It probably made sense to the crowd that converted similar old rifles into lamps.Why drill a hole through a bbl when you could hang it on a nail or if you were really concerned about someone messing with your ‘display‘ drill through the stock and screw into the knotty pine boards on the club basement wall?
Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.Could have been made into a lamp. I've seen a couple foreign rifles made into lamps. Leave the bolt out and run the wires up the barrel attach wires to socket for bulb and drill a hole in one side of the barrel with something that would keep the socket from falling out. Frank