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Old February 22, 2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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Arisaka ammo?

Where can you find it? I found an AMAZING antique/surplus gun shop in Dallas called Jackson Armory and they had some Arisaka's but I'm not going to buy any unless I know I can get ammo for it.
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Old February 22, 2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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Search the net for some hornady ammo. They made a run of a bunch of obsolete and military calibers. I have seen it at Cabelas and some gun shows. If I remember right price was good too. I picked some up for my Arisaka but havent fired it yet.
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Old February 22, 2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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Jap ammo can be hard to find and expensive. Cabelas has Hornady for $23.99, MidwayUSA has Norma for $39.49, and Ammunition To Go occassionally has "unknown" for $20.99. You won't find any surplus ammo and I have never found any good deals on Gunbroker. This is the type of round that needs to be reloaded, I will start doing that soon.
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Old February 22, 2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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Here is the link for Cabelas


http://www.cabelas.com/prod-1/0037464215974a.shtml
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Old February 24, 2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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Which Arisaka? 6.5 or 7.7?
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Old February 24, 2009, 10:22 PM   #6
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No big deal to reload, dies are available and you just use the same bullets you would use in a .303 British in Spitzer form. I tried some of the round nose bullets in a type 99 once, very very accurate but the round nose would not feed at all. So had to go to lighter Spitzers but they shot nearly as well. Brass is available. Some kinds of the brass is expensive, but unless you are gonna go ape, you can keep reloading 50-100 cases for a long time. Well the Norma brass is expensive, the other stuff not so bad.
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Old February 24, 2009, 11:15 PM   #7
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My type 99 Arisaka is extremely accurate. Crappy trigger, but when locked in prone and letting the trigger break as best as I can, I can hit the X ring every time at 100 yards. Hornady does make ammo for this rifle. Brass is also widely available.

I've had very good luck reforming 270 winchester brass to 7.7x58 Arisaka. I load 180 grain remington core-loks over 37-40 grains of H-4895. I'm not sure if any bullet manufacturer makes a long 174 grain military bullet similar to the original loading to achieve the proper OAL. I'm sure seating the rounds longer would help with accuracy as it appears the rifles have long throats designed for the longer bullets (this is also especially true with the 6.5 arisaka). Reducing the "jump" probably would increase accuracy, but in any case, I've attain very impressive groups with standard 180 grain .311"-.312" bullets loaded in the 270 reformed cases. The 270win case necks are not as thick so they do not have as much neck tension, but do not pose nay problem when going with a light taper crimp, or if you prefer, you can crimp at the canulure.
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Old February 25, 2009, 12:24 AM   #8
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priv partisans makes it...

and for reloading the 7.7.... what works best for me is ol' 7.92x57... 8mm mauser brass...
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Old February 27, 2009, 08:41 PM   #9
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what about a 6.5?
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Old February 27, 2009, 10:04 PM   #10
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AFAIK, if you need 6.5 Arisaka, you're stuck with Norma.

(Which means that if the magazine is empty, the rifle is totalled... )
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Old February 28, 2009, 11:17 PM   #11
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For my Brothers Arisaka in 7.7x58, we use a couple old sockets my grandfather made to cut down '06 cases, trim and fire form them, and you are good to go. The rim isn't quite the same size, but they work ok.
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Old March 1, 2009, 04:02 PM   #12
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I found ammo for the 7.7 Arisaka in a number of places.
I have some resized 30-06 ammo that I got for $1 per round from a reloader friend.
I also have some WW2 ammo for display that I got for $1.50 per round that I bought off of gunbroker.
I bought some new at a gunshow for $1 per round (graf cased).
It isn't common but I usually can find some somewhere.
Reloading seems to me to be the way to go with this round if you shoot it in great numbers.
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Old March 1, 2009, 04:11 PM   #13
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No problems getting the ammo.... I own both the 6.5 and the 7.7...

http://www.grafs.com/ammo/164

http://www.grafs.com/ammo/239

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AFAIK, if you need 6.5 Arisaka, you're stuck with Norma.

(Which means that if the magazine is empty, the rifle is totalled... )
Not true... Hornady and PCI as well...
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Old March 1, 2009, 09:02 PM   #14
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Forgot that Hornady was loading it.

Didn't pay attention to PCI: I have a very personal beef with them. I wouldn't buy their ammo if it was a penny a round.
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Old March 2, 2009, 12:20 AM   #15
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I form cases for my 7.7 from 06 cases, have loaded from 125 up to 174 grain bullets in .311 with no problems. Surprisingly 180 grain .308's shoot good too.
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Old March 13, 2009, 12:58 PM   #16
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Ammo is not the problem what you have to watch for is the late war Arisaka's that were made out of pig iron that should never be shot but just hung on the wall ....I went to the Jackson Armory web site and it sure seems they are very proud of a lot of the weapons they have ..$1600.00 for a 98 mauser without a rear sight and the top wood missing is crazy....
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Old March 13, 2009, 07:37 PM   #17
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...what you have to watch for is the late war Arisaka's that were made out of pig iron...
You might be confusing two things: "Last Ditch" Type 99's with potentially iffy heat treat, and "pig iron" training rifles, many of which don't even have locking lugs.

Neither of which would be a good idea to load up with Norma and take to the deer woods...
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Old March 14, 2009, 07:44 PM   #18
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ammo

I use GRAFS brass,in a number of calibers from 6.5 jap 6.5 carcano,7.7 jap,
8 mm lebel,and 7.65 argentina.$39 per 100.
you just have to get as many cat as you can,in between I use midsouthshooters.com for most all my reloading supplies except powder and primers.I bought 50,000primers and have 100 lb of powders.
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Old March 14, 2009, 07:50 PM   #19
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bad ARASAKAS

there are not any bad arasakas,even the last guns were safe.what there were were idiots who could not tell a drill rifle from a combat weapon.I have had them all,the rifles that locked the bolt in thw barrel and the drill rifle with a cast receiver and stub of 6.5 barrel with apiece of cold rold rod for barrel drilled from both ends and not meeting in the middle and since I had them in late 40s early 50s they had not been bubbed.
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