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angryhart 05-29-2013 12:42 PM

Swiss 1889 sporter carbine
I'm new to this so I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I have a Schmidt-rubin 1889 sporterized carbine. I've looked thru every possible place for ammo for it but no luck. Modern 7.5 is no good as the bolt will become a face torpedo. Heard 30-30 rebarrelling is option. Anyone?

c3shooter 05-29-2013 03:00 PM

Have very little knowledge of the early rifles, but you are correct- the 1889 had different locking lugs, and a different cartridge. Where the K-31 shoots a 7.5X55, those shot a 7.5X 53.5 or 54.5, different bullet, different powder.
Going to 30-30? Do not know how well a rimmed cartridge would work...

Some reference info for you, and reloading for your 1889-

c3shooter 05-29-2013 03:01 PM

And where ARE my manners? Welcome to the forum! When you get a chance, drop by the intro thread and say howdy.

nitestalker 05-29-2013 04:41 PM

If you hand load the GP-90 {7.5X53.5} can easily be made trimming the GP-11{7.5X55} to the GP-90 length and using the GP-90 loading data. :)

angryhart 05-30-2013 10:02 AM

Good info c3. But I think that reloading is too precsion for me. I just don't trust myself to do it. I have noone who is set up for it either. You bet heard of someone rebarrelling?

angryhart 05-31-2013 01:47 AM

It has a stamp in the receiver that says gp-11. Would that mean mean it was proofed for 7.5x55 or would that have been the work of someone just thinking "Swiss rifle.... Takes gp-11 ammo..." Either way I'm not gonna try it. Any idea of what it would be worth? I'm assuming probably not a lot because hand loading takes time and skill and there isn't ammo for it. Sorry to keep beating a dead horse. I'm just a big fan of the old warhorses and the like. I just can't see this nice little carbine as a safe queen or wall hanger...

nitestalker 05-31-2013 02:30 AM

The Swiss 1896/11 was chambered in the 7.5X55.:)

vmax1989 06-03-2013 09:03 AM

Widener's has some in stock,|830|855

angryhart 06-06-2013 05:08 PM


Originally Posted by nitestalker
The Swiss 1896/11 was chambered in the 7.5X55.:)

So I took a look at an empty 7.65x53 mauser casing. Very similar. It chambered, pin strikes primer, and ejected. Can the brass be fire formed from these, or do I have a paperweight.

Polock 06-18-2013 10:17 PM

angryhart--Can't give you any expert advice on your rifle, but back in the late '50s/early 60's sporterized Swiss rifles were advertised by Ye Olde Hunter, Klein's, etc in caliber .308 Win. and, IIRC, 30/30 Win.

Might be worthwhile to do a chamber cast--you may have one of those guns.

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