th, 2021 at 7:01pm
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Think the "twisted" look is an optical illusion.
But it also appears the barrel has been threaded off center to make a CF firing pin strike the rim of the .22RF. Something the best old school gunsmiths did when using CF breech blocks with RF barrels.
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 20th, 2021 at 8:55pm
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The twisted look happened when I re-sized the pictures. It is an optical illusion.
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 21st, 2021 at 5:17pm
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Offset Bore/chamber. Val I agree the bore is offsett. The Bore looks like he took it up to 12:00 so that would mean it strikes on the bottom of the Rim. Does that seem right to you? FITZ, OLD TUCK. Smiley
  
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Reply #8 - Jun 21st, 2021 at 6:42pm
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The bore is offset and the firing pin strikes at 6 o'clock. Any speculation about who might have made it would be welcome.
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 21st, 2021 at 9:05pm
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Yes, they always go either 12 or 6 o'clock, as 9 and 3 would not work. I have one that is also set up for 12 o'clock strike. Guessing more were than 6 o'clock, as that might make the barrel sit above the receiver?
Neat part is you could still screw a CF barrel on, and have both work with the same firing pin!
  

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Reply #10 - Jun 21st, 2021 at 10:33pm
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Off-center reboring was also sometimes done for the opposite reason.  For example, I have a Stevens .22RF barrel rebored off-center by Pope so that the unmolested rimfire firing pin now discharges .32 Ideal shells just fine.

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MrTipUp wrote on Jun 21st, 2021 at 10:33pm:
Off-center reboring was also sometimes done for the opposite reason.  For example, I have a Stevens .22RF barrel rebored off-center by Pope so that the unmolested rimfire firing pin now discharges .32 Ideal shells just fine.

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Does the RF pin leave a rectangle strike on the primers?
  

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Reply #12 - Jun 22nd, 2021 at 3:46pm
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Mine leaves a half moon strike.
  
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Reply #13 - Jun 22nd, 2021 at 5:18pm
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Maybe a better picture.
  
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Reply #14 - Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:59am
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Does the RF pin leave a rectangle strike on the primers?

The things I'm sometimes asked.  Anyway, I don't have any case with spent primers and it's been a long time since I've handled that rifle - a tip-up model - so I had to go check.  And, yes, Vall, the firing pin's nose is indeed a very narrow rectangle, almost blade-like.  Is that in some way significant?

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