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Spanish 1916 7.62 magazine spacer

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Spanish 1916 7.62 magazine spacer

#1 Post by INGarand » Mon May 18, 2020 8:10 pm

Anyone know where to get a spacer for the magazine of a Spanish 1916 rifle converted to 7.62?

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Re: Spanish 1916 7.62 magazine spacer

#2 Post by 72 usmc » Tue May 19, 2020 10:59 am

The FR 7 is a Spanish mutt and few have parts for sale. You basically find another rifle to buy for parts or find someone that has an FR7 and have them provide pictures so you can make a spacer yourself. Most buy the FR 8 for a better receiver rather than the older metal in the FR 7 receiver. The FR-7 was produced as a modification of the model 1916 into .308. Some think they are somewhat unsafe. I have no idea, never collected any Spanish firearms. Maybe someone is selling one they stripped down on flee bay and within a year or two you may find one. A few years ago Century dumped a bunch, at retail they were around $200. Not many takers. Now, I do not see these at shows, few are into them. I'd try making a spacer out of a hardwood or thick plastic and the ramp angle will be the problem to reproduce. Sort of taper from the follower edge to the ramp. I am not sure how much play or gap is between the follower and the spacer. Someone with an FR rifle can provide some measurements and better photos. The spacer appears to extend from the base of the floor plate to a wee bit above follower at its top position. Look at around 9:00 to 9:30 on this video of the FR8:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRbtMIqx3Bs

I would think that might solve the feeding issue.
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Re: Spanish 1916 7.62 magazine spacer

#3 Post by INGarand » Tue May 19, 2020 3:37 pm

Thanks for the pictures, guess I will have to make a spacer. I happened onto this rifle and tried it out. Knowing the rep for soft steel(which seems to follow the low number 1903 issue) I reloaded some LC cases with 37.6 grns of IMR4895 with a Hornady 150 grn soft point. Off the bench at 100 yards it holds a two inch group. If you can see the crude sights. Also Semper Fi from an old retired First Sergeant.

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Re: Spanish 1916 7.62 magazine spacer

#4 Post by bobvz » Fri May 22, 2020 7:18 pm

You know its a shame that NATO didn't adopt the 7.5x54 French cartridge instead of the 7.62x51. But I'm sure the US called all the shots. The only things required to convert these wonderful old Mausers would have been a re-bore and chamber, plus a different follower. Instead they butchered up the mags, feed rails, installed chamber inserts, and had to add a spacer. It would have been a super way to convert shot/rusted out 7x57's. The 7.5 has superior ballistics at 20k psi lower chamber pressure, fits the mag and rails, and is only 3 mm longer. From a safety standpoint it would have been a great conversion.

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Re: Spanish 1916 7.62 magazine spacer

#5 Post by INGarand » Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:39 pm

Well found an entire magazine trigger guard with the 7.62 spacer installed. Not the hinged type but luckily had a 1903 floorplate that fit. Now the rifle will feed some what. Not the greatest but it does work. Good since the rifle seems to shoot good with reloads. Thanks to everyone that helped with ideas.

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