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Old November 1, 2001, 11:35 PM   #1
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Anybody ever done this?

Ok here's the deal. I've got a nicely sported up type 38 arisaka rifle, calibre 6.5jap. As I was pondering 40 buck a box ammo today I did a little looking. The brass has the same head diameter as .308win. 6.5 is semi-rimmed, .308 not, but the extractor in this particular rifle has no problems with it. Anybody think I can get some dies and make this work?
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Old November 2, 2001, 12:37 AM   #2
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I'm not sure, but the thing may not be able to take the .308 pressures?

My advice would be to learn to handload for the thing...
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Old November 2, 2001, 12:42 AM   #3
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Why not call RCBS to see if they can reccomend something for you. Their custom shop is reported to be one of the best.
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Old November 2, 2001, 02:04 AM   #4
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Generally speaking, and I mean generally, the Arisaka Type 38 action is considered to be one of the strongest ever put into a military bolt action rifle.

I say generally because some of the late war guns were breath-takingly horrible.

Type 38s, and 99s, as well, have been converted to a lot of different calibers over the years, with varying amounts of success. One of the most common was 6.5x257.

Head and rim diameter is actually quite a bit different according to my books -- .455 for the Arisaka to .466 for the .308. Rim diameter is similarly different.

Believe it or not, the .30-40 Krag is actually a LOT closer to the size of the 6.5 Arisaka. Perhaps you could have someone chuck some .30-40s into a lathe and trim the rim for you.

Another possibility is the .35 Remington, but the case is a bit on the short side.

Maybe, in the long run, the best thing in would be for you to retire the Arisaka and get youself a 6.5x55 Swede, and work it over. Another great cartridge.
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