What to do with 2 Arisakas?

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  1. Birdmang

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    I have three Arisakas...one has the mum intact, a nice stock and bayonet and also has a monopod and weird looking sights.


    The other two have no bayonets, no mums, and just look like great shooters.

    I have been trying to sell them but haven't had much luck. I don't feel like shooting the calibers that they are meant for, can I re-chamber them or make something else out of them? Or should I just try to sell them and cut my losses before I get into something over my head?


    Some info:

    Arisaka #1
    -Type 99 short rifle
    -No Mum
    -SN 31,9XX
    - I believe to be series 22


    One of the Arisaka barrels looks to be chrome lined...does anyone know anything about this or have any info?


    Arisaka #2
    -Type 99 short rifle
    -No mum
    -SN 83,0XX
    -Series 24
     
  2. Oceans

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    Keep the one with the mum, and you have a fine rifle there. The Arisaka rifle, both the 6.5 Jap, and the 7.7 Jap are both strong and accurate, and I do believe both are chrome bored. You can get reloading components easily for both, and they make fine deer/hog/black bear rifles. If you want to get rid of the mum, I would be happy to hear from you in PM.
     
  3. rangerruck

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    sell the one with the mum, and one without the mum. make some money. take the 3rd one and rechamber, to 6.5 various; such as grendel, creedmoor, 260, 6.5 swede, or some such. it is a damn shame that the arisaka round costs and arm and 2 legs, it is a fabulous round. So make it something else!!!
     
  4. azyogi

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    I make my 7.7 jap cases from 30.06 not to hard.
     
  5. Birdmang

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    I forgot to add that I don't reload at all, and have no knowledge of reloading.
     
  6. MistWolf

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    Be patient. The market is soft and prices are down. Arisakas with mums are more desirable. Check out the action on Gunbroker & see what your rifles are going for. Just keep in mind some guys think their rifles are gold plated and price them accordingly.

    Go to a forum where the folks interest in these old rifles are more specialized like http://www.militaryfirearm.com/ or http://www.warrifles.com/forums/index.php
     
  7. Shadow 7D

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    Well, if you must, before you consider all the GSing need to get a modded rifle, you might want to think about how much money you might save if you trade them out for something you like better?
     
  8. MistWolf

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    Oh yeah- Don't customize the Arisakas. You'll never get your money back and no one will buy them even at fire sale prices
     
  9. RP88

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    if the non-mum ones are functional I'll take one if the price is right :D
     
  10. eastbank

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    if you reload they cost no more to shoot than a 270 or 30-06. and it,s easy. eastbank.
     
  11. Shadow 7D

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    Yeah, except for the pure joy of reloading, consider that a simple set up for reloading will cost you at least 500 after everything is done.
     
  12. Sam1911

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    Er.... no... You could have an $89 Lee Anniversary press kit, $25 for a die set, maybe $50 in other useful tools, a few bux for components and be ready to load for under $200, probably less if you had to.

    You'll eventually spend a lot more than that, but you wouldn't have to just to make ammo for the Arisakas.
     
  13. Hatterasguy

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    How much do you want for the one with the mum? Any pictures?
     
  14. Birdmang

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    I thought I had a thread selling them on here, but I probably forgot to put the state in the title and it got deleted. Here are some pictures.

    Any extra information or correction of my possible misinformation would be helpful.
     
  15. Birdmang

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    IMG_1303.jpg



    Arisaka #1 Photos

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    Arisaka #2

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  16. eastbank

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    you can buy a used press for 10-15 dollars(i done it just last summer),a set of used dies 10-15 dollars on the internet. use a lee dipper for the powder and seat a bullet and you are good to go. if you deside to load,i,ll send you a shell holder and a dipper with a powder funnel. eastbank.
     
  17. zhyla

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    I have a type 99 which has been re-chambered in .30-06. There are some issues with having this done (the .30-06 bullet is smaller than the 7.7mm bullet by a few thousandths, which doesn't help accuracy) and I'm not sure what it does to the value of the rifle, but it seems to work fine. The US government agrees, they did this to a large batch of type 99's that we gave to the Koreans.

    They are nice little rifles, light and well balanced. But I would hang onto the one you like best and sell the others if you can get a good price.
     
  18. vwfool

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    Hornady 129gr SST or 140 gr SP in 6.5x50= $26-27 per box at Graf and Son's. Some other brand was only $19.

    http://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/category/categoryId/164

    If that is an arm and 2 legs, I'd hate to see what 45-70 costs next time I buy some.:eek:
     
  19. mokin

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    Those are beautiful rifles. I'm always looking for a Japanese rifle for my collection. I already have to buy 7.7mm and 6.5mm bullets for other cartridges. Too bad I've already spent my gun budget fot the year. Don't modify them and they will sell.
     
  20. Birdmang

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    Thats one reason I never shoot my springfield trapdoor...I always find something better to spend $59.95 on!
     
  21. caribou

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    You can send one to me , and I'll let my wife shoot a Brown Bear with it.........Ive already got the bayonett~~LOL!!~~ I'll send it back with "Battle scars"

    How much you looking to get? Those are not as bad as many a hacksaw job around :D
     
  22. eastbank

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    here,s my 7.7 japanese rifle with all matching numbers,mum is defaced with monopod and anti aircraft sights. and i shoot it. eastbank.
     

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  23. Birdmang

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    Here is some information and pictures on the third one, with the mum. If anyone can help my identify the value/kind it would be great.

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  24. WardenWolf

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    Give me a better photo of the part just to the right of the 3 interlaced circles on the side of the gun. I have a website with all the Japanese markings and what they mean, but I need a better look at that symbol. I also need a better look at the circle symbol.

    http://www.radix.net/~bbrown/japanese_markings.html

    I believe, based on what I can see, that you have a Series 23 Kokura Armory rifle. This would place it in the 4th production run produced by Kokura Armory. Kokura started with Series 20, and worked their way up from there. I have a Series 21 Kokura, although the wood on mine is in a lot rougher condition (it was a war bringback by my grandfather, from Okinawa). The great news is that you have a fairly early model of the Arisaka 99, produced probably in 1942. The quality is still excellent on these rifles, and they make fine shooters. Granted, I don't believe in safe queens. I believe rifles should be shot, at least sparingly. I don't care how nice a rifle is. I'm going to shoot it, and enjoy it; I'll take care of it, but I'm going to enjoy it.
     
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  25. Birdmang

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    Thanks wardenwolf, here you go.

    Hope this is good enough.

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