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Are these rifles rare? I was reading through Ball's book, and noticed the unusual buttplate configuration.
Vulch are these 2 rifles still in supply these days, if so can you point me to a place that sells them please.See a LOT of them here in Australia. Never appeal to me as they look crude with that buttplate. (though I understand the rationale behind the idea). Minty examples (most seem 54 dated) run $350 tops here - about $320 US.
FN 24/30's are moderately common here too
You may be looking at one of the Steyr or BRNO Mausers, originally long rifles in 7mm, that were re-manufactured into 30-06 in the early fifties by the Colombian Government. They are similar in form to the Belgian made articles. I have one, and it is an OK shooter and handy for hunting, but they are hardly worth spending much money on or pursuing sources for parts. In the US, a good one fetches from $200-300 at Gun Shows and on line...if it sells. A notch in the receiver ring is a clue, as the 30-06 cartridge is longer than the 7mm and it was put there when converted.Sorry to resurect a dead thread but I have a query with this specific rifle. I have found one (or at least I think I have) sporterized, whoever done didn't do much. He took the military stock off and put a sporter stock on it, still has rear and front sights, bolt handle is still straight.
When I was talking to the bloke on the phone he said the barrel was 22.5 inches, the right hand side of the receiver has Famage on it, Colombian crest on top dated 1952.
He's asking $395 +post but I think I can get $50 off that price.
So for fun I want to put it back into a military stock with bands and sling loops, how hard will that be? I know finding a stock with a corrugated butt is nigh impossible but are there any stocks in mass supply that this rifle will fit into?
Vulch are these 2 rifles still in supply these days, if so can you point me to a place that sells them please.
Ahh he did say he couldn't make out the side rail markings.Most "FAMAGE" rifles have been completely scrubbed of side rail marks.
As to "rebuilding", is the barrel 22 inches, breechface to muzzle or is that a "rough measurment" ie, Receiver ring to muzzle ?
If the Barrel is uncut, then it is possible to rebuild the rifle ( with replacement FAMAGE FN Model stock and Bands) or by splicing in a proper fore-end, and fitting FN style Bands.
If the Barrel IS cut back, then its a Truck gun life for this one. ( or parts).
Later than 1952 rebuild dates do exist, but are uncommon. ( up to 1960, from memory of Webpage entries)
Good rifle, and if the Bore is OK, also accurate with M2 Ball. A Lot in Australia were "Bubba'ed" when Ammo was plentiful...now I get them as "parts" or as "stripped receivers" ( Licensing Problems...most are "off ticket")...They still make up a good Movie Mauser (Generic).
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