1st build

Discussion in 'Other Guns' started by tahoe2, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. tahoe2

    tahoe2 Well-Known Member

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    So I recently posted in the "oddball calibers" thread, my procurement of a 1909 Argentine Cavalry Carbine in 7.65x53 mauser, I explained in that posting that I enjoyed it so much, I built a copy of it, out of a 1908 Brazilian mauser action and some 1909 parts. The original 1909 Argentine was mfg'd by DWM in Germany back in 1911; the 1908 Brazilian was also mfg'd by DWM but in 1916 (based on serial #), the barrel came from Argentina when they took over manufacturing in the 1920's, the stock is an original Argentine, but I don't know what year. I still need a couple of parts for cosmetics, top wood, barrel band/sling swivel, and nosecap. So I got her all put together, headspaced (by my GS), and shot her last weekend. Awesome !! Not great, but not too bad either! That's 50yds with military iron sights (1st shot wide right, adjust front sight, 2 in the red!!) Now for some load development, and taking her this fall for Blacktail !! :cool:
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  2. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Great job on the old mauser. Looks to be MOD ..Minute of Deer. Did you shoot factory ammo first go around. Planning on adding optics maybe ?
     

  3. tahoe2

    tahoe2 Well-Known Member

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    thanks SWO

    I started with reduced loads for function check, then some 150 grain and 180 grn handloads. She seems to prefer the heavier bullets so far (more bearing surface), she slugged @.312' and all the bullets I have are.311" , a lot of load development is in order. Gonna stick with the iron sights on this one. I have one more 7.65 barrel, and if I can find a reasonably priced action, I will peep sight that one. But I can always change my mind later.:D
     
  4. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice rifle. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing.
    Keep us up to date on any future activity.
    If you have any tip on this type of project, please share them with the rest of us.
    Excellent shooting for iron sights at 50 yards.
     
  5. tahoe2

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    Hopefully getting out this weekend to check some loads I put together.
    got a handful in three different charges with three different powders and two bullets-Sierra 150 Pro Hunter and Speer 180 Round Nose ( I like the 180's) @ speeds of 2500-2650 fps(150's) and 2350-2500 fps(180's). That's published speeds out of a 29" barrel, mine is only 21-1/2"; so probably 150-200 fps loss out of that one, but at a 150 yds or less they will still hit like a Mack truck !! :D
     
  6. tahoe2

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    7.65x53 Cavalry Carbine Update

    So it's been several months since my last post. Working for a living ! Ya know :D.
    I managed to scrounge up box of .312" Hornady SST's (150 grn) and some Accurate 2495,
    and I have tried 4064, 4895, 3031 and 4350 as well; and Sierra and Speer 150 grn spitzers, also some Speer 180 grn RN moly coated bullets.
    The results with the 2495 was the best so far, and minute of deer has been accomplished, although I will not stop testing.
    I think I can tighten things up a little more. But here's the results; I also think the barrel band, nose cap and top wood helped settle the barrel
    vibration down a little bit. That plate was at 70 yards I think I'm good to go! :cool:
    pre season 017.jpg pre season 012.jpg sawhorses 019.jpg
     
  7. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Good shootin tahoe2. The group with 2495 and the 150gr is Great for whatever !! Wish I could still do that with iron sights. That combo (you, gun, ammo) has VENISON written all over it .......... :D
     
  8. Mauserhooked

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    tahoe2, nice job putting the carbine together and the range report. I've got a couple of Argentines but have always wanted a carbine. Good to see a project come together!
     
  9. tahoe2

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    It's a pretty darn good feeling, knowing that something I cobbled together out of parts, works so well. If it doesn't get any better than this, I'm still happy as a clam. :D
    I'll use the carbine in the brush, and use my scoped 8mm mauser for the long shots. I still have the good Ol Marlin 375 for the bears !! :cool:
     
  10. lingr

    lingr Well-Known Member

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    Nice rifle tahoe2. Did a real good job putting it together. I expect you to post a pic kneeling beside a deer with the rifle in hand this winter. :D
     
  11. tahoe2

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    Thanks lingr; That is definitely the plan! been scouting on mountain bikes, behind closed Timber Co. gates and the prospects look good. The deer that have spotted us don't appear threatened by our presence until we stop, as long as we keep moving until out of sight, then back stalk them (works good), but of course everything changes once the season opens !!! LOL :D
     
  12. oldbrass

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    You do good work my man, fine lookin shooter..Is it hard to find brass in that caliber ?......Almost forgot Nice shootin to
     
  13. tahoe2

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    Grafs has brass most of the time, albeit pricey $53.99 per 100. But I have made brass from some 260 Rem and 257 Roberts I had laying around. Cabelas has 7.65 Argentine ammo for $18. bucks per 20 from Privi Partizan. So it's not too much trouble; it's the bullets that are scarce (311"-312"). 308" can be substituted but accuracy goes out the window (6"-12" @ 100). I haven't tried it personally, but have read about it. Argentines bought used, cause they don't shoot worth a darn; re-chambered for 30-06 still need .311"-.312" bullets in the 06 brass (slug your bore). The 7.65x53 is a pleasure to shoot with 150's and 180's just liven things up a little. Can't wait for hunting season. :D