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Old May 1, 2009, 07:32 AM   #17
Jim Watson
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I thought that might be the case, many Internet Experts worry too much about headspace in a military surplus rifle to be fired with military surplus ammunition. If the headspace is just a little roomy for wartime ammunition in a hot dirty gun, it will likely do ok as you have seen. A gun with battered bolt lugs or action recesses from long use can cause trouble but these rifles did not go to war, they were obsolete by WW I and were mostly used by support troops and over age reservists.

If you are a handloader you can take care to not set the shoulders back on brass that has been fireformed to the chamber and have no excess headspace on the next firing.
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