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    Mauser to 308?

    I have a 1916 Spanish Mauser that was converted to 308 in the 50's.

    Anyone out there with the same rifle or a similar rifle?

    Do you have any feed issues, as in trouble feeding from the magazine?

    Thanks in advance for any real world replies.

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    I have one. I don't have any issues with mine whatsoever. The load I use in mine is as follows: LC milspec case, CCI200 primer, 16.0 gr. 2400 over a Lee C312-155-2R sized .310" (water dropped) seated to 2.725".
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac60 View Post
    I have one. I don't have any issues with mine whatsoever. The load I use in mine is as follows: LC milspec case, CCI200 primer, 16.0 gr. 2400 over a Lee C312-155-2R sized .310" (water dropped) seated to 2.725".
    Mac60- thanks! I am seating to 2.75 17 gr. 2400, C312-185, hard cast, sized .312. Seating is not a problem, the problem is the cartridges leaving the magazine at an extreme angle and hanging up on the sides of the chamber instead of feeding straight into the chamber.

    I am using once-fired commercial FC brass.

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    I have a 1916 also, in .308
    It too had similar feeding issues, until I changed out the magazine follower.
    I don't think the old 7MM follower are the same as the .308 follower.
    The .308 case is just a little wider at the front, and can cause the case to rise up a bit when being pushed forward.
    The follower I have in there now is also cut a little shorter than the follower on a 7mm that I had for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAGS View Post
    I have a 1916 also, in .308
    It too had similar feeding issues, until I changed out the magazine follower.
    I don't think the old 7MM follower are the same as the .308 follower.
    The .308 case is just a little wider at the front, and can cause the case to rise up a bit when being pushed forward.
    The follower I have in there now is also cut a little shorter than the follower on a 7mm that I had for a while.
    Thank you LAGS. The source for the good follower? I like this rifle and wanted a 308 military rifle specifically for cast boolit loads. So yours feed well now? no issues? That is the only Wart keeping me from enjoying this rifle. It appears to be extremely accurate, like boolits on top of each other at 100 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAGS View Post
    I have a 1916 also, in .308
    It too had similar feeding issues, until I changed out the magazine follower.
    I don't think the old 7MM follower are the same as the .308 follower.
    The .308 case is just a little wider at the front, and can cause the case to rise up a bit when being pushed forward.
    The follower I have in there now is also cut a little shorter than the follower on a 7mm that I had for a while.
    Ok LAGS you may be onto something there. He definitely has a problem related to the spring or follower.
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    My rifle feeds well now.
    But it only has problems when you try and feed it slow.
    I got my Follower out at a gun show, but I bet you can find one at Gun parts Corp.
    A friend modified a follower from a Yugo 24/47 for his rifle, and it worked fine.
    But his bolt does not stay open after the last shot.
    Not a problem, just a matter if preference.

    Just another Tid Bit of info.
    I once read in "Gunsmith Kinks 2 " ( I think it was) that a follower from a Springfield 1903 will fit right in a small ring Mauser with no issues.
    So you have plenty of options.
    Last edited by LAGS; 07-14-2019 at 12:44 PM.

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    I need to make a correction to my last post.
    The Extractor on a Springfield 1903 is what will Fit on the Small Ring Mauser.
    I was in Error about it being the magazine follower.
    It still might fit, but since I no longer have a 1903, I can not tell for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAGS View Post
    I need to make a correction to my last post.
    The Extractor on a Springfield 1903 is what will Fit on the Small Ring Mauser.
    I was in Error about it being the magazine follower.
    It still might fit, but since I no longer have a 1903, I can not tell for sure.
    thanks you may have just saved me a heap of trouble.

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    That Yugo Mauser Follower worked out fine.
    I am trying to Post a picture of it, but I am having problems with my Camera and computer.
    I did the modifications to make that follower fit for my friend, and it just happens , the rifle is stored at my house right now.
    But First thing you can try before you buy a new Follower is to try Stretching out your Magazine spring.
    That solves a problem on most Mausers.

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