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Old 06-18-2013, 11:55 PM   #11
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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.
I heard that too. But I heard that its because of the position of the locking lugs on the 1889. They are toward the rear of the bolt. K31 locking lugs are further forward. It would be sweet if it was .308 but is that action strong enough to hold a .308? I'm having a hard time getting ahold of the only gunsmith we have so it might have to wait a few more weeks.


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I'm having a hard time getting ahold of the only gunsmith we have so it might have to wait a few more weeks.
What do you mean?


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What do you mean?
Early model schmidts lugs are not able to withstand the recoil of a modern 7.5 round. They were chambered for 7.5x53.5 paper patched rounds. A 7.5x55 modern round has too high of pressure and the bolt will become an eye torpedo and blow out of the gun ( or so all available info says). Shmidts changed there bolt design to the locking lugs further forward on the bolt I think in the 89/96 model. If mine is a .308 the pressure levels would still be unsafe.
There is only one gunsmith in this god forsaken city who could check all this out for me, but is also very busy and not often available.
I've been told that 7.65x54 argentine brass can be used with .303 or .308 bullets and 30 or so grains of powder which would keep the pressure level safe, but finding reloading equipment around here is impossible and finding components for the rounds is like finding the holy grail. I think my best bet is to put it up for auction and leave it at that.
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At any rate, I have not the patience or time to work on it. It's headed for the auction.
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I can definitely identify with lack of time/patience! As for your rifle, IIRC those old ads for Ye Olde Hunter, et al, showed the magazine well forward of the trigger guard, as on the 1889.
Also, the Swiss modded the 1889 to use the "new" 7.5 round, calling it the 1889/11.
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