A few weeks back my dad came and visited. He brought a 54cal 700 MLS down that he picked up cheap. I put our 209 conversion on it and we went to the range. While sighting it in, I decided to use up a few of the older CCI 209M (magnum) primers I had. I handed him my phone as I knew I could get a bit better quality video than my last attempt at a video (last time I was alone with an old camera and a tripod).
I knew I'd have a few stuck primers, especially at light loads (80 Gr by vol of Blackhorn209), but figure I want to be straight and put this kit out warts and all (though these really aren't warts... if you go light with the wrong primers they may stick..) But I wanted to be straight up with the performance: zero blow back, and solid ignition, even with Blackhorn209 is easy. If you get a stuck primer, just dry fire. I use standard CCI's with zero stuck at all normal powder charges.
Anyways it shot OK... about 3" at 100 yds with zero load development.
The video below was my first attempt at making a YouTube video... in it I use my Badger Ridge 209 Converted 50 Cal rifle, 120 Gr by volume of Blackhorn209, 240 Gr. 44 cal Hornady XTP's, green sabots and CCI standard primers. Not one stuck primer and zero blow back as well.
Did you break the handle clean off of your bolt body? It happens more often than most would think!
Most of the Remington 700 bolt handles I've run across are silver soldered (AKA brazed) onto the bolt's body. Its not uncommon for them to separate. When we build up our bolts we TIG weld the handles to the body. We can re-weld a handle on for you for any model 700... not just the ML!!!
If your handle separates from the body we can help. Purchase our re-weld service, and send the bolt to our welding service address. We'll clean up the old pieces and TIG weld them together.
Here's some feed back from one of our customers who contacted us and needed a handle welded back on:
Jim G (from Arkansas):
Recd the weather shroud today so my bolt is complete again & you did a fine job, it looks great. Feel free to use me as another one of your satisfied customers & I will be proud to refer anyone to you if I run across anyone else that encounters the same problem as I did. Thank You!
We've had a lot of requests to build and sell entire bolts, and now we are happy to be able to meet that need!
Live out west and have a season where you can't use a sealed breech or 209's, but then have another where you can? Don't want to go through the trouble of converting your original bolt? Bought a rifle that is missing a bolt so you don't have one to convert? Not a problem! These bolts are for you!
We scratch build our own stripped bolt bodies out of old production Remington OEM Stainless Steel bolt bodies (in the white) with new production Remington Stainless Steel bolt handles TIG welded on. Then we media blast them to a nice dull patina and press on our 209 conversion bolt nose. We build up our firing pin with brand new PTG and Remington components. That's right: a new 209 converted bolt scratch built from the best components we can find!
You have your choice of saving a few ounces with light weight aluminum PTG bolt plug (6.9 ounces, in the white or gloss black anodized), or the standard Remington black mat finished steel (10.1 ounces).
Our 209 converted bolts don't work with the original breech plug, so if you don't already have one of our 209 hunter breech plugs, remember to add one on to your purchase in order to have a complete, sealed breech 209 conversion.
Remember that You may need to 'tune' your breech plug to your choice of primers (click here to see a tutorial on the process). This is done by gently reaming the breech plug's flash chamber with a letter C drill bit. We offer US made, HSS, letter 'C' drill bits for sale as an 'add on' item. To get free shipping on add on items you must purchase something else with free shipping (or at least $50 in products).
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We have lots of 700 ML parts and accessories. Don't forget to add on some important things to your cart to save on shipping like:
- MMP Sabots
- Letter C drill bits
- Hex L wrenches
- A breech plug
We build these as they are ordered, so turn around time will be a few days. It is our recommendation to convert your bolt by buying our 209 conversion kit rather than buying an entire new bolt unless you hunt in an area that has a season that requires open percussion cap ignition.
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