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January 22, 2010, 06:54 AM
Many years ago, 1948, I saw a rifle in the attic of an older gentleman which seemed very odd (the rifle, not him or the attic). Even then the rifle was very old.

It used a cartridge similar in size to a .44-70 and was rimfire. It had the general appearance of a military rifle; much like an M1A, except it was bolt action, single shot.

I have never since seen anything like it.

Does anyone have a lead to where I might start looking for information on large bore, rimfire rifles?

January 22, 2010, 07:52 AM
Look at the Italian and Swiss Vetterli rifles. The Italian Vetterli uses a .41 caliber rimfire cartridge and the Swiss model uses an 11 mm cartridge: It may be the same cartridge as the .41 Swiss. During the 1950s Vetterli rifleas were very cheap and several of my friends hunted with them.



January 22, 2010, 08:22 AM
Not a bolt action, but the Spencer Rifles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_repeating_rifle) used during the civil war used a .56 rimfire cartridge.

January 22, 2010, 01:12 PM
As I try to recall the details it seems the Italian Vetterli might be what it was. The rear sight of the Vetterli is a match for what I saw.

So—I’ll call it mystery solved.

Thanks, guys, you’ve been a big help.