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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by DB8297, Dec 17, 2012.
I saw a FR7 for $475. I was wondering if anybody had any information about them?
FR7 is a small ring Mauser. It should be chambered in 7.62x51. That rifle is worth 300.00 max, maybe more if Francisco Franco owned it and the rifle had papers to prove it.
To be clear, the FR-7 has a "bent bolt" or turned down bolt handle. The FR-8 has a straight bolt handle. The FR-7 is less desirable than the FR-8 because the 7 is a small ring Mauser originally chambered in 7 X 57. Many consider the FR-7 to be unsafe to regularly fire 7.62 X 51 NATO ammo and VERY unsafe to regularly shoot full power .308 Winchester US commercial ammo, especially the Hornaday "Light Magnum" ammo.
The 8 is "probably" SAFER as it is a large ring Mauser originally chambered in 8 X 57.
Remember, all of these rifles are built with used military receivers and should be considered "suspect" until properly inspected by a competent gunsmith.
And, I would not give a dime over $250 for an FR-7
The FR-8 Special Purpose's you'll find will be in 7.62x51 -- people, I think reasonably, pass on the small-ring Mauser FR-7 all the time. If you were going to use only relatively mild factory ammo it might be fine but at that price I'd CERTAINLY pass it by.