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New gun. What do I have?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by fastford19, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. fastford19

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    Picked up this new rifle and I'm trying to figure out what I have. Can anyone shed some light and help me out?

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  2. fastford19

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    Above the Gardone it is stamped 941-XIX. I've found some information about these rifles but not much.
     
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    WWII BERETTA GARDONE VT 6.5 CARCANO Italian made
     
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    A sporterized Carcano. Not sure why it's marked 6.5x53, though; The Carcano round is 6.5x52.
     
  5. fastford19

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    That is what was confusing me. Everything I've read states 6.5x52 not 6.5x53.
     
  6. 56hawk

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    I think you have a heavily sporterized WWII Italian Model 1938 Cavalry Carbine. Looks like the sights and magazine have been changed, and the stock was cut down to remove where the bayonet would attach.
     
  7. 56hawk

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    As far as the caliber goes. I think that was stamped by whoever sporterized it. Originally the caliber was stamped on the rear sight.
     
  8. fastford19

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    But it is 6.5x52 correct?
     
  9. MachIVshooter

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    Should be.

    If it were mine, I'd do some inspecting and, if nothing alarmed me, I'd go fire it and then carefully check the fired case.

    There is a 6.5x53 cartridge, but it's a rimmed one. The 6.5 Carcano is rimless, so there is no way the 6.5x53 Dutch Mannlicher would chamber in a 6.5x52 rifle. It is also highly doubtful that someone would convert from a somewhat common round like the 6.5x52 to a very uncommon one like the 6.5x53R.
     
  10. fastford19

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    Got it. Thanks everyone for the help.
     
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    With what looks like a 1903A3 trigger guard/floor plate assembly.
     
  12. desidog

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    That's interesting. It is a carcano action but they normally feed from an enbloc clip...which would be a challenge with the 03A3 bottom metal. It could be any caliber. Id make a chamber cast.
     
  13. MachIVshooter

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    I'd guess the rest of the 03 internal box magazine components were used and altered. It wouldn't be too difficult, given that the 6.5x52 rim is close to the same diameter as the .30-06 (.448" vs. .473"), and OAL of the 6.5x52 is only slightly shorter than .30-06 M2 ball (3.02" vs. 3.34")
     
  14. fastford19

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    So what does all that mean? I only own modern firearms. Will it use the en bloc clip? I don't have any.
     
  15. desidog

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    Probably not. Can you open the bolt and take a picture or two looking down in there?
     
  16. fastford19

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    Let me know if you need a better look at something.

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  17. MachIVshooter

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    Yup, it is now a push-feed internal box magazine rifle. Not a bad thing, provided it feeds properly. One way to find out.......
     
  18. fastford19

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    Sweet. Glad you pointed that out!
     
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    After WWII alotta country wouldnt allow "military" caliber, so they were often alterd while being 'sporterized', and deeping the throat/neck a milimeter or so, would , in essence, change it to something a civilian could own.

    The new mag certainly is an improvement , if it works.

    Mexico is like that too, no Military calibers.....though someone forgot to tell the criminals that....
     
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