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Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by nighthawk, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. nighthawk

    nighthawk PNW Member

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    I have a Type 99 Arisaka, that I believe maybe chambered in 30-06, but I would like to have it checked by a gunsmith to be sure.

    Does anyone know any gunsmiths in the Vancouver area that would be able to do this.

    Thanks
     
  2. cmica

    cmica puy Active Member

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    Try L&L guns

    7702 NE 219th St Ste A, Battle Ground, WA 98604 360-687-6004
    Hours: OPEN WED-FRI 10-5 & SAT 10-4
     
  3. Skier

    Skier Beaverton/Washington County Active Member

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    What make you think its chambered 30.06? Normally they're 7.7x58mm (aka 7.7 Jap). Tactic Ammunition in Saint Helen's, OR sell it for about $30 for a box of 20. Unless this is a replica or has been modified then that's what it should use (I doubt the Japanese would have made 30.06 versions). My dad has had one of these since before I was born and he just gave it to me about a year or two ago. I finally shot it for the first time just a couple months ago and a shot great, though it took a while to figure out where I could get ammo for it. I also bought some ammo for online recently but I forget where I bought it from, so I would have to look it up. It seem like people only make this once in awhile so you have to buy it when they have it. On a side note, I've read that some people reload 30.06 brass for this rifle if they have the dies to modify it just right, as its pretty close to 30.06.
     
  4. nighthawk

    nighthawk PNW Member

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    I ended up taking it to Marcus, at Washougal River Mercantile. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, a .30-06. The magazine and feed ramp have been modified, very nicely I might add. During the Korean war, 125,500 Type 99 rifles were converted to .30-06 under American supervision. I believe mine to be one of these. It chambers a .30-06 round perfectly, silky smooth. It was checked with a headspace go/no-go gauge, and that confirmed my suspicions. I am quite proud to own such a neat piece of history. I can't wait to shoot it, too.
     
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  5. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Did you get a chamber cast made or just run gauges? Without a chamber cast, there isn't a way to know for sure...
     
  6. nighthawk

    nighthawk PNW Member

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    He just ran the gauges. I've put about 26 rounds or so through it, and it shoots fine, although there's some bulging on the brass, but from what I read, that's normal because the Arisaka chamber is slightly larger than a 30-06 case. The bulging isn't really that bad, which leads me to believe the barrel has been set back properly. At 100 yds I'm on the paper too.
     
  7. netcarrier

    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hi Nighthawk,
    Just do a chamber cast and I can show you how. PM me.
    Tony Portland, Oregon