Headspace gauges

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Caution is always good--firearm "accidents" tend to be rather severe. I have been collecting/shooting Military Surplus for 30+ years, the headspace question has
been around for many years before that... check out: SAFETY: Headspace Issues
Be sure to use the right gauge, 8mm has an "early" and a "late" measure. Headspace is a huge issue when reloading--case head separation will put your firearm out of action (recently lost out in a 1917 machine gun contest because of a separation we could not remove). " Blowing up" is rarely the issue with headspace, but blow-back, splits, separations sure can be....
Besides, "old" isn't the issue--condition IS the issue. I regularly shoot a Swedish Mauser dated 1898 with hand loads, Czech VZ's from the 1930's, and a variety of Mauser 1898 actions, with no issues. SOME believe "older is better"
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