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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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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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