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Your thoughts on Parker Hale

Hello all,

I've had a Parker Hale in 30-06(beautiful rifle) for 18 years now, and it hasn't seen the woods yet(I know I know ). I was wondering if anyone else out there has one, and what you think of it?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-09-2010, 09:57 AM
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Never owned one as they're a bit too gaudy for me-reminded me of the old Weatherbys....lots of folks like their appearance though....ones I've seen were nicely finished and had very slim barrels which demands letting the barrel cool between shots if optimum accuracy is to be achieved....

Any I've seen at the range shot OK....they were made to hunt with, not shoot tiny groups....

Take it out, shoot it and go hunting with it....
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At one time a friend had three of them, all built on commercial "Mauser" magnum actions and all thumpers: 300 Wby, 375 H&H and 458 Win. Recall they had very nice wood and high lustre metal finishes, but don't remember them being quite as gaudy as Weatherbys?



All shot well and were very nicely done, although he eventually rebarreled the 300 Wby with a 26" SS barrel.

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but don't remember them being quite as gaudy as Weatherbys?
Really?

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My uncles (who are twins) have a matched pair of them. One is a 30-06 the other is a 270.They have killed many deer and 2 bear between them. They were ok accuracy wise until they had them glass bedded now they are very accurate.They don't even use them anymore though as they now both collect Weatherbys. I have seen a couple Parker Hales at gun auctions and they usually go cheaper than say a Ruger 77 or a model 70 Winchester. One of these times I'll find one in a 300 magnum and bite the bullet and get it.

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great guns especially the 1950-70 models
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Yep. They're about as gaudy as Weatherbys were, before they got really gaudy. Gee, I said "not quite as gaudy".



All three of my bud's rifles had darker wood than the one in your pic, as I recall them.

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I guess my 22-250 is very gaudy then because the wood looks like high end furniture and it has a ss bull barrel..By the way I'll keep it anyhow.I treat it better than Fort Knox does with gold.Oh and it is a hunting rifle.Groudhogs and yotes.Any mark on the gun will be a fond memory.Each gun you own should have a special meaning to it.Saving a gun to make money isn't on my list.

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Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks....I've seen some dark-wooded PHs but could never get past that Kalifornia-inspired stock....

Didn't BSA make them?
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Didn't BSA make them?
Rings a bell, probably? IIRC, my buddy bought them all in the same year, most likely back in the 70s.

All but the 458 went on successful trips out west, or to Canada. By the time he got around to going for moose, he had a 460 Wby.

Now that thing was gaudy.

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