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Cancano 7.35 Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TCB in TN, Jun 3, 2008.

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  1. TCB in TN

    TCB in TN Member

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    Wow Christmas came early here in TN, my father-in-law gave me his old guns (not a lot of them but hey they are gifts:D), so I have some interesting new guns. The first is an old single shot Iver Johnson .410 shot gun, in very good condition, the second is an old Remington Model 10 pump in excellent condition, and the third (and point of this post) is a sporterized Carcano 7.35 rifle. It is in excellent condition and I am very curious about how these old rifles shoot, and to that point where can I find ammo for it these days. I looked at several of the reg. websites and have come up empty, so any help would be appreciated. Further more any info about your own experiences with these rifles would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance.

    Bryan
     
  2. paintballdude902

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    i was just looking and well.....i came up dry.....wow check around surplusrifleforum.com , they might be able to help more

    one of their sponcers is a company named familyfirearms&finishes is a great place todd will try to help u the best he can just post up there


    u might have to reload

    also check the auction sites like gunbroker.com

    edit: gunbroker finds
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=101357373
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=101357636
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=101057558
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=101160870
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=101229218
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=101474140

    not cheap ammo
     
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    Don't forget the clips unless you want to single shot it.
     
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    Is that not the rifle and caliber that LHO used supposedly? Manlicher Carcano Carbine?
     
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    Right church, so to speak, wrong pew. He used a 6.5 Carcano...
     
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    Thanks for the help guys. I am going to order a couple of boxes of shells to try it out. Anyone with any experience actually shooting one?
     
  9. R.W.Dale

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    the problem with the 7.35 carcano is as far as I know it's the ONLY rifle to use a .300 diameter bullet.

    So even bullets to reload with are going to be as rare as hens teeth.
     
  10. MachIVshooter

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    .298", technically, though you can use the few .300" bullets available. And you're correct in that bullet selection flat-out sucks. Buffalo arms has 123, 130 and 150 grain Spitzers for the rifle.

    TCB-

    If you plan to shoot the rifle much, you'll want to reload. Old surplus ammo is rare and expensive, and new stuff is outrageous ($2/shot). The 7.35x51 is ballistically almost identical to the .30-30, except that the spitzer bullets have better BC's. It'll work well on medium game out to ~250 yards. If you do decide to stat loading, don't try to hotrod the cartridge, as the Carcano action isn't particularly robust. The upside is that the M38 is a short, lightweight rifle with a quick action, so it'd make a good woods/brush gun for deer and pigs.
     
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    Check Graf and Sons, I think they have ammo for them also and their prices are very good.

    Pretty good rifles all things considered. Nice piece of history also.
     
  12. fireflyfather

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    I just checked Grafs. They don't even have brass for 7.35 Carcano, much less loaded ammo.
     
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