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June 26, 2023 - 1:55 pm
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Need info re 1885 single shot. Stamped on barrel:

E. J. Koshollek

nickel steel

no.117

.22 HV SPL

SN on tang 44217

The owner is thinking about having it rechambered to .218 bee or something else.

Comments will be appreciated. Don

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Can’t find that exact cartridge listed in Ness’s 1947 book on .22 wildcats, of which there are about 2 doz.  But some of these rounds were known by other names.  Have heard of Koshollek, but he’s not listed among the other custom barrelmakers in same book. 

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Don,

I have no idea who “E.J. Kosholleck” was, or what the cartridge designation “22 HV SPL” is.  Your friend would be wise to do a chamber cast to determine what cartridge it is currently chambered for before attempting to do anything else to it.  The current rim diameter is important to determine as well.

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Since the Hornet case was the one most often “improved,” a quick test would be trying one in the chamber; most of the Hornet-based wildcats would chamber a factory Hornet.

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