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

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hoofchaz, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. hoofchaz

    hoofchaz New Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    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?
  2. elephant_man

    elephant_man New Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Somewheres in Texas
    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
  3. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Senior Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Kachemak Bay Alaska
    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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