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woodsrunner wrote: »
I carefully followed your instructions and:
I had available .310 cast pure lead balls, so I carefully flattened two slightly and tapped each through the barrel from the chamber to the muzzle. A total of 10 measurements with my Starrett micrometer on each ball shows an average mic measurement of .319 with no measurement being smaller than .316 or greater than .321. The rifling was very crisp and well defined, just perfect on the soft lead balls and deep but I have no ability to mike the depth. It's just well defined. I think we can safely say that it's a .318, but that still doesn't tell us anything about the chamber size, does it?
This is the little Mauser that Dave Dodds gave me when he was dying. He had no ammo for it, and told me that he had never fired it. It was a "Safe Queen" that he picked up in trade shortly after he came home from 'Nam in 1970. He traded it off the son of the WWII Vet who brought it home from Germany.
Edit: Big Al1, would any of your pubs date this Oberndorf Mauser by serial number? It has to have been made between WWI and WWII I would think. Serial # is 79XXX.
cpj wrote: »
Could you get a .308 sizer and waller it out? (waller being a technical term, dont you know)
Teach wrote: »
Snake, it really helps to read before you type. It's almost certain that he's got a small-bore barrel, and cramming .323 bullets down a .318 bore is living dangerously. The best approach to this situation is handloading with .318 bullets, not taking chances with over-the-counter ammo with the wrong size bullets.
Wambli Ska wrote: »
Jerry you are a freaking genius... :tooth:
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