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 Anyone still doing .50 conversions to the British Boys rifle ?
Dragracer_Art  [Team Member]
9/9/2011 5:02:35 PM EST
I have one in my shop with the chamber welded shut... and I understand it's a PITA to pull the barrel from the receiver without risking receiver damage.

Are there any qualified 'smiths out there capable of doing one of these rifles in .50bmg ?

It would be a shame if it spent the rest of it's life as useless showroom decoration.

It looks like this...

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Cromlech  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 10:01:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
I have one in my shop with the chamber welded shut... and I understand it's a PITA to pull the barrel from the receiver without risking receiver damage.
Did you buy it as a deactivated/de-milled firearm?

DummyRound  [Member]
9/10/2011 10:50:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
I have one in my shop with the chamber welded shut... and I understand it's a PITA to pull the barrel from the receiver without risking receiver damage.

Are there any qualified 'smiths out there capable of doing one of these rifles in .50bmg ?

It would be a shame if it spent the rest of it's life as useless showroom decoration.

It looks like this...

http://operatorchan.org/k/arch/src/k43061_UK%20WW2%20Boys%20RB-1%20anti-tank%20rifle%20in%2013.2mm%20BSA.jpg


The first fiddy I ever fired was a Boyes conversion that a very dear friend, who has long since passed away had. I've got a Bohica upper with a "36 barrel i might cannilbalize if all the measurments work out. So, I'm in Pittsburgh and what would you take for it ??? - DR

Dragracer_Art  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 11:03:38 AM EST
I didn't really want to sell it... as it's a great piece of history.

I'd really like to put it back into service as a working title 1 firearm... but don't want to change the appearance of it if possible.

With a welded barrel, it's no longer a DD and is in my books as a title 1 firearm... as the receiver can technically still be 'smith'd into a working gun.

I will likely weld the muzzle shut as a precaution until the barrel can be safely removed by a competent gunsmith... as there would be no measurable bore to make a fuss over. The gun came into the shop as a "Grandpop attic-find" and the previous owner had no idea what to do with it.
We were relieved to see the chamber welded solid... but I will go a step further by welding the muzzle shut also. If there is no bore to measure at either end, it cannot be classified as a DD. At this point it's simply a Title 1 receiver with an unserviceable barrel that's welded solid at both ends.

I might consider parting with the rifle if barrel replacement turns out to be prohibitively expense of difficult to have done.
chargerkid5  [Member]
9/10/2011 8:07:41 PM EST
There is a company here in Rapid City doing restorations and conversions on them. But I can't for the life of me remember the name of the place right now...
_ERIK_  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 5:36:09 AM EST
That is a beautiful piece. I have always wanted one since I first saw one on a trip to visit West Point with my dad years ago.


Erik
Dragracer_Art  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 10:14:41 AM EST
Here's some current pics...













And a pic of the other big boy in the shop.
falco18910  [Member]
9/15/2011 5:05:34 PM EST
This used to be the guy to do resto work, but he now says he no longer does it & has sold all of his parts. He can probably answer any questions you have & point you in the right direction. http://muzzlebrakesrus.com/default.aspx
Dragracer_Art  [Team Member]
9/15/2011 5:30:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By falco18910:
This used to be the guy to do resto work, but he now says he no longer does it & has sold all of his parts. He can probably answer any questions you have & point you in the right direction. http://muzzlebrakesrus.com/default.aspx


I appreciate the info... and already spoke with O.J. at RMC a week or two ago...
O.J. told me he'd done 500+ Boys ATR's since 1965 and has had enough. He said he wouldn't do another even if he was offered $5k to do it.

I've since been in contact with another guy that will be getting the job shortly.

As soon as I get the original mag for it and a M2HB donor-barrel, I will ship it out for the overhaul.
Espada  [Member]
9/16/2011 6:27:50 AM EST
I had a Boys 20 years ago, had to sell it to feed the kids during the oil bust in the '80s... loved it. A guy named Seiler in Pennsylvania helped me with the conversion, and sent me a template to feather the feed lips of the magazine well so it would feed .50BMG. Guess you can do it by eyeball, a little at a time.
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