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    Good Day All,
    Do you have any information on M85 00391F currently stocked in a urban grey, blue, and black McMillan stock and topped with a Schmidt & Bender 10x42 scope?
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    Parker Hale M85 Serial Number 00391 was manufactured on the 20th April 1989 by Bill Smallwood of Parker Hale, no scope was ordered or fitted , it shot 15.8mm group @100 yards using 10 rounds. It was selected for a JUNGLE CAMO stock. Probably had a change of stock in its history.
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    Hello Gil,
    Do you have any information on M85 serial number 00310F? I have wanted one of these for many years and just picked this one up today. It’s in an OD green stock and appears to be test fired only.
    Thanks

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    Parker Hale M85 serial number 00310F was finished on the the 27th August 1987 as logged in the PH Register entry 114.
    It shot a group of 14.5mm @100 yards with 10 rounds. Ordered in NATO GREEN stock and sold to NAVY ARMS.
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    Thanks Gil

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    My pleasure, enjoy one of the best rifles ever made IMHO on first cold shot. Accuray personifide!!
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    First time on the forum as a member, absolute wealth of info- looking for feedback on one of my original love affairs- PH M85 ser. no. 00368F wearing green Mcmillan. Originally owned back in the early nineties before we parted company, re-united last year and it still amazes with the accuracy!

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    Gordon,

    Parker Hale M85 Serial Number 00368F was produced on the 20th April 1989 by Bill Smallwood.
    No scope was fitted, but it shot a 11.4mm group at 100 yards with 10 rounds.

    It was fitted with a GREEN NATO McMillan stock sold to a buyer by the name of Johnson in the PH journal entry number 260.

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    P-h m85

    Gil
    Any chance I could impose for 00125F currently in a Camo stock and 00389F currently in a green stock.
    Kind regards
    Peter

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    Peter,

    No problem.
    Parker Hale M85 S/N 00125F is in entry 28 of the PH bible produced on the 22nd November 2000. No record of stock fitted.
    There is a short statement however beside the entry saying "Sundry spares M85 Barrel & action in 7.62mm with 00116F to Norman Clark Ltd........letter in PH bible Page 32 states Exported in .308."
    Consequently no test results for 00125F recorded.
    Perhaps a call to Norman Clark Limited might provide further information on that one.

    Parker Hale M85 S/N 00389F is in entry 280 of the PH bible produced on the 13th July 1989.
    No scope fitted, fired 19.2mm group @100 yards 10 rounds, fitted with Green NATO McMillan stock, sold to Fultons.

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    Peter,

    In papers referring to sale to Norman Clark Ltd reference letter 050336 in Administration Z999 dated 22/11/2000 entries 1341/1342 in the bible both 00116F & 00125F relate to M85 Barrels and Actions for both no calibre on that entry. I do not hold administration letter referred to presumed destroyed by SABRE in 2000
    Hope that helps and good luck,
    Gil
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