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GUNS Magazine September 2012 Digital Edition - Page 34

An interesting and short-lived rifle, the Italian 7.35x51mm Carcano is an easy rifle to shoot. Photo: Holt Bodinson Got a burning question to ask the editor? Contact him at: E-mail: ed@gunsmagazine.com or postal at: GUNS Q&A, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. Due to the volume of mail received, GUNS cannot offer a personal reply. gunsmith to have it checked out and the gunsmith surprised me by telling me it was 7.35mm Carcano. The rifle is dated 1898 and the serial number on the receiver and stock match, but not on the bolt. I’ve never seen any ammo other than the 6.5. What have I got? Can I shoot it or is it just a collector’s item? Harold Weinbaum Jr. Fort Mitchell, Ala. Holt Bodinson wrote about a: the 7.35x51mm Carcano in the December 2008 issue, which is WWII 7.35mm ammo still works but is becoming a collectible. Try handloading with Hornady’s .300" SP (far right). Cases can be purchased from Graf or are easily made from 6.5x52mm cases by sizing and trimming. Photo: Holt Bodinson Q: 7.35mm Carcano I inherited a Carcano; thought it was in 6.5mm and purchased a box of ammo at a gun show. I cycled the ammo through it, just to see if it cycled and it worked fine. Before shooting it I went to a available reprinted for $4 from www. gunsmagazine.com/archives. In a nutshell (and I cheerfully poach from his article), when the 6.5x52mm Carcano proved ineffective as a machinegun round, the Italians decided to neck up the cartridge to 7.35mm (.300"—not .308"!) to give it a little more range and hitting power. The new round still fit the older Mannlicher-style clips and the rifles only needed rebarreling to 7.35 to complete the change. Alas, the changes .223 55-GRAIN BDC DIAL THE EASIEST WAY TO ACCURIZE YOUR AR THE MARK AR™ SERIES FROM LEUPOLD. Available in a variety of models from 1.25-4x20mm to 6-18x40mmAO, models with multiple reticle options, available laser-engraved 55-grain .223 BDC dials, and starting at just $279 MSRP. Other BDC dials available through the Leupold Custom Shop. 1-800-LEUPOLD • LEUPOLD.COM 34 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 2

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