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Old September 27, 2004, 11:03 PM   #2
Jim Watson
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It is an 1891 Argentine Mauser, originally made in 7.65x53, same caliber as Belgium used for many years. Cartridge size is similar to but NOT interchangeable with 7.62 NATO.

Sounds like somebody put a cheap 7.62 Commie barrel on it with no other work to make it handle the round properly. Numrich used to sell kits for later model Mausers but I don't recall they ever did a '91

I think your brother got gypped.
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