SAFN-49 newbie questions
I'm encouraged by the existing levels of conversation around the SAFN-49 on the boards here as it means perhaps I'm not all that crazy to be looking for one.
I'd be curious, at the risk of starting a debate that has had to be quenched earlier, about the relative merits of the 30.06 vs. 8mm versions of the firearm. I'm leaning toward the 30.06 but could be swayed. Big questions for me are:
- quality/reliability of the two calibres (especially in light of recent posts in various places about single-piece firing pins, slamfiring and resultant damage/injury)
- availability/cost of ammunition, and
- availability/cost of replacement parts.
For example, there's apparently an Egyptian 8mm for sale here in Alberta without a magazine. How difficult would it be to get a mag and stripper clips for it?
Any and all input welcomed.
11-19-2007 07:54 PM
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I have a 30.06 version and I really like it....
Here's a couple of reference books.
The first one I have and I think it is a very good read.
The FN-49 The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle
SAFN-49 BATTLE RIFLE SHOOTERS & COLLECTORS GUIDE BOOK
(Edged Weapons Forum)
I'm with Stevo, I have the 8 mm and love it. Mine is strictly a mis-matched shooter. Combination of 8mm parts and 30/06 parts. I'm considering putting on an old pso-1 Romanian scope for a little x-tra help with these old eyes. I'm getting 2.5"@100 yards with it doing my part,, good luck either way, they are a blast-SDH
I have several thousand rounds of 8X57 but some day it will be gone and reloading will be my only source of ammo. As I've got a dogpile of good 30-06 brass, anyone have opinions on getting my SAFN rechambered to 8mm-06?
Originally Posted by sdh1911
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E-Gun does have the magazine for the FN49 in 8mm and you do not need a export license from the US to export it cause its under 20 rounds, but the problem comes into play if it will cross the boarder being a 10 round magazine or not. And E-Gun Parts will not modify the magazine before they ship it.
I had this problem cause my FN49 rifles magazine was turned into police when requested in a letter from them many years ago, and I needed to find a replacement magazine for the rifle.