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Old 06-20-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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I just walked out of the pawn shop with a Dutch Mannlicher M1895? Hemburg 1918 rifle. I'll post pictures when I get home. The stock is rough, full of character. The metal is good but dark, no rust or pitting. It's full of grease and dust! I believe it's in 6.5x53r? I payed $109 out the door, he wouldn't go any lower. The bore has strong rifling but it's dark (as suspected). Can anyone educate me? I thought it was a Gew1888 Commission rifle at first, seeing the en bloc fed magazine like the M95 straight pull Steyr, but I did a quick google search and that changed it. There are crown proofs all over it, a crown with a letter. There's a large stock repair to the butt. I know pretty much nothing about these rifles, can anyone help? All feedback is appreciated!

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Well the bore is flawless! ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1403298201.749095.jpg

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That`s a good looking old rifle, good luck finding ammo for her,but I think you can make ammo for her out of .303 brass. Good luck with her................

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Buffalo arms has brass for just about anything. A little expensive but they probably have what you will need.


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IIRC form with 303 brass using Carcano 6.5 dies trim an fire from.

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There is actually a fair amount of info online:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Mannlicher

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/archive/index.php/t-369701.html

http://www.thefirearmsforum.com/threads/hembrug-1918.91367/

http://www.buffaloarms.com/Dutch_Hembrug_Stripper_Clip_it-932366.aspx?CAT=3776

http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ad/263190.htm

and some info on making ammo from .303 cases:
http://thehunterslife.com/forums/archive/index.php?t-14167.html

You probably got a deal on it because no one else had a clue about it.

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This rifle is in .303 British. It fit a factory rounds and ejected it. It's also marked "7.7" on the buttplate.

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This rifle is in .303 British. It fit a factory rounds and ejected it. It's also marked "7.7" on the buttplate.
Well you got darn lucky, because some of em were converted to .303..........Have a good Smith check it out before you try shooting it......
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Well you got darn lucky, because some of em were converted to .303..........Have a good Smith check it out before you try shooting it......

The hang tag on it at the shop said it was a .303, but I just shrugged it off as a typo. Until I read that some were chambered in .303, and when it accepted a .303 round.
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