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What is this rifle? quick help...

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by dolphins84te, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. dolphins84te

    dolphins84te Redmond, OR Member

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    Top of receiver has a sword crossed with another item (axe, torch?). Appears to say "cal 7.2" on the left side of receiver (may be 7.4). No other marks other than serial numbers.


  2. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Lower Yakima Valley Well-Known Member

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    I'm certainly no expert but looks like maybe a Spanish Mauser model 1916 short rifle.
  3. tahoe2

    tahoe2 Seattle area, Washington state Member

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    Bazooka is correct; a Spanish 1916 Model short rifle, possibly 1st or 2nd pattern (based on the rear sight) and built on a 1894-95 action and rearsenaled from 7x57 mauser to the 7.62x51 CETME cartridge, which although is the same dimension as 7.62 NATO (308 Win), it is a much lower pressure round (42,000-46,000 vs 54,000-60,000 CUP) and shoots a lighter bullet 115-129 grns. I would not fire the high pressure
    308 Win or 7.62 NATO rounds, 7.62 Spanish (CETME) surplus should still be available somewhere, it will require a diligent search, or you can reload standard 308 at reduced levels. I have two Spanish mausers and I reload at the standard pressure levels for those actions (42,000-46,000 CUP).
    That is a good looking rifle you have there! Congratulations and Good Luck !!

    After further research; if it truly says 7.2? then that is the actual bullet size .284" of a 7mm mauser (or 7x57 mauser), which is what both of my Spanish mauser's are chambered in (original chambering). One of mine is very accurate 2" @ 100 yds and the other about 4" @ 100, and that is with a "half blind" guy behind the trigger! You should have it checked by a GS (gunsmith)
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2014
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