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Old 12-31-2020, 01:32 PM
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With the locking lugs on a 581 make it a good candidate for conversion to 17M2, or do you think it would be to much pressure?

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Old 12-31-2020, 03:01 PM
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It could stand that and considerably more pressure.

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Old 12-31-2020, 04:02 PM
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Thanks John, I suspected so, but want to be sure. how much more? Now all I have to do is fine a left hand one.

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Old 12-31-2020, 04:15 PM
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It's been done at least once before. Hushkaboom did one about 7 years ago.

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=489393

BTW, by design, the max pressure between HM2 and 22LR is the same.
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Old 12-31-2020, 06:26 PM
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Absolutely not a problem. I've done it as well.
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Not the best photo but I still have the converted 581. A local retired machinist/gunsmith that belongs to our gun club has several 580 single shots that he has converted to the small centerfire cartridges. The 5mm mag is based on the same action and it has way more pressure than most other rimfires.
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Old 01-01-2021, 09:21 PM
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The lugs are plenty strong enough. I have one converted to 221 fireball and it does just fine
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Old 01-01-2021, 09:22 PM
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Not the best photo but I still have the converted 581. A local retired machinist/gunsmith that belongs to our gun club has several 580 single shots that he has converted to the small centerfire cartridges. The 5mm mag is based on the same action and it has way more pressure than most other rimfires.
I love that stock!! Send me some closer pics of it. What is that one converted to? Or is it still a .22
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Old 01-02-2021, 02:01 AM
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17HM2 joejo.
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Old 01-02-2021, 08:47 AM
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Thanks for the information guys. that a nice piece of wood.

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The 580 series bolts are probably the strongest in the rimfire world. Lock up like an artillery piece.
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I've customized three 581s -- all .22LR -- one with a Hart SS Match barrel and a custom stock, a second with a Benchmark 3-groove sporter barrel in a 541 stock, and a third with an Anschutz 1712 take-off barrel in a 541 stock. All have 541 triggers. Each one wears a Leupold VX-2 6-18x40 AO Fine Duplex scope. All are very accurate and a joy to shoot. It's a light, but very strong action, so a good foundation for a custom build. Attached are pics of the one with the Hart barrel in the custom stock.

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Nice rifle Doug. I have a lot of interest in the Remington 540/580 series of rifles. They are usually very accurate especially in their weight class. The one you pictured should be a fine shooter with the up grades you have done. I especially watch for the early 581's with the walnut stocks and the small port actions. I have a 582 also that is a real shooter and makes a nice squirrel getter. Both of my 540's are very accurate and hang in there with rifles that cost much more. Doug you are fortunate to have a lot of fine rifles.
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I've customized three 581s -- all .22LR -- one with a Hart SS Match barrel and a custom stock, a second with a Benchmark 3-groove sporter barrel in a 541 stock, and a third with an Anschutz 1712 take-off barrel in a 541 stock. All have 541 triggers. Each one wears a Leupold VX-2 6-18x40 AO Fine Duplex scope. All are very accurate and a joy to shoot. It's a light, but very strong action, so a good foundation for a custom build. Attached are pics of the one with the Hart barrel in the custom stock.

Doug

Interesting profile of that barrel into the receiver, I've got a Green Mountain barrel blank that may one day go on a factory 581. It'll be turned down to receiver diameter or just under but reduction from there is the question in my mind. Overall weight will be a consideration, it is a matter of how to get there.

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Old 01-04-2021, 12:56 PM
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Doug always has some beautiful rifles.

Here is another option. This was a Green Mountain barrel blank and is fitted to a 581 action. Shoots great but for hunting seems to prefer the Federal Hunter Match ammo. It has a lot better feel with the weight but I believe it is still around 6.5 to 7 lbs depending on the scope that's mounted.
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