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Old March 12, 2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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Converting Bolt to Lever action

Hey everyone! I've got a question and I couldn't find much help from google.
I've got a .22 Winchester Bolt action rifle. It's a sweet piece. But I'm a fan of lever action more than I am of bolt styles. I was wondering if it's possible to....after taking out the bolt action receiver.....purchase and install a lever action receiver????? I know this would probably void the warranty....jk jk. I did look online for any company selling a lever action receiver but I found no results, but my guess is that upon purchase of the lever receiver, you could have a gunsmith do some modifying and fit it in there. Or do you think this would cost more than buying a brand new .22 lever action?
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Old March 12, 2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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Old March 12, 2011, 11:19 PM   #3
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You could always do what they do in Waziristan. Borrow a working rifle like the one you want from a friend and take it completely apart. Next take each part one at a time and file away at pieces of scrap metal until they look like the part. Now take all your new scrap metal parts and assemble them into your brand new firearm. Get a burlap sack and gather up your friends parts and return them to your ex-friend. Since they aren't your friend anymore and your the one with a working firearm you might want to switch barrels with them before you return it.

They actually do this but I've never heard of anyone converting a bolt gun to lever action.
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Old March 12, 2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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Think of it as a 'side lever' and be happy.
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Old March 12, 2011, 11:25 PM   #5
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This thread has me cracking up, picturing a guy with a lever gun in pieces trying to jam it into the receiver of a bolt gun.
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Old March 13, 2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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Sure you can convert a bolt-action rifle to lever action.

You sell the bolt-action rifle and use the money to purchase the lever action of your choice.
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Old March 13, 2011, 12:16 AM   #7
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Anything is possible with enough money.. but even if you found someone to do it and you had the money, I'm think so very fun parts would actually be able to transfer over that you basically would have a new firearm.

If google can't find any information on a particular subject, you can bet cause it's not available.. I can't dream up any situation where converting a bolt to a lever is a feasible option.
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Old March 13, 2011, 12:50 AM   #9
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Yes perhaps it is a stupid question. But I needed an answer for my stupid question. So thank you.
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Old March 13, 2011, 04:39 AM   #10
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Anything is possiable if you throw enough money at it. Buying a Lever gun would be cheaper by a long run.

I would not sell the bolt gun as suggested because I found I regret getting ride of a firearm shortly after doing so. Sometime you might want to shoot tighter groups and the bolt gun would more than likely fit the bill better than the lever gun.
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Old March 13, 2011, 08:28 AM   #11
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You might compare it to mixing expensive yellow paint with expensive blue paint to end up with green paint. Best to keep the yellow and bule separate, and go buy some green paint.
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Old March 13, 2011, 08:36 AM   #13
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Gyo, the reason you got people snickering is that the receiver IS the gun. Not only legally but functionally. You can change everything on the gun and people will still refer to it according the receiver, even with a new barrel, stock, trigger and sights. What you're proposing is using the unimportant parts of the rifle to build a new one around a different receiver.
BTW if you want a lever action that works like a bolt mechanically, look at the Browning BLR.
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