SOLD FOR: $1,225.00
Make: FN Action, Custom Barrel
Model: Custom Bench-Rest Rifle
Serial Number: No Serial Number Visible
Year of Manufacture: Pre-1968
Caliber: .222 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action Single-Shot
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “GEORGE SHIELKE GUNSMITH TITUSVILLE, N.J.”. The left of the barrel is marked “222 REMINGTON”. The left of the receiver is marked with an “FN” monogram logo “ACTION – MADE IN BELGIUM”. The bolt handle has a Belgian proof.
Barrel Length: The round bull barrel is 30” in length and 1.22” in diameter at the muzzle. The barrel has a recessed target crown.
Sights / Optics: The top of the barrel is drilled and tapped toward the rear with a male dovetail base installed. Another male dovetail base is mounted to the receiver at the chamber ring and the rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for another base. There is no provision for iron sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a laminate wood with extra-wide beavertail forend with three large grooves in the flat bottom, thumbhole pistol grip with thumb shelf on the right side for a right-handed shooter, raised cheekpiece, matching grooves at the toe and aggressively serrated Mershon black rubber buttpad. The stock has a few scattered light compressions and light handling marks. There are no cracks or chips. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger’s wide shoe to the back of the buttpad. The pad shows light wear, in about Fine condition. The stock is in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel has a few scattered light marks and the bolt body has light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger breaks crisply at about 1lb. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: George Shielke was a gunsmith in New Jersey back in the ’50s and ’60s. It appears that he built this rifle on an FN mauser-style action, chambered in .222 Remington. Also known as the “triple deuce”, the .222 Remington is an historic cartridge, the first .22 rimless commercial cartridge and went on to serve as the parent case for the 5.56mm NATO and .223 Remington cartridges. When first introduced is was a popular target caliber though it was eventually eclipsed in velocity and power by the .22-250 and .220 Swift and it is still popular today, espcially in countries which ban the use of “military” cartridges. The rifle is in about Fine condition with little wear in either its massive bull barrel or its even more massive laminate target stock. This rifle will make a nice benchrest rifle for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred/sold in California.