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Old September 27, 2004, 08:20 PM   #1
durt_b1ker
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Mystery Mauser Won't Extract

I've got a gun my brother gave me to look at for him. It is a small bolt action rifle with about a 19" barrel. The barrel has clearly been altered, and it has niether front nor rear sights. A scope mount has been fitted instead. The scope interferes with the safety, which is a lever attached to the rear of the bolt. It's some kind of mauser. It seems to hold 5 rounds of 7.62 x 39, but it is pretty clear that it was meant for a much longer cartridge. 7.62 x 51 fits the magazine much better than the 7.62 x 39. I cleaned and dissassembled it, and everything looks pretty good. It does have some surface rust here and there. I fired it and the brass does not extract. I knocked the brass out and tried cycling a shell through the gun. It stuck too. Out of the gun, the extractor grabs brass like it should. Anyone have any ideas?

For what it's worth, on the receiver it says:

MAUSER MODELO ARGENTINO 1891
MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN E.N.

On the barrel it says:

NOT FOR MIL. SURPLUS AMMO.
7.62 x 39mm
.308 BORE

At the muzzle it says:

8-43
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