BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Probably the most popular caliber firearm in most of the world. Many of us have more than one. They also are very collectible and still cheap to shoot.
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BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Aughnanure » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:39 am

One of my favorite rifles in.22 is my BSA 'Sportsman Five' , it'sa full size rifle and is a great 'bunny buster'.
I just put a new scope on it, a Bushnell 'Sportsman' (appropriate :lol: ), a 3 to 9 power variable.

Took it out this afternoon to sight it in.

The rifle with its new scope:
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Looking down on it
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The group circled in black is 2" diam.and the red one is 1.5", the three shots cutting were fired during a lull in the wind. Firing platform was the roof of the car with an old pullover to stop any scratching.
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Aughnanure » Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:43 am

'Looking Down on It' got a bit out of place.

Considering the wind and the cold and standing/leaning on the car to shoot, I'm quite happy with it so far, those last five shots all represent dead rabbits :D
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby blackisler » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:29 pm

Yes the BSA sportsman is a very good rifle . Mine is a sportsman 15 bolt action and is very accurate.
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby ILUVFULLLENGTHSTOCKS » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:48 am

OMG how did you get that scope mount I brought one of these ans my first rifle to find out you can't mount a scope =/ please please tell me!
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Aughnanure » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:35 am

ILUVFULLLENGTHSTOCKS wrote:OMG how did you get that scope mount I brought one of these ans my first rifle to find out you can't mount a scope =/ please please tell me!


It was tricky and it really needs some photos to explain properly.
So tomorrow I'll get it out and take a couple of close ups.
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Aughnanure » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:45 am

Decided to do it now, might forget tomorrow ;)

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Close up of the front mount, excuse the rust, that comes off tomorrow.

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Rear mount.

The dovetail sections were bits of a ruined .22 body and were bored out to fit on machined surfaces on the BSA; the front bit butts on a shoulder as does the rear one.
Both are larger in outside diametre than the body so they had to be inlet into the stock.
Don't quite suit the Bushnell scope but everything is rigid.

To get the bolt out the rear mount base has to be taken off, so I leave the bolt in and it becomes a 'captive bolt', which upsets some ROs :lol:

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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Niner Delta » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:48 pm

"To get the bolt out the rear mount base has to be taken off, so I leave the bolt in and it becomes a 'captive bolt', which upsets some ROs"

Must be very different rules, I have never had to remove any bolt at the range. :shock:

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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Aughnanure » Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:45 am

Different rules on different ranges here.
Some ranges require that if the bolt can be removed it must be but if the firearm is a falling block, Martini, lever/slide action or break open then the action is opened, which makes it rather silly to require bolts that can be removed to be removed, apparently simply because they can be. Other ranges only require that all actions be opened on leaving the firing line.

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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Niner » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:29 am

At the range I go to they have a range officer now days since the place is crowded so often. All the RO does is order "all actions open, put the rifle down and step back away from the firing line". There is a yellow line to mark how far away one must back from the firing line. Seems to work just fine. At my old range where nobody was in charge it was a different matter and the "rules" all depended on the dumbest or most selfish shooter that happened to show up on a given day.

But speaking of 22's with a scope. I have one... got it in 1998. It was at one time probably the most popular semi auto 22 in the US and made by Ruger.Maybe it still is a best seller....it certainly has a lot of after market stuff for it still advertised. Can't remember the last time I fired it but it has been several years. I just find it a pain in the butt to take down and clean and cuss some getting back together again. Probably need to follow directions or something. The scope is rather cheap and unsatisfactory too... as I remember.

Looks like it needs some dusting off. :bigsmile:
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby ILUVFULLLENGTHSTOCKS » Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:08 am

Hey Mate,

Cheers for that i will see what I can do too get the scope on it.I really love the long barrel on it and don't really wanna have to flick it.
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby blackisler » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:10 pm

will take pics of the bsa scope mount as it is very different to the one shown .
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby blackisler » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:13 pm

as promised .here are the pics of the scope mount on my Sportsman 15
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby Aughnanure » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:31 pm

First one that I've ever seen, thank's for that.

Gives me ideas. :D
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby ILUVFULLLENGTHSTOCKS » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:16 am

Hey man,

Did you have two little tapped holes on the left side of the reciver? and btw i got my barrel sand blasted and i sanded it down to strait steel and so i'm gonna hopefully have a crack at reblueing it me self as it isnt worth the cost taking it too the gunsmith and re oiled the stock as well so i might post some pics of the finished product xD.
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby blackisler » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:35 pm

Yes ,There was two drilled and tapped holes on the left hand side which corresponded to the holes on the csope mount .
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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby ILUVFULLLENGTHSTOCKS » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:13 am

Hi,

Where did you get your scope mount and what model was it if you know?

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Re: BSA 'Sportsman Five' .22

Postby blackisler » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:58 pm

I got the mount from a club member around 25 years ago and who has since passed away . It was made by Parker Hale in Australia which is all I know
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