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    M38 feeding issues

    Recently picked up a M38 beretta made in 1940. All numbered parts match and all other parts are either marked PB or no marks. Took it out for the first time today. Previous owner said its probably never been shot since it came state side. Hes had it 50 years and never fired it.
    Anyway I picked up some reproduction clips and some PPU 139fmj. It fired and functioned except on the last round it liked to jam the clip forward and jam up the works.

    Is there something I should be looking. Is it a clip problem or a rifle problem.

    Other than that it shot ok. Trigger was a surprise other than the LONG 1st stage

    The stock is to small for me and I cant really shoot the thing with out being on top of my thumb. I also could not see the rear notch well enough to hold the front sight low in the notch. I just held the front sight post centered and leveled with the rear. It shot 16" high at 50 yards




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    Probably the clips. Original clips don't always work so well from being worn. I've heard the reproduction clips are worse but have no personal experience with them.


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    "...stock is to small..." By how much? The Pachmayr slip on recoil pad will add about an inch without doing any damage. The pad works well too.
    As I recall, the Carcano was intended to be loaded and fired with the clip still in the rifle. I'd be guessing it's the clip since the rifle works for all but one shot(that should be a total of 6). However, I'm seeing a clip latch and a spring on Gunparts site. $3.15 for the later and $9.70 for the latch. Gotta be over $75 order for free shipping, but it might be an idea to replace 'em. I'd change the 78 year old spring first.
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    I’d bet it’s the clips. I have the same issues on some.take note of the way you put them in when you have the problem, then try reversing them.
    They’ll most probably have trouble with the first shot or nothing at all.
    Depending on the damage they have.
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