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I just got this gun from a garage sale today for 100 bucks. It fires and uses 6.5/55 rounds.

It has the following markings:

On Safety - A "23" and a star stamp
Barrel - E 3044
Stock - B5444 and slight below that 3812

It appears to be Walnut and the end of the stock is metal. I thought it was a swede but it doesn't have the disc on the right side of the stock. Any ideas?
 

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Thanks for the info guys - I didn't buy it for collecting - just to goof around shooting targets in the yard and possibly small game. Is there anyway to determine the correct caliber? The 6.5x55 fits fine in the chamber - are there any tell tale signs the bullets are not the correct size? I'm probably going to clamp it and fire it w/ a string (mythbusters style) to be safe
 

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i just got back from my dads - his neighbor checked it out and confirmed it was 6.5x55 - loaded it up - and shot a small tree in half. thing shoots awesome and the sight is true. cant wait to get a bunch of ammo for this thing...
 

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1) It is a Spanish Receiver and barrel.
2) Gas relief hole has no relivence to 7mm or 308. This was done much earlier than the 308 conversions.
3) The original 7mm chambering is a bigger diameter bullet than 6.5 Swede. DO NOT FIRE 6.5 SWEDE AMMO IN THIS RIFLE!!!!!!!
4) Again, I emphasis, all consideration of collectable aside, you have bought somebody's home workshop sporter. I seriously doubt the 6.5 ammo was fired in it. The Garage sale folks were just trying to make a buck, and could care less if you blow your head off.
See my last post - 6.5x55 is the correct ammo - it shot like a champ
 

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this is the 1st gun i've ever fired...i leave it to the experts lol but i'm just saying i had 3 different people look at it and call 6.5 without knowing anything. that being said i have no idea if they know what they are talking about. what happens if you put a 7 in a 6.5? will it just not fire or will it blow up in my face?
 

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Okay, if you fired 6.5mm in this thing, what does the spent brass look like. Who told you it was 6.5mm in the first place? What everyone here has been trying to tell you is that these rifles were never made in that caliber.
Brass is attached - can you tell from that? I haven't had a chance to pickup 7x57 yet
 

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