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    First of all, may we assume that you have...

    First of all, may we assume that you have inspected the bolt for any obvious signs of damage or excessive wear? If the bolt is OK, then maybe there is nothing wrong with your rifle at all.

    Some...
  2. Thanks Ovidio, for the confirmation that the load...

    Thanks Ovidio, for the confirmation that the load works in another M1917. If you want to do significantly better, and maybe copy the method I described, it would be easier with a scope fitted.
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    Charlie, what is a 30rd Mag Catch? How does it...

    Charlie, what is a 30rd Mag Catch? How does it differ from standard? Photo would be helpful.
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    Sounds like a good compromise that avoids doing...

    Sounds like a good compromise that avoids doing anything irreversible!
  5. I confess that this sort of thing gets on my...

    I confess that this sort of thing gets on my nerves just a trifle. We do our best to try and help someone, and appropriate feedback is helpful for advising others in the future. But sending advice...
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    Thanks for the photo still Bob - that ejection...

    Thanks for the photo still Bob - that ejection had me really puzzled.
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    My impression: not ex-arsenal, and not Bubba...

    My impression: not ex-arsenal, and not Bubba either, but the work of a local unit ("base workshop") to keep a rifle in action, lacking the original magazine, which was presumably damaged - they don't...
  8. ... as long as you ... ONLY neck size, if at...

    ... as long as you
    ... ONLY neck size, if at all. If you are lucky with the chamber neck and only use soft to moderately hard lead bullets, then you may be able to avoid even neck sizing.

    ......
  9. "It might come in handy one day"... the death of...

    "It might come in handy one day"... the death of many a garage and cellar. Not so much death by a thousand cuts, rather by a thousand (what, only a thousand?) bits and bobs.

    I too am having a...
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    Sounds sensible - first of all bed the action and...

    Sounds sensible - first of all bed the action and try it out. If not satisfied, try getting some upward pressure at the front - although 5lb seems rather heavy. I would rather use cork, which can...
  11. Sorry, can't help you with suppliers. I live in...

    Sorry, can't help you with suppliers. I live in Mauserland.
  12. Measure head/rim clearance, not headspace

    In my honest opinion, based on not inconsiderable experience with BP cartridge guns**.... don't bother. An 1873 Springfield has no bolt lugs to wear - it has the trapdoor. And it was made about half...
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    If you do all that, IMHO you are reducing an...

    If you do all that, IMHO you are reducing an original barrelled action that only needs a replacement military stock to a DIY rifle that has nothing left of the original apart from the action.

    I...
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    Scope test on M1917

    Now I found the scope test!

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    This was made with my Eddy, using factory ammo. Free-floated barrel, bedded receiver and nocksform.
    The scope mounting was one of those slightly flaky...
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    Well at least I found the load development chart...

    Made at 100 meters, off a sandsack, service sights

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    Note that it is statistically awkward to define the best. But easy to see the worst: loads that should be avoided.

    Note also that,...
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    My Eddy is also Nov. 1918, and has been treated...

    My Eddy is also Nov. 1918, and has been treated as I described, so I am not writing theoretical waffle.

    The barrel should be free-floating from the nocksform onwards. No funny business with...
  17. DON'T DO IT

    Q: If i have a load with .327 bullets and in a mistake Load them in my smallest Mauser .3225 What could happen?

    A: A very serious overpressure - maybe chamber ringing, maybe shattered action.
  18. Murphy's Law

    I guess you are referring not to morphus, whoever he may be, but the famous Edward Aloysius "If anything can go wrong, it will" MURPHY. If my memory cells are still ticking over correctly, in the...
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    That sounds a bit like "wash me, but don't make...

    That sounds a bit like "wash me, but don't make me wet".

    "Correct" is usually taken to mean "according to the original ex-factory configuration". Accurizing is, by definition, a post-factory...
  20. Good luck, and let us know how you get on!

    Good luck, and let us know how you get on!
  21. If you use boattail bullets, that alone can cause...

    If you use boattail bullets, that alone can cause wild shots in a old rifle with a chamber designed for Spitzer bullets. The transition cone in old Mausers is often very long, so, quite apart from...
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    A distinctive feature of the Chassepot barrel is...

    A distinctive feature of the Chassepot barrel is the long bayonet lug on the right side, near the muzzle, which means that it can only take a bayonet with a T-slot in the back of the grip. The "bar"...
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    Very good thought! I agree, the next to last...

    Very good thought! I agree, the next to last symbol is the "type" symbol, so we now have

    ? ? Type 2

    I'll have another look at the Kanjis, Kanas etc.
  24. Well, we both only have the photos to go by, so...

    Well, we both only have the photos to go by, so it's hard for me as well! But it's something that can be checked quite easily without expensive equipment - just a bit of careful setting-up.

    I'm...
  25. Shoot first, alignment check after

    Two (hopefully helpful) comments:

    First, as has been pointed out right from the start: don't get agitated until you have given it a fair trial on the range. Short distance (50 or 100), off a sand...
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