Need help identifying/verifying this ammo.


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hermit1863
May 13, 2013, 01:50 AM
Hello all. I just got a good deal on a box of ammo this weekend. I was told that it was 7.65 mauser ammo. I was just wanting to verify and identify that this is correct. They were loose in the box with also a few on 5 round stripper clips. There were a few different headstamps. I am including pictures. Thanks.

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303tom
May 13, 2013, 12:27 PM
Measure em !...................But without scale, they look like 7.92x57 not 7.65, you got a .308/7.62x51 to sit beside em ?.....That should give you a clue....................

Jim K
May 13, 2013, 09:40 PM
Best way to measure is case length. 7.65x54 has a case about 53.5mm long; 8x57 has a case 57mm long. If it is any other measurement, get back with us. The headstamps are the maker and the date, not helpful.

Jim

hermit1863
May 13, 2013, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the information. I measured the cases and they are 53.5mm. I will have access to calipers tomorrow so will do more measuring. Thanks again.

rcmodel
May 14, 2013, 12:00 AM
Then they are 7.65x53 (Argentine) Mauser.

Or Turkish, Columbian, Ecuador, or Peru.

rc

Vaarok
May 14, 2013, 12:43 AM
7.65 Argentine/Belgian Mauser, made in Argentina, if I remember my headstamps.

hermit1863
May 14, 2013, 11:01 PM
Got the calipers tonight and did some measuring. Yes they are 7.65x53 Argentine/Belgian Mauser rounds. My next question, since they are marked F N, could they be Belgian manufactured? Fabrique Nationale?
Thanks for everyone's input. I really appreciate it.

Jim Watson
May 15, 2013, 10:52 AM
Looks like the 33 has a light strike already.

Bear in mind that this stuff is likely Berdan primed corrosive.
Storage conditions will dictate the usability of 60-80 year old ammunition.

Hope you got a REAL good deal on it.

Kp321
May 15, 2013, 09:39 PM
I would bet on Belgian manufacture, the Agentine arsenal marked theirs FMMAP. Also, Belgium used that caliber too.

hermit1863
May 16, 2013, 12:49 AM
I got this box for $50, probably around 1200 rounds. They seem to be in ok shape. I did notice the light strike on one of the rounds in the picture. I will sort them carefully.
Thanks again for everyone's help.

Jim K
May 18, 2013, 05:23 PM
It would be prudent to assume that that ammo is corrosive primed and clean the rifle accordingly after firing.

Jim

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