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Old March 9, 2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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1950 FN Colombia Mauser 7.62 Nato

Hi Guys

Can you verify this is what I think it is ?

Im puzzled by turn down bolt, most I have seen are straight
and not sure what wood stock is, or how it should be finished ?

this is the info I have on mine :-
1950 Mauser FN Colombia Information

Barrel Markings front underneath ( BNP + Crown 7.62x51 20 Tons + Crest )
Barrel top behind rear sight ( 19? R 762, 10-58, wine glass symbol? 11? )
Barrel Markings on band under rear sight ( 13 )
Barrel rear right hand side ( S/N 1684 )
Receiver front right hand side ( S/N 1684 )
Receiver front left hand side ( BNP + Crown )
Magazine follower ( 13 )

With link to Pics :-

http://s1258.beta.photobucket.com/us...0Colombia%20FN
Any info appreciated...
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Old March 9, 2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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That's what bolt handles look like after they've been reshaped in forging blocks. Not likely the original configuration. My book says 1950 Columbian should be 30-06 if it's original.
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Old March 9, 2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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It must have been rebarreled.

The markings indicate it is chambered for 7.62x51 NATO.

The original rifle - as identified by the Old Gun Smith - was chambered in 30-06.

The 7.62x51 round was not designed and adopted (which was for the U. S. M14 rifle) until about 1956 or so.

Therefore, the rifle has been re-done. That is probably (I'm speculating here) when the bolt was turned down; that seems to be a later style fad. The straight out handle is more convenient for fast cycling, but tends to get in the way more when carrying. Straight bolt handles also tends to get in the way of mounting a 'scope.
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Old March 9, 2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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I would WAG that the .30-06 barrel was set back & rethreaded/rechambered for the NATO round, when the time for compliance arose.


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Old March 9, 2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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The only "BNP" mark I know is the British Birmingham Nitro Proof, so somehow England was involved. Can you show pictures of the top of the receiver ring and the left side of the action, and the caliber marking?

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Old March 10, 2013, 11:40 AM   #6
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Doesn't/didn't England require re-proofing, for any arms made elsewhere, and then imported into the country (privately or commercially) ?

Maybe that rifle found it's way North - waaaaaay North.



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Old March 10, 2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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Some FN Mausers were barreled or rebarreled at the factory for the 7.62 NATO and sold to Israel. Possibly over runs from previous contracts.

Some FN manufacture Mauser bolts hand a too sharp corner at the left hand lug which caused some to crack at one leg of the split lug. recommended repair was to fit a surplus 98K bolt. Don't know what production range was affected, possibly a later commercial sporter action rather than a military contract.
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Old March 11, 2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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Im puzzled by turn down bolt, most I have seen are straight
and not sure what wood stock is, or how it should be finished ?
Hmm. The bent bolt handle is puzzling, but not the Weaver bases mounted on the receiver? The bolt handle was bent for scope clearance. Pretty crude workmanship, but pretty much standard procedure.
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Barrel Markings front underneath ( BNP + Crown 7.62x51 20 Tons + Crest )
Barrel top behind rear sight ( 19? R 762, 10-58, wine glass symbol? 11?
Those are British proof marks. The OP is in England. No surprise.
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The 7.62x51 round was not designed and adopted (which was for the U. S. M14 rifle) until about 1956 or so.
7.62X51 was originally designed in 1945, designated as T-47 in 1947 for use in the experimental T-25 and T-47 and T-48 rifles, which later evolved into the M-14 rifle. The M-14 was officially adopted in 1959. In 1952, Winchester commercialized the cartridge as the 308 Winchester. The barrel was stamped 10-58. No surprises there either.
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Old March 11, 2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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"Those are British proof marks. The OP is in England. No surprise."

Oh.

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