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Just found another deal today. Its a HAWTHORNE WARRIOR model M820B

Its a nice little bolt action, tube fed .22 S/L.R

Stock is in great shape for the age, however the barrel is looking really, really ugly. Its original and I like that, but its really ugly/patchy, almost a green tint to whats left. I need to do something about that, depending on what its worth.

I paid 50 dollars. He was asking 100 and bought it a month ago for 100 but he decided he wanted a scoped rifle. I would have paid the 100 honestly, but I had to drive an hour in my gas hog to get it and figured it wasnt worth it if I couldnt talk him down. Its been for sale for a few weeks with no hits so thats how we agreed on 50.

I would like some info and value on it. I cant find hardly anything about it. Best I can find is that it was either made or licensed by Mossberg. I would guess 50s/60s. Thats about all I can tell would like to know more, thank you!










 

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Did a little homework for ya. I love books. Anyway, looks like it was made by Mossberg, model 146, for Montgomery Ward under the Hawthorne name. Hard to be certain without the gun in front of me as to value but is say you got a good deal.

Remember Google is our friend too, this info came from another forum and dated from 2008.
 

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My friend has that same exact gun only it says Westernfield instead.
 

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Looks like a nice rifle, definitely worth 50 bucks now all you gotta do is reblue that nasty barrel lol. How is the bore?
 

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sttolly,thanks for the information!


Bore looks great. It shot a little funny though. Granted I did it off hand in under 20 degrees with a slight breeze so I was freezing my *** off Needless to say, it was not my most accurate day.

However the sight made it shoot way, way high. I adjusted the elevator all the way down and even at 30 or so yards its shooting a solid 4" high. Its weird. Adjusted to the top it will shot like 14" high. When I got it it was set right in the middle and went back to 50 yards and finally hit the paper with it. I was 8" or so above center. Im not sure how anyone ever shot this gun accurately at any close range.

Ar far as reblueing it I doubt its worth it and wouldnt know where to start. However, I may rattle can it since it was such a cheap gun. That or gunkote but im a little short for the next couple weeks right now so I dunno



 

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You may be able to solder a small piece of metal on top of the existing sight. I've done this before and it worked out well. I don't know how handy you are. I usually make a few different sizes and just super glue it on and set my rear sight in the middle and test fire till its close at 50 yards. Super glue will hold it on for testing and usually can be popped of pretty easy.
 

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Or just buy a higher front sight. Fiber optic ones are great!!!
 

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I am not sure how I would do that, I cant tell how the front plate is attached. Ill show a good picture today. I reblued it and it looks great.
 

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I have a suggestion.

Please don't take this wrong, but are you holding correct for the type of rifle? have someone snap a pic of your sighting the rifle. you MAY just be canted or have a different hold than others (how the rifle was designed to be held). when you look at the pic, if you are using the right technique, then go for the repairs. I've seem new recruits be shooting all over the place and then we showed their hold versus what the regs recommend, and they adjusted just that one point of hold, it all came together.

I tend to snug down on a rifle, it's just me, and i always have to lower my rear sight on the older rifles with iron sights to get zeroed. my brother shoots more heads up, kind of like the European style, and his point of hold works for him. I can't shoot his zero and he can't shoot mine.

Any way just a suggestion as I went through a similar issue
 

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Hi, appreciate the suggestion. Ive been shooting a long time (by no means does this mean I am doing it right) but to the best of my knowledge I am doing it correctly. I have a few other .22s with irons and my only issue is with this one. I can get a picture at soonest tonight or tomorrow of the sight picture.

Thanks
 
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