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Thread: Pre-1898 Chilean Mauser in .308

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    Pre-1898 Chilean Mauser in .308

    What do y'all think of this rifle - http://www.militarygunsupply.com/sho...roducts_id=813

    It being so old, do you think it could still be reliably expected to perform in the type of combat role it was designed for with modern .308 ammo?

    I checked with Military Gun Supply and they said it was chambered in .308 not 7.62.
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    perform in the type of combat role it was designed for with modern .308 ammo?
    You mean like shooting at Argentinians? Apparently when Chile went to the FAL, the Chileans converted Mausers to take the same ammo. I would expect the bolt actions to have been issued to support troops and second line forces.

    I checked with Military Gun Supply and they said it was chambered in .308 not 7.62.
    I wonder how they know that?

    If it was done by replacing the barrel, you would be shooting a 100+ year old rifle at 10-15% higher than design pressure. Kind of like shooting .38 Special +P in a pre war Military & Police.

    If it were done by reboring the barrel and sleeving the chamber, I would not want to mess with it at all. See at:
    http://dutchman.rebooty.com/1895Chile.html

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    That's what I figured.

    Thanks.
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    I got a catalogue from Sportsman's Guide the other day. On the front cover they advertise what I assume are the same rifles, "Pre 1898 Mausers- no FFL required."

    Theirs are available in either 7mm Mauser or .308.

    Don't see them on their website. Must be a catalogue thing. You could call them if you're interested. 7mm is a nice round, by the way.
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    it is online as well with sportsman guide, item WX2-158113
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    If the 7mm's bore is good, that is the way to go. No man, beast, or target will show a difference between 7mm and .308; and no worries about chamber bushings, pressures, or magazine fit.
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    I have one. UPS dropped it at my front door years ago. Mine came from Century, and the price has tripled since 1990.

    I have shot mine with 7.62 NATO surplus, and with no apparent ill effect. I don't recommend it, however. I have learned a lot about 19th century metallurgy in the last 19 years, and now only shoot creampuff loads.

    I believe it is plenty strong enough to handle the 7.62, but the consequences if it doesn't are too high. She has given good service over the years, and deserves her honorable semi-retirement.
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