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    Egyptian FN 49 Confusion?

    Hi guys,
    I brought home an Egyptian FN 49 in what I presumed to be 7.92 cal and when I pulled the slide back to try a bullet in the chamber it only went in half way. The bullets I'm using are Yugoicon 50's 8mm. Their are markings in a few places that state 7.92 cal. Could the barrel have been re-sleeved for some other caliber? No evidence of a sleeve having been installed. What's happening? Any Ideas? I'm new to these rifles. Thanks.

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    Is there a broken case in the chamber?

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    Hi Stevo,
    No, a bore light shines right through to the action.

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    I don't mean a complete obstruction, but a fired casing stuck in the chamber with it's base torn off.

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    Hi Stevo,
    Yeah I know what you meant. If there is a portion of a case in the barrel it should have a necked down area still attached right? I held a mirror up to the breech end and put a bore light down the muzzle end and thought I saw a portion of a casing but I took a 1/4 inch diameter rod and put it down the muzzle end and it did not contact anything. How about a tight fitting drill bit to try and grab the inside of the case and back it out by hand? I also soaked the breach end with some penetrating oil to try to loosen the case up. I have a broken case extractor on order to try that when it comes in. I'm open for any ideas you might have. Thanks for your help.

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    The best bet is to wait on the broke case extractor. It seems the most likely cause of your drama- directly. Indirectly, you may find corrosion in the chamber which led to the case failure, so some polishing may be in order.

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    Unlikely to be the problem here, but my FN49 in 30-06 had a chamber insert to convert it to 7.62 x 51 as was done with some Garandicon M1s.
    It fed and shot beautifully.

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    Bought an 8mm a decade ago that had been slam fired ( because of a stuck case half) and twisted the top cover so badly I had to cut it off... not to mention the bolt was sideways!
    Always clean and inspect before range time....... oh yeah there was a mud wasp nest in the barrel also! :-)

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    FN 49 Super Gun

    I am quite a fan of the FN-49, chambered in the original 7.92mm. Mine is Egyptian surplus and had a highly corroded bore, so I rebarreled it with a NOS mil spec and had it spaced accurately and re-parkerized. Because of the highly corrosive ammo it had been fed, several other parts that are exposed to gasses were also repalced and the original military hard wood was bleached, stained, filled and polycoated in satin. I believe it to be a thing of beauty. The only drawback I can see to the FN-49 was the weight. I wouldn't want to carry it long distances across the Egyptian desert.

    When it comes to an obstruction in the barrel, by all means take it to a qualified gunsmith. And best of luck on finding a good one. My estimation is that for every good smith you find, there will be 3 fellows that you have to suffer thru. These are the guys who shouldn't work on farm tools let alone firearms.

    One guy was training his 22 year old son, (who still lived at home), how to be a gunsmith so he let him install the scope on a 7mm sniper rifle I was building. He got the scope canted off of bore centerline - sadly, I sold the rifle at a gun show and kicked myself for trusting an unknown.

    I had another 'smith' do a blue job on a rifle that I had highly modified. When I went to pick it up, I was stroking my hand up and down the barrel admiring the new blueing when my hand found a rough spot at the end of the barrel. It was so rough that a cotton cloth would leave small threads when rubbed across it. I asked what happened, and he said, after it came out of the hot blue tank, it fell over against a concrete block wall. He said he'd polish it up me and cold-blue the spot. I was so ****ed, I just stormed home an did it myself.

    Ok, enough complaining for tonight.

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