1891 argentina mauser

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by carbon15man, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. carbon15man

    carbon15man New Member

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    My buddy jus picked up a 1891 Argentina Mauser on a trade Nd wants to sell it for 150 the stock has been cut and modified heres a pic do you guys think it's wroth it even with the modded stock?

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  2. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    I'd say you'd really have to want it for that. Even as sporterized Milsurp it is a little of an odd caliber. Not a bad one, just unique.
     

  3. carbon15man

    carbon15man New Member

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    So you wouldn't give 150 for it?
     
  4. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I'd get it. You can always either track down ammo for it, or reload for it. Plus, IIRC, the Argentine Mausers were extremely well made are are basically the Cadillacs of the Mausers. $150 is pretty good, especially if the bore is in good condition.
     
  5. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Here's a quick question for someone who knows more about these rifles then me. The M89 Mauser was chambered in 7.65x53mm (Argentine), but the M91 Argentine Mauser was chambered in 7.65x55mm. Why did they change the caliber? The 7.65x53mm was already a powerful round (comparable to .303 brit).
     
  6. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Not unless I really wanted it, no, and I have 'em all including an Engineer's w/it's bayonet...
     
  7. jpattersonnh

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    Never heard of 7.65x55. 7.65x53 was used by Argentina, Belguim, and other countries. I show no info on a 55mm case. The 53mm was designed for the '89 rifle and continued through the '91. Please post where you found out this info, I am very curious.
     
  8. texaswoodworker

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    Here's a few places I saw that.

    http://www.cabelas.com/military-arms-1891-argentine-mauser-7-65-x-55-mm-1.shtml

    http://www.gunandgame.com/forums/mausers/91060-found-argentine-mauser.html

    I looked into it a little more, and either they were typos, or they thought the gun was chambered in 7.65x55 Swiss instead of 7.65x53 Argentine.
     
  9. jpattersonnh

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    I think the 1st link is a fubar, the second is fat finger syndrome. The ammo link does list 7.65, but only 53mm.

    http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/765-argentine-full-metal-jacket

    Note the boxes. 7.5x55 Swiss is completely different cartridge. Swiss is not 7.65. Tex, it is all good, you dispelled a common myth. Hell, even w/ 7.5x55 there are those that figure 7.5x54 is the same, but it is not. Now 7.62x54r and 7.62x53r are the same, just to add to confusion.
    Now an even bigger issue. When reloading why is 7.62 standard the same bullet as 7.5 metric? One by grooves, the other by lands. Even .30-06 has questions. How could a rifle adopted in 1903 shoot a cartridge adopted in 1906?
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    For the first 3 years, it shot the 30-03. Round nosed bullet, slight case difference.
     
  11. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Oops, I have no idea where I got 7.65 Swiss. :eek:

    Why on earth are there so many calibers that are extremely similar?
     
  12. huffmanite

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    carbon15, Last 91 Argentine I bought was at a gunshow about 4 years ago. Think mine was one imported and sporterized for retail sales back in 60's or early 70. Paid around $160 for mine simply because the rifle and its bore was minty. Dealer had $200 Plus price tag on it. Laughed at this price and made an offer....we agreed on $160. Providing bore and chamber is good, might be worth $150, but thats debatable. It does shoot the 7.65 Argentine....7.65x53. All Argentines, 1891 and 1909 versions fired the 7.65x53 (some ammo around for it that might be labeled 7.65x54, but its probably military surplus and of questionable quality)
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    You were a European country that wanted the latest and best.
    French started out w/ the 8mm Lebel, the Germans followed w/ 7.92x57 (8mm).
    The spitzer race soon followed. Germany switched 7.92- .318 to .323.
    Switzerland developed the 7.5x55. When the French looked for a replacement for the 8mm Lebel, .30 caliber was the rage, so the adopted the 7.5x54. The 1936Mas was very compact, surdy, and accurate. If you were 400 yards infront of the muzzle of one of these carbines, you had a big problem. The French did not have all of their troops armed with the Mas at the beginning of the war(II), that was a huge issue. The rest of the world took notice of the intermediate cartridge after the war, then it became more interesting. You always take the best of what someone else developed and change it slightly so they can't use it. 7.5x55, 7.5x54 (both use .308 bullets), became 7.62x51. We took notice.