I recently picked up a Parker Hale 80% receiver. There is alot of negative discussion on these due to the "association" with Gibbs and they are a "hybrid" system between a Mauser and a 1903 Springfield.
What attracts me to them, is the option for cheap bolts! I have seen bolt bodies for as low as $8.00. Bonnie Forge bolts are also pretty cheap....
I would like input from "youall".
Here are some photos of what I got!
Of obvious import. is the difference in the trigger area. I don't think a 1903 springfield trigger would simply drop in.... hhmmm.... lets look at another place on the receiver:
Notice that there is a block... also the receiver is not bored out in this area. Should be easy enough to run this through, with a endmill on a lathe.
Bolt hole locations would be similar to a 1903, but the receiver tang is certainly different. I tried to fit the receiver into a 1903 stock, and it will NOT fit.
While the receiver isn't threaded, there is alot of meat there. It is interesting that this end has this casting "divet", where the bolt lug passes through. Now my 1903 receiver has a thickness of around .151 (tip of thread to outside wall of receiver). The divet to the wall is .165. So when you machine down the threads, this will disappear.
I have found Parker Hale barrels at Numrich, pretty cheap. However, they are for the 1200 series. I don't know if they will work?!?!?!
The triggerguards I have found are for around $75.00, but it isn't clear if they fit this model. I don't know if a 1903 trigger guard would fit... but I assume so.
How much was the casting? Its around $26.00 +S&H.
I will update all, if I continue the build!
If anyone has done a build using this receiver blank, I would be interested in information!