Originally Posted by nitestalker
Before loading for any firearm of unknown origin always check the head space and bore dimensions. This is simply safe firearms practice. The posters who learn from gun magazines are the ones who create accidents.
One of the big issues with getting head space checked is most Smiths don't have 8x57 gauges. The other issue this gun may have is seeing how badly the bore is pitted, it may have a chamber as bad. Without knowing what the average joe is looking at the chamber may fully pass a go- no go gauge check, but still may deform brass badly. If I were to fire it I would start w/ U.S. made ammo as it is quite underpowered. I would also suggest a gun vise and remote firing, as in a string to pull the trigger. Inspect the brass carefully and note if the bolt is hard to lift. Better cautious then faceless.