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Old 02-06-2019, 11:24 AM   #1
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left hand twist in K22?

I am wondering if left-hand rifling is the morn in the K22 Super America or if it is something out -of-the-ordinary? My K17 (.17M2), a similar rifle has what appears to be standard right-hand twist, so I was very surprised to find LH twist in the Super America K22. These are both Yonkers made.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:35 PM   #2
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JiminNV, welcome to the sight from Tennessee. No clue about the rifle barrel twist, I'm sure the rifle experts will be along later to help.
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There's an off-chance that it was a rifle intended for export to Oz or SA. RH twist for the northern hemisphere, LH for the southern.

Many military rifles from the early 20th century were outfitted as such.

I'm betting a call to Kimber CS would clarify and give you the real answer.
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Rick,
Thanks. I was aware that, "in the old days", many Europeans guns that were built for Africa had LH twist. I was just "surprised" to see it in my K22!
As an aside, I once owned a Randall fully left hand 1911 and its rifling was opposite of normal 1911 rifling----I can't remember which way it goes in any of them anymore---I've slept too many times since I last looked. LOL.
I'll check back later, maybe some of the "rifle guys" will have some input for me.
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Rick is a rifle guy and one of the experts I was talking about.
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Rick,
No offense intended on the "rifle guys" remark. I'm new here and did not know you were one of the expert rifle guys. Sorry.
Jim
2sharp2---thanks for the education!
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Jim, no offense taken, and I'm not even sure about the "expert" moniker either. Been at it all my adult life, but not sure what qualifications that gives a fellow.

If/when you get that K22 mystery sorted out, be sure to post it here so we all know how it shakes out. Interesting to say the least.
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Yes, it is for sure "interesting". I thought I was seeing things when I first looked down that bore. Not only id it go the "wrong way", but it also appeared to look like Micro-groove, too. My eyes are not what they used to be, but I gave up trying to count the grooves.....I may have just been imagining the micro-groove thing after seeing the LH twist!
I was sure pleased with the groups turned in by my K17, tho. The best was a ragged 1 hole thing for 5 shots at 50 yds and all the other groups were <1" for 5 shots.
I have noticed with the K22 Super America that ejection is not 100%. Extraction is fine, but ejection is not. Do you know if that is common on these guns?
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The older rifle information is hard to come by. I've been trying to find a Kimber .22lr to buy but have struck out so far. Don't want to pay the Super America prices.
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I looked for a long time before I found the one I own. I had previously owned a Kimber Of Oregon .22, but could never warm up to the rocker-style safety it had; I much prefer the M70 wing-type safety of the Yonkers guns.
Yes, it was very spendy, but I grew up in poor times and had never owned a really nice .22. These days, I would take a long look for a Dakota .22 Sporter, but they are just as spendy and I have no idea what magazines are compatible with them. I got 4 extra brand new mags with the Super America, they were/are still in the factory blister packages. One good thing is that they will work with my K17, too.
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