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TXnorton 01-24-2010 11:22 AM

Type 38 6.5 Jap
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Anybody have one of these?

Went to the big Gun Show in Houston yesterday, and this one just begged me to take it home to add to my WW2 collection. A Japanese battle rifle was in the long range plans for the "collection", this one just moved it forward a bit.

From the markings it appears to be a late 1930's - early 1940's Kokura arsenal rifle. The Mum is still intact.

Someone had expertly restored this rifle (which detracts from the collector's value and therefore it was relatively inexpensive), but the blueing is beautiful, and the wood looks near near new with only a few nicks. The barrel rifling is about average, not anywhere near perfect, but about like my K98k and that Mauser shoots fine at 100 yards with less than sharp rifling.

I have already ordered 100 rounds of Hornady ammo, and a set of reloading dies. Any recommendations on re-load formulations?

jpattersonnh 01-24-2010 11:42 AM

Cartridges of the world has a few for 6.5x50. 40gr IMR 4350 w/ a 140gr sp bullet is the closest to the original 139gr used.

canebrake 01-24-2010 12:42 PM

Nice snag TX!

.22hustler 01-24-2010 01:13 PM

Dad brought one home from the jungles of Burma during the second world war. My rifle is also complete, mum and flash shield intact, and also does shoot rather well. I just can't find any ammo for it.

TXnorton 01-24-2010 01:36 PM has 6.5 Jap but it is not cheap!

hillbilly68 01-24-2010 07:47 PM

great find TX, lucky you! I remember when 6.5 japs and Carcanos would be stuffed in a barrel at one of the local country stores that sold guns. Could pick one out and take it home for 30 or 40 bucks. I cant believe what they are bringing now!


cpttango30 01-25-2010 02:46 AM

I got one but mine has been sporterized. and Chambered into a 6.5x57mm Shots great and actions are strong as an ox on roids.

RCHanlin 02-03-2010 12:53 PM

Check out for reloading data for your new Jap rifle. Very sweet looking rifle regardless of it being restored.

mag318 02-07-2010 09:12 PM

Whoever did the restoration did a beautiful job, most of these look like crap, yours is beautiful. Nice snag.

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