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HawkI 07-07-2010 11:21 PM

Which caliber FN-49?
If you were going to purchase an FN-49, which caliber would you prefer based on ballistics, price, and availability? I know the rifle comes in 7mm, 8mm Mauser, 7.62x51, and .30-06 (maybe others if I didn't remember).

JonM 07-08-2010 12:01 AM

are you going to hunt or reload for it??

30-06 has the widest bullet choices of the ones you mention for hunting or reloading.

HawkI 07-08-2010 12:32 AM

Hunting deer is a possibility, also possible Shtf.

robocop10mm 07-08-2010 01:42 PM

IIRC the 7mm chambering was most common. The 7 X 57 cartridge is perfectly adequate for hunting (WDM Bell killed over 1000 elephants with this round). The other chamberings are nice, but much sought after by collectors and such examples are much pricier.

I have always wanted an FN-49 in 7 X 57 to compliment my two Spanish Mausers. The 49's are getting old and parts difficult to find. The design had a few fragile parts that have made these rifles into nice collectables rather than frequent shooters.

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