just wondering if anyone here collects or uses antique firearms?? i've been doing alot of research into them and picked up two antique mauser bolt
actions in 7 x57. these were famous for being used to put down elephants by walter bell in africa back in the early 1900's, more due to extremely
accurate shot placement than straight power.
the rem700 (good sniping rifle) was designed based off of the mauser and the .30 06 was based off of the 7x57. but as far as i'm concerned one is
honestly as good as the other. the ballistics on the 7x57 are supposed to be some of the best of any round, modern or antique. shoots acurately very
far out, easy half mile if i remember right.
the best part... they don't need to be registered
if made in 1899 or earlier. uk is 1898 or earlier.
this becomes interesting for preppers that are worried about being registered when they buy guns, or that are worried about government confiscation of
guns during a crisis/martial law situation.
most antique guns are supposed to be blackpowder, not smokeless. but smokeless rounds were made around 1890 so there is a period of antique firarms
using semi-modern smokeless powder. also to remember is ANTIQUE FIREARMS ARE NOT SAFE WITH ALL MODERN HIGH PRESSURE CARTRIGDGES
from my research and experience
22lr's are a safe low pressure antique to buy.
european 7x57 mausers are still made to antique pressure rounds
modern shotguns and antique actually have very low psi, so i'm pretty sure this is safe, (its lower psi than a 22lr.)
to note though is that antique shotguns need to be modified to fit modern shot shells.
SO WE BASSICALLY HAVE A FEW ANTIQUE GUNS THAT WILL FIRE THESE MODERN LOADS, or you could reload yourself to be extra safe.
you also should test your weapon with a headspace gauge to see that the headspace is good.
i got my antique mausers off gunbroker for about 300 each, in near perfect condition. legally shipped straight to my door. better made and more
accurate than many of my "modern" guns.
and please don't just say that antiques are invalid because we have modern rifles or else everyone will realize you didn't actually read the thread
and you shouldn't be discussing, as we are talking about antiques not modern rifles. comparisions are legit of course
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Nephlim because: (no reason given)