Odd question, rifle cartridge with case dimensions close to 38 special at the rim??


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hoofchaz
January 31, 2011, 12:37 PM
This is crazy, but I would like to take a small bolt actioned rifle and rebarrel it to 38/357. Are there any actions that I could use without extensive bolt head and extractor modifications?
Thanks,
CHAZ

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elephant_man
January 31, 2011, 12:50 PM
7.62x39 is the only one I can think of. Also .357 Maximum :neener:

I remember I had an Arisaka bolt (don't remember the caliber) and the 7.62x39 fit perfectly into the bolt head. I imagine a 357 would fit as well.

Here are some cartridge dimensions: http://www.stevespages.com/page8d.htm

Float Pilot
January 31, 2011, 01:18 PM
The 38 Special and 357 magnum are rimmed cases. So the extractor and feed would be best in a rifle with the bolt face and extractor already set up for a rimmed case.

Fortunately for you, the rim on the 38 Special / 357 magnum is pretty much the same as the 30-30 Winchester.

And at one time there were various bolt actions chambers for the 30-30. Most which can now be had for a good price.

Savage "Model 340 I think" and Stevens " Model 325a or something like that" used to make them.
They were nice and light. When I was a kid my buddy had one that he used to shoot moose.

Converted with a new barrel to 357 / 38Spec it would be very quite with some other mods.

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