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Old 06-21-2012, 1:12 PM
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Ive got an old JC Higgins brand bolt action single shot .22 rifle (model 103.18) with a pull handle firing pin mounted on the back of the bolt that was given to me by my dad when I was about 12 or 13.
The rifle was originally purchased by my grandfather for my dad around 1958-1959 for $22 brand new at Sears. Its a great little rifle and my son loves shooting it but im wondering if theres any possible way to mount a small scope on it. There are no rails or screws on top of the barrel currently.

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These and similar rifles were the only ones available at one time, then the semi's. I wouldn't do anything to ruin the sentimental value such as drilling and tapping for scope mounts. Too many modern guns to modify. I love my single shot .22.
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These and similar rifles were the only ones available at one time, then the semi's. I wouldn't do anything to ruin the sentimental value such as drilling and tapping for scope mounts. Too many modern guns to modify. I love my single shot .22.
I agree, im curious if anyone makes or has modified something to mount a scope(bolt up of course) that way I can still retain the original style of the rifle if need be.
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I would not want to drill and tap that either. There are threads over at RimfireCentral where people glue on Weaver bases using (I think) black Loctite and that can be removed with heat. I love my single shots.
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I would not want to drill and tap that either. There are threads over at RimfireCentral where people glue on Weaver bases using (I think) black Loctite and that can be removed with heat. I love my single shots.
wow glue on..thats an idea. i will check that out
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I made this for the same reason.







This goes in place of the rear sight. I used a dovetail blank tapped to 4-40 to hold it down. And the set screws to keep it stable. I lined the bottom with thick plastic tape to make it non scratch. Its been on about two years without any movement yet. DR
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...There are threads over at RimfireCentral...
a lot of good info @ RFC.

I have a Ranger 22 101.16, Sears brand, but a little earlier than your model. I learned a lot about these neat 22's
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DangerRanger..thats pretty slick! nice work
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Ive got an old JC Higgins brand bolt action single shot .22 rifle (model 103.18) with a pull handle firing pin mounted on the back of the bolt that was given to me by my dad when I was about 12 or 13.
The rifle was originally purchased by my grandfather for my dad around 1958-1959 for $22 brand new at Sears. Its a great little rifle and my son loves shooting it but im wondering if theres any possible way to mount a small scope on it. There are no rails or screws on top of the barrel currently.
Flomini98,

If it's in good shape I would just leave it as is and get your son another inexpensive rifle to shoot. I usually head to BIG 5 myself and get the ones on sale.

If you insist on scopeing it then I would take it to a gunsmith and see of they can tap/drill into the receiver but be aware it'll cost yo much more than what it was paid for.

Again...Keep it as is and put it away and do some research to see if parts are still available for it and refurburish it out and make it look prestine.

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Flomini98,

If it's in good shape I would just leave it as is and get your son another inexpensive rifle to shoot. I usually head to BIG 5 myself and get the ones on sale.

If you insist on scopeing it then I would take it to a gunsmith and see of they can tap/drill into the receiver but be aware it'll cost yo much more than what it was paid for.

Again...Keep it as is and put it away and do some research to see if parts are still available for it and refurburish it out and make it look prestine.

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Thats the way im leaning now. I dont want any permanant modifications done to the rifle. Its actually in really good shape, just a few dings on the wood-stock but thats it.
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