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Old June 18, 2017, 02:06 AM   #1
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Type 38 project

So i have found a nice type 38 barrel with mum still intact for 60 bucks and been working on finding and piecing back together a original style rifle. I figured i save at least one piece of history for later generations to come.What are some of your guys and gals opinion on doing something like this and once i get done with the project. I will post pics of it to see what everyone thinks of it and yes i understand some people like different guns and styles but i am at that point in the build i having problems finding the little pieces for the rifle but still very interested to complete the build.

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Old June 18, 2017, 02:08 AM   #2
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Here is another pic of the rifle and the stock i bought for it.


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Old June 18, 2017, 08:51 PM   #3
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Good luck, good wood is getting hard to come by. I've been chasing a decent uncut stock for a P17 for 3 years now.
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Old June 18, 2017, 08:54 PM   #4
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Lots of 38s have been parted out over the years, so it will just
take patience to round them up.
If the bore is shootable, go for it.
Stock shown looks clean without having been sanded down.

I'm thinking floorplate assembly, upper tang, tang and stock screws, upper and lower bands, and of course, the bolt.
Recommend you find a complete bolt if possible, rather than putting one together from parts. Less chance of issues with the safety.

Maybe share a pic of the left receiver markings.
Is it a series rifle or a straight Koishikawa?
Put a piece of blue tape over a couple of the serial numbers if you feel the need.

Good hunting, JT
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Old June 18, 2017, 09:22 PM   #5
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I know most good looking wood stock for the type 38 was going for $175+ the one in the pic i payed $117 for stock and hand guard with a few of the metal fixtures still in the stock but it pretty dinged up but its solid and will hold up. Just waiting on that last of my parts to finish this build off. Here is some pics as its coming together just waiting on the cleaning rod, bolt assembly and the rear tang screw.

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Old June 18, 2017, 09:42 PM   #6
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Its a straight Koishikawa. The barrel has at least 85% left on it so it should be a nice shooter for many years to come.


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Old June 19, 2017, 09:46 PM   #7
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Starting to come together nicely!
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Old June 20, 2017, 12:48 AM   #8
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It is hopefully be able to shoot this weekend as long as it checks out with a gunsmith. Plus its one more nice example of the past that being restore sure it not matching but hell its just like a field repaired rifle.
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Old June 20, 2017, 03:27 PM   #9
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Have the barrel slugged while you're at it, so you know what the bore diameter actually is.

Depending on what the bore diameter actually is, you might not be able to easily find jacketed bullets of the proper size. Wide variations in groove diameter have been reported. ALWAYS, ALWAYS wear shooting glasses.

The older manuals usually had this warning. Gas blowback, due to undersize bullets (resulting in insufficient pressure for the case to seal the chamber) was known to happen.

The round is not particularly powerful, driving a 140gr to around 2300fps and a 160gr to about 2000fps from a 19" carbine barrel, with top end loads.

Good Luck with your project!
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Old June 20, 2017, 05:05 PM   #10
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Nice looking project. Good luck bringing it back.

don't you ever wonder why there are bolt-less actions in the world.....
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Old June 20, 2017, 11:27 PM   #11
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44 AMP the bore diameter is 264.5 at the muzzle on my hornaday digital caliper.But i did buy some graf and sons 6.5 ammo for it when i picked up the stock.I will have all the parts for the rifle by tormorrow to send it to a gunsmith for head space checks and a final once over before heading to a range. but i do know about the gas blow back cause my type 99 does the same thing but i have cleaned the chamber out well and it stop but there still gas blow back from the gas vent holes on the top.

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Old June 20, 2017, 11:38 PM   #12
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Doofus i love my bolt action rifle i own 6 of them including a m1 garand which is pure enjoyment at the range cause where i go to shoot everyone is firing ar-15's that are tricked out and i pull my m1 out and hitting the targets they are hitting with there scopes with my iron sights some people dont like that lol.
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Old June 21, 2017, 01:28 PM   #13
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Finally got the last of the parts needed to get it off to my gun smith so well see what happens. couple more pics of it together.

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