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Old 06-02-2020, 01:58 PM
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5mm converted to centerfire? Anyone?



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Years ago, some bright guy that wanted to see people enjoy their 5mm rifles, engineered a way to put those rifles back to work. He worked the bolt to take a centerfire firing pin, and supplied shells for people to load their own cartridges. I never pursued it, so I am wondering how that all worked out. Any of your folks know? Any of you have one of those?

(searching this forum, I could find nothing pertaining to this.)
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:18 PM
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I believe that was the 5mm Craig. Heres more info. I had one when they first came out. When ammo started getting exspensive I sold it and bought a .223 M788. Still have that and it,s amazingly accurate for 99,00 dollars new when I bought it.
https://www.google.com/search?client...-d&q=5mm+Craig
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:25 PM
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That's a pretty interesting narrative; a good article on the scope of the original conversion work is here:

http://www.varminter.com/particles/5mmcraig.html
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Old 06-02-2020, 03:32 PM
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Gentlemen: Thanks!

I appreciate your information. Can't recall where I first heard of this conversion, might have been online, but I'm thinking it was a magazine. What a great story of a man having a dream and making it real. American ingenuity.
In one of the links shown above, from a varmint hunting forum, 2005, a poster who did the conversion wrote this:

"Maybe I'm an eternal optimist, but if someone ever markets 5MM RF ammo again, all I have to do is swap back to the RF bolt head and I'm back in business."

I hope the writer is still around to enjoy the wealth of 5mm rimfire ammo now available.

Thanks again.
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:43 PM
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There were Two individuals making the conversions--One was modifying the original bolt and the other furnished a complete bolt.

I have the Craig with the Xtra bolt it makes a nice cartridge especially now that we have different bullet weights to shoot

If you were looking to convert to centerfire James Calhoon sells detailed plans for the conversion

Jim
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:04 PM
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No, hippy, I don't think I'll be converting one myself. I'd be happy with a 5mm rimfire though. At least I think I would! Wonder if any gun maker will turn one out.
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