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I got a sporterized Carcano short rifle as part of a deal on a Hungarian M44, I was not really interested in the Carcano, but now glad I got it.

The dark bore cleaned right up mirror bright after few passes with strands of Chore Boy wrapped around a wire brush, got lots of crud and junk out. Was surprised at the quality of rifle, I never owned one and was under the impression they were a cheap piece of junk, not so. The machine work was all first class, metal to wood fit and the precise routing of the wood would put many commercial firearms manufactures to shame. The action is pillared both front and rear, the front of action has a protrusion which fits into a metal recoil lug recess piece which also acts as a pillar. When the action screws were torqued to tight with sudden positive stops, there was no doubt all metal parts mated up solid. Second stage trigger let off is crisp with no creep, the design of the trigger was well engineered. Closer inspection revealed a boxed SA stamp indicating it was one of the M38 rifles sent by Italy and accepted by Finnish military for possible use in the Winter War of 1939-40. Bummer it was sporterized, but will take it for what it is.

The Carcano action is extremely strong, as proved here when it was fired with cases full of Bullseye, no damage to action was done.

https://www.google.com/#nirf=carcan...arcano+rifle+fired+with+case+full+of+bullseye
 

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Aha! Another "convert" to the Carcano ranks! It's amazing, or maybe not given all of the bad press that Italian equipment has received in the past, that there are still people who are knowledgeable about guns who think that Carcanos are "a cheap piece of junk". To TANSTAAFL's credit, he knows enough to judge better when presented with first-hand evidence. Welcome aboard, and thanks for your post. Ralph
 

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Careful, guys, I don't want word to get out about Carcano quality until I've acquired a few more cheap. Anyway, the 7.35 SR I have is well made and accurate. Pretty sure it came from Finland; it does not have the SA stamp but does have the taller front sight. Muzzle is counter-bored, so it saw some use.
 

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Like the schnabel forend on the cut-down stock. At least Bubba had an artistic side. Nice looking, practical hunting/plinking rifle. Does it have the taller front sight blade? I know these rifles were designed for 128-gr bullets, but mine seem to shoot better w/150 grainers--when I can find them.
 

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No high front sight on this one, but have read that came later when complaints rolled in from the troops using them. The rifling twist for the M3 SR is 1:10, so 150 grain bullet stabilization should be very good.

I will be shooting cast boolits only in this one so different weights can be sized up or down to fit bore once I slug it for size.
 

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looks a lot like my m38 SR when I got it. I've since replaced the stock and handguard to make it original. The SA-marked rifles with the taller front sight shoot pretty much dead-nuts at 100 yards or so, which is great. My 128 grain handloads worked great first time out so I haven't changed them, although I do have some 150's I haven't loaded up yet. These are fantastic little rifles and I really enjoy them. Hope you enjoy yours!
 

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Yes, do look around. A couple years ago I was in a little gun 'n bait shop in Norfolk, NE, when I spied a familiar piece of wood. It was a new military replacement stock for a Carcano M38 short rifle. It was fully inletted but the exterior was rough--kinda like some of the stocks from Boyd's. It obviously had never been on a rifle. It was made of beech and had a couple places where knots (I presume) were removed and replaced with glued-in wood plugs. It had no markings, but due to the less than perfect blank it had come from, I suspected late war Italian make or possibly post war manufacture in the Balkans, Middle East, or North Africa. The shop owner had taken it in trade with a box of odds and ends and did not even know what rifle it was for. Got it cheap and sold it to a member here shortly thereafter.

So yes, they're out there.
 

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liberty tree has both stocks and handguards in stock, but they're not cheap. 95 bucks for a stock, but if you can't find it elsewhere, not bad really. My chopped type 99 arisaka cost me 150 for a stock and hardware.
 
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