View Full Version : who built this rifle?

December 26, 2006, 07:17 PM
Hello everyone. Recently recieved a rifle to work up loads for. I was interested in knowing if anyone might have an idea who built it. It is a .220 swift on a mauser action. The name BONAR is engraved on the barrel, and also has W L BONAR FAIROAKS CA. U.S.A.F. stamped in the buttpad. It wears an 8 power unertyl externally adjustable scope and the front scope mount is soldered onto the barrel. Any input would be greatly appreciated.


December 28, 2006, 08:11 PM
Could be a custom gun. Surely there is some other information on the rifle, somewhere. I need more information in order to help you. The soldered on scope mounts & being it's a 8X Unertyl leads me to think the scope might be a 40's/50's model scope. Does the scope have a coil spring on it?

December 29, 2006, 03:28 AM
Thanks for the reply. No the scope does not have a spring on it. I cannot really find anything else on the rifle to identify it. It does have the head of the .220 cartridge imbedded in the bottom of the stock though.


James K
December 30, 2006, 05:44 PM
There is a Harry Bonar who posts from time to time on "The Smithy" forum. Try posting for him over there. Maybe he is related to W.L. Bonar or knows of him.


December 30, 2006, 09:36 PM
Actually, I have allready talked to him over the phone. I thought for sure that this had to be him, but no luck.:( Thank you for you're input anyway.