I have a vz24 that was rebarreled by a previous owner in .270 Winchester. The magazine box is still the original 8mm. I want to fix this before the winter is out.
Brownell's has a floorplate for .30-06-sized cartridges @ $26.10. Is this what I need?
I'm certain one of you has done this before so can you guide me?
I purchased this from a gunshop owner who was going out of buiness. The asking price was $150 so I didn't barter with him. He had personally hunted with this gun.
I don't know the genesis of the barrel but it's really unusual; .2766" groove dia. and five very narrow grooves only .0008"(!) deep. The chamber is short to the point that I really have to bear down hard on the bolt handle to close it the first time I shoot a particular casing and I get mild pressure signs from factory ammo. So factory ammo is out. That's OK because I already had handloading dies.
I developed a hunting load this fall, using Nosler 140-grain partitions and H4831. (I found it gave me a standard deviation of only
9.00 fps @ 2915 fps avg. with 53.4 grains,
9.27 fps SD @ 2935 fps avg. with 53.7 grains, and
16.09 fps SD @ 3042 fps avg. with 54.0 grains.
The loading manuals uniformly list ~3000 fps as maximum for a 140-grain bullet and the increase of the standard deviation pointed me toward leaving it at 53.7 grains.)
This is anextraordinarily fast and efficient barrel!
However, its accuracy is only so-so; 6" groups at 300 yards.
The stock is the military stock, sporterized and bedded. I replaced the fossilized rubber butpad.
The safety is a Buhler. The safety didn't work easily until after I'd replaced the trigger and done the requisite honing.
The trigger was the roughest I'd ever shot. I replaced the military trigger with a Power Custom unit. I'm quite pleased with Mr. Power's trigger although I was surprised (1) at how much wood I had to remove to fit it in and (2) how much hardened steel I had to remove to make the safety operable. However, both now work slick. It now has a better trigger than any other gun in my possession.
Sorry about making such a long story...
When I developed the load, I was single-loading cartridges into the magazine and didn't even think about putting more than two cartidges into the magazine until it was quite late into the process. I figure, if I need more than two shots, I shouldn't have pulled the trigger in the first place.
I've found I really want a longer magazine box to accommodate .270 Win. cartidges. What's the best way?