From: Reece

Hey there, I was just given a Parker-Hale 300 Win. Mag that was my grandpa’s but I’m missing the detachable magazine. Do you know where I can get one? It’s not the Safari, I think it’s the 1200 and has a Mauser action….. I’ve checked W.G.P with no luck.

Thanks!

Hi Reece,

Parker Hale was started in 1800 and served the British military throughout many wars and served as sniper rifles in the British Army until recently. As well Parker Hale made very nice rifles for recreational sport hunters. During the 1960s Parker Hale was readily available in Canada and came in a number of models. Every Parker Hale I ever saw was a quality firearm, and in fact I have owned several – still do own a Super Safari in 7mm Remington Magnum. I think there was a 1200, a 1200C, a Safari and a 1200 Super Safari but I cannot remember if they are the same model. I have even seen some with heavy varmint/target type barrels. Probably all share the same action based on Paul Mauser’s 98 action and would be classified as Commercial Mausers. All that I have owned were the hinged floor plate model. There was also an 1100 series as well that is similar. Some believe the 1200 action is made by Fabrique National (FN) in Belgium and the 1100 is a Spanish made Santa Barbara action. I cannot verify this.

The United Kingdom had several incidents during the 1980s, including the Hungerford and Dunblane “massacres” and the British government prompted by a kneejerk reaction by the public lead by the media passed draconian gun ownership laws. Aside from many very nice pieces of historic art, in the form of Purdy and Holland and Holland firearms companies, were destroyed because the police “encouraged” people to turn in these very fine pieces for destruction along with countless other firearms. I took a trip to Scotland about 5 years ago, which used to be a great place to locate hard to find shotguns and rifles like Mannlicher-Schoenaur 1903 rifles and very nice “English Shotguns” at good prices. It was nearly impossible to locate any.

Gun ownership in the UK, though severely restricted, is still very possible for some fine hunting in Scotland and other places but the “purge” of old, and often historic firearms, has certainly put a damper on finding these nice guns.

Parker Hale was one of the casualties of the “purge”. Even though no Parker Hale firearms were used in the crimes they closed their doors. Parts in Canada are in short supply, so I understand. One of the reasons I avoid owning a hunting rifle with a detachable magazine is because they eventually become difficult or impossible to find if you ever lose the original.

You can try several places in the UK for parts. I’m sure they do have them but what difficulty there is in getting them shipped out of the UK I just do not know.

I do not know if this info is current or even accurate:

At 31 March 2010 Parker Hale is owned by Parker Hale Limited (care of John Rothery Wholesale) Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshire. GU32 3XA. England. Tel: +44 (0) 1730 268011 – Fax: +44 (0) 1730 260074

You can try these people:

TW Chambers & Co

I have used these gunsmiths in the past and found them very helpful:

John Dickson & Sons, Edinburgh, Scotland

PD Malloch, Perth, Scotland

James Crockart & Son, Blairgowrie, Scotland

Hopefully you will be able to find a detachable magazine for your Parker Hale.

ALWAYS SHOOT STRAIGHT

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“Hey Ken,

I really appreciate you taking the time to get back to me. That was a great little history lesson on the rifle and Parker-Hale as a company.

I was actually able to buy a used detachable magazine from a guy in Prince George. You are right  about  the rifle it works great, I actually got my first 4 point white tail  buck last weekend with the rifle at a shot of 236 yards with my  grandpa’s original Bushnell 1100 scope. My buddies were pretty impressed but also a little jealous as this was the only buck we came  across the whole weekend and they both had bought brand new Tikka T3  rifles just a few months ago. I’m looking forward to more hunts to come using this rifle.

Thanks again Ken, I appreciate your time and the info. Reece.”

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