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M1888 Austrian Mannlicher

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M1888 Austrian Mannlicher

#1 Post by nrobertb » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:24 pm

Here are some pics of my M1888 Austrian Mannlicher. It shoots well with .323 bullets and 3031 powder. Like all Mannlichers it requires a special clip that drops out of the receiver when empty.

In the top photo you can see a small screw at the side of the rear sight. Loosen this, and a volley sight slides out. This is used in conjunction with a spike mounted on the middle barrel band.
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#2 Post by Zeliard » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:20 pm

Have any M.88 clips with markings that aren't on the clip list? :)
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Re: M1888 Austrian Mannlicher

#3 Post by nrobertb » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:21 pm

Well, I lost my only clip so have been single loading. Drat!

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#4 Post by M67 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:26 pm

Beautiful, heavy rifle!
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#5 Post by vandle » Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:21 pm

That rifle looks great. Shame about the clip.
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Re: M1888 Austrian Mannlicher

#6 Post by nrobertb » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:13 pm

I went to the range today (Labor Day) . I thought it might be crowded with deer season coming, but I was the only one on the property.

I hadn't shot the Austrian Mannlicher in quite a while. I was using some new bass I got from the Little Green Man on Gun Broker and it performed admirably. I used 175 gr. .323 spitzers with 3031 powder. Because I don't have a clip, I was single loading.

This is a very accurate rifle and I got a tight group.
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Re: M1888 Austrian Mannlicher

#7 Post by nrobertb » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:31 pm

If you don't have a set of the $80 C4HD dies, I figured out a work around to load this 8x50R caliber, using the much cheaper die sets for 8 mm Mauser and 8x56R.

Since the brass is made from 8x56R, you can use the shellhead holder from this caliber.

I used my universal decapper to get rid of the spent primers, but if you don't have one you could take the decapping rod out of one of the die sets, or use a pin punch, or even a nail with the tip ground to the correct diameter.

If you are going to reuse the brass in the same rifle, there is no need to full length resize it. Instead just tap it in the 8mm Mauser die to resize about 1/16" of the neck, just enough to hold the bullet securely.

Use the 8x56R bullet seating die to seat the .323 bullet.

There you are. No doubt there are other ways to do it, but this worked for me with what I had on hand.

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