Norinco Hunter to Valmet Clone Conversion. Updated 6-21.

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762AP
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Norinco Hunter to Valmet Clone Conversion. Updated 6-21.

Post by 762AP » Sun May 18, 2014 10:10 am

Work in Progress.
I started out with this, Hunter with matching numbers top cover, it has the hold down ears like the SAKO rifles, so right there I have to utilize it instead of the 78 sight mounting set up.
Also, has the Hunter/Galil type gas block, so again, going to use it instead of the 78 type front sight/flash hider unit.
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The mag catch unit on the Hunter is the Chinese 2 rivet pattern, the Galil unit I'm using is 4 rivet. Not sure what I'll have welded up, the Galil rivet holes or the receiver rivet holes, but one way or the other, I'll get it done.
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Original TG unit removed.
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Original top cover with Valmet 76 rear sight housing. I'll remove the Chinese rear sight and have the Valmet base welded on.
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Sunday afternoon mock up, a little inspiration to keep it going.
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Added 5-25.
Got the Chinese rear peep sight off the top cover.
Started to drill through the spot weld, broke a couple bits, ended up finishing it off with a Dremel stone bit, then popping it off with a screw driver and hammer.
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Then, went to work with the Finnish welds on the Valmet rear sight unit.
Little bit with a Dremel cutoff wheel, and had it pretty much flat.
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The Chicom top cover is almost as wide as the bottom ears on the Valmet rear sight, so it'll take a little filing to get it to fit over, it sits a little high right now. I thought about taking the bottom ears off, it would be easiest, but wouldn't look right.
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The pistol grip also had some extra holes in it when I got it, decided to fill those with JB weld.
First, put a piece of plastic wrapped around a paper tube inside to keep as much JB weld as possible from leeching in.
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Then, filled the holes with it, and wrapped tape around to try and control it while it set.
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After a couple days, it's set. Sanded down, found some low spots, so time to fill it up again.
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Maybe more tomorrow.
Thanks.
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Post by E. Blake » Sun May 18, 2014 6:19 pm

Wow; looking great!

People like us are either geniuses or we are mad as hatters. Personally, I think you're a genius! The project is looking great!

On the other hand, I don't think there is any doubt in our wives' minds which one we are.

:D

Keep us posted as your project progresses! Hoo-ahh!!

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Post by trikerjay » Sun May 18, 2014 9:25 pm

Very cool. Coming together nicely. I emailed you a pic of what I did for the mag catch. I welded up the holes in the mag catch itself and redrilled the holes to match the receiver.

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Post by AGG » Mon May 19, 2014 7:29 am

That is looking good!!! :D

Tony

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Post by riderboy » Tue May 27, 2014 8:38 am

Wow! That's fabulous. You really have a nice rifle going there!

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Post by 762AP » Tue May 27, 2014 4:58 pm

riderboy wrote:Wow! That's fabulous. You really have a nice rifle going there!
Thanks, but I couldn't have done it without your generous help. :wink:
Also, need to thank E. Blake for his contribution.

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Post by 762AP » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:08 pm

Got some more parts for the conversion.
Picked up a like new SA R-4 gas tube, R-4 front sight unit and screws.
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The screws thread in the Chinese gas block, but the heads are a bit larger.
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And, the R-4 gas tube is about 1/8" shorter than the Chinese one.
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The SA front sight base is larger than the Chinese one, so I'm either needing to find a Galil GB for this, or do some major modding on these parts.
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Post by trikerjay » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:20 pm

Still making steady progress I see. Darn I was really hoping that front sight would have worked with out much modification. I still need to find me a plastic pistol grip and talk E. Blake into making me a buttstock just like yours. Keep up the good work cant wait to see your finished product. Later Jay Image

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Post by AGG » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:20 pm

Jay,

Is that yours??? :shock:
Very nice. :D

Tony

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Post by trikerjay » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:54 pm

Thanks bud. Yep that's the one I built a couple years ago. Took quite a while to find all the parts but E.Blake was essential. He made the beautiful butt stock but I just think the M78 style would go better with the long barrel and other M78 attributes I went with on mine.

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Post by trikerjay » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:46 pm

Mine is finally done. (Still looking for a plastic Valmet pistol grip) Here is my Polytech Hunter M78 clone. Hows yours coming along 762AP? Image

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Post by 762AP » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:51 pm

NICE!
That stock really works with it.
I'm still waiting on an AR front HG cap, I'll try and update the deleted pics and post some new this weekend.
I ended up changing ISPs a couple weeks ago, lost a bunch of photos and access to some sites, but should be back to speed in a while.

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