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Would or does a model 43 Spanish Mauser have a "J" .218"or "JS"

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Would or does a model 43 Spanish Mauser have a "J" .218"or "JS"

#1 Post by S.B. » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:02 pm

.223" bore diameter? Also. does the S stand for sporter in Mausers?
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Re: Would or does a model 43 Spanish Mauser have a "J" .218"or "JS"

#2 Post by RWS » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:59 am

Hi, Steve:

I think you fat-fingered your first digit and typed a "2" when you actually meant a "3".

For what it's worth, I've had two M43's over the years. Both were .323" bores. I believe Germany changed over from the .318" bore to the .323" bores in 1905 so most rifles with .318 bores (except for German hunting rifles) pre-date WW1. The original .318" J-bore bullets were round-nose profile. When they changed over to .323" bores they also changed the bullet to a Spitzer profile, which is what the "S" stands for.

All the M43's were manufactured from 1943-1957 so it's highly doubtful that a .318" M43 ever existed. M43 is shorthand for Model of 1943.

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Re: Would or does a model 43 Spanish Mauser have a "J" .218"or "JS"

#3 Post by slowbob2 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:21 am

The German military never used a .318 groove bore on any military rifle , they had a .321 bore with a .3188 dia bore riding bullet [ P-88 ammo ] . They changed to a .323 bore in 1896 1/2 [ Z bore ] and used both the .3188 rn bullet and the .321 Spitzer [ S ammo ] bullets at the same time , until they standardized with the S ammo in 1911 . Old stocks of P-88 ammo were used by reserves until the end of WWI . There was Never a model 98 Military Mauser made with a .318 bore . Civilian sporting rifle Did use a .317 -.318 bore with .3158 dia ammo . So to answer the question , no there was never a .318 M-43 .

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Re: Would or does a model 43 Spanish Mauser have a "J" .218"or "JS"

#4 Post by S.B. » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:53 pm

Thanks, that helps. Appreciate all the help. I didn't want to start reloading and have to buy other supplies. Just recently bought a 7.92x57 mm and a 7.7 Jap trim dies and sized some 30.06 cases to make up some of both. Suppose I could slug my bore but, seems like another chore?
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