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Thread: Mannlicher 1886/88 Rifle

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    Boolit Master
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    Mannlicher 1886/88 Rifle

    Anyone have and shoot one?????
    I've been keeping an eye out for one for a while.
    Had to find stuff like that here on this rock.
    11mm/1886 black powder, 8mm/1888 smokeless powder, straight pull bolt.

    Does this have the same action as the 1895 Styer straight pull bolt action????

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    Though I can't really help you with the loads, I'd think the 8mm is .318 size and not .323.
    The actions are not the same either, 1895 is different.

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    The 1886 and 1888 have a locking block that drops down from the bolt.....and is not as strong as the rotary bolt/front locking 1895 Straight Pull.

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    That clip look like the one for the 1895.
    Are they the same????

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    That clip look like the one for the 1895.
    Are they the same????
    No. The 11mm cases are larger diameter.

    Dutch

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    I'm guessing those are hard to find.

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    The 1888 and the 1890/1895 rifles all use essentially the same clip. The differences in clip construction only matter if you're a collector. The 1886 uses a larger clip. Both types are not too difficult to find, but a bit spendy. The 1886 and the 1888 use a wedge that cams down into the receiver to lock the bolt compared to the rotating bolt head on the 1890/1895 rifle. The wedge locked rifles are suitable up to about 2000 FPS. I've never heard of anyone loading the later rifles hot enough to cause pressure problems. The real limit from what I've found is that, because of the lack of primary extraction, hotter loads make the rifles more difficult to operate (cases stick). I keep a stock of original ammo like Dutchman posted, that I shoot occasionally through my 1886. It still ignites reliably, although I have about a 50% loss rate on brass from splits.

    Most examples of the 1886/1888 rifles were ridden hard, sold, and then ridden hard again.

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