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I picked up a decent 38 rifle a few years back at a gun show. While I was cleaning it, I took off the butt plate and found a hole and a WWII vintage 6.5 round inside. The round was corroded but after cleanup I saw it had the 3 spokes around the primer. The hole itself looked like it had been bored out with a bayonet. I'm thinking this guy was storing his last bullet. Has anyone else found anything like this with their Japanese rifles?
 

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That is quite interesting. Can you show any pics of it? Sure is a new one, but had to be a surprise to see that old cartridge hidden in there!
 

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The bullet doesn't rattle. The wood inside the hole was soft and crumbly where moisture worked its way in and did some damage to both the stock and the bullet. I'm sure I could get it to rattle now that I've cleaned most of the dry rot out. It just seemed like something a bored troop might do to insure he had a last round for whatever reason. Having been a GI myself, I'm thinking I could have come up with easier ways to smuggle one round than screwing up a perfectly good souvenir. But, who knows? I've always taken my rifles apart and never seen anything else like this before and was wondering if anyone else had.
 

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While I have not heard of extra cartriges, I have heard of extra parts stored in a hole under the buttplate. The Soviet SVT40 has such holes pre-drilled. French needle guns are known for the occassional extra firing pins under the plate.

As for a Japanese rifle, I would think that a Japanese rifleman would get in alot of trouble for making an unauthorized modification to his rifle. And the Japanese tended to be harsh with their men. Also, the last round, would be rather hard to get at under the buttplate, why would the man not keep his "last round" in his pocket?
 
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