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willyjixx
November 17, 2003, 03:04 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=49974

they didnt come from the factory in 6mm did they?

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Jim Watson
November 17, 2003, 04:40 PM
No.

To quote a usually reliable source from that thread (me):
"it would have started out as an 8x57"

willyjixx
November 17, 2003, 05:04 PM
i can find no smith marks or import stampings or anything!

its driving me up a wall

Jim K
November 17, 2003, 06:58 PM
The import marks were probably on the original barrel, which got trashed when the 6mm barrel was put on. It could be in some other caliber, but I'll bet on 6mm Remington. Try a 6mm Rem. round in it and if it seems to fit OK, (not loose or undersize) I would just fire it and see what happens. Hold the face well away from the rifle just to be on the safe side.

I wish gunsmiths would stamp the full caliber marking when they do a conversion like that, but many don't.

Jim

Jagermeister
November 17, 2003, 07:33 PM
JIM:
Would it not be better to have the chamber measured, to be accutate. It would seem taking a chance just to try a caliber. there is a chance it may be a wild cat 6mm.

To fire it not knowning would be pure folly in my opinion

JM

Jim K
November 23, 2003, 11:45 PM
Hi, Jaegermeister,

On second thought, I agree with you. I would probably just give it the "eyeball" test and fire it, but then my eyeballs are pretty experienced, and I am pretty familiar with the various wildcats in that caliber. So a look in the chamber would be enough to rule out anything exotic with a big belted case, and any 6mm based on the 6mm Remington case would be no problem.

Still, it is better to be safe than sorry, and any gunsmith can do a chamber cast.

Jim

willyjixx
November 24, 2003, 11:47 AM
jeez Jim

for a minute i thought you were trying to get rid of me!:D


thanks fellas. its going to go to a gun smith before i fire it.

what do i ask him? just tell him its an old rifle an i want to know exactly what its chambered for?

an do gunsmiths "Proof" guns to make sure there safe to shoot?

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