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The OP almost entirely ignores Civil War and Frontier cartridges, such as the .44 Henry, .44-40 Winchester, .45 Colt, .45-70 Government, .45-90, etc.
Not forgetting the .405 winchester also.
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SKS's are now in the price range of the Ruger Mini-14-30. The Ruger might be a good solution also, but getting 20-30 round mags is going to be a problem now.

People are using CNC machines to make their own AR receivers now too. You can buy a receiver blank and "rent" a CNC machine to make your own. The 1968 gun control law says a person can make their own gun for their own use, but can never sell it.
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30-40 Krag was originally a smokeless round. .303 Brit however, did originally come out as a black powder cartridge, although it went to smokeless after a couple years or so. For some reason, I keep thinking the 7.62x54 Russian has a similar story, although I can't remember for sure.

I like the Moison Nagants. They are reliable, accurate enough, pack a decent wallop, and are as simple as can be. I always thought they were a bit awkward to operate when compared to their contemporaries such as the Enfields, Springfields, and Mausers though.

I'd add the 45/70 to the list. Even though it was obsolete, it was still in use during the Spanish-American War and even soldiered on into ww1 for training purposes stateside.
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45/70, CHAMBERED IN QUITE A FEW RIFLES TODAY!!! From the Ruger#1 to the NEF Handi-Rifle. Older trap doors should use the lower powered ammo due to the weaker actions, but the Revolution by Hornady puts out quite a hammer round. You can hunt all Big Game in North America and even some Dangerous African game with that round. Is almost a match with the .300 Winchester Magnum as far as energy at 100yards. Shots longer than 200 yards suffer with the huge slow moving round. 45-70-500 was >45 caliber, 70 grains of black powder loaded with a 500 grain bullet. Most smokeless powders loads are 300 grain to 500 grain bullets now. Would be a good choice if you need to stop a TANK!!!! Do not discount this older round. It could be used very well if the SHTF.
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How about the 7.5 Swiss Schmidt-Rubin straight pull bolt? it had a long saw tooth bayonette
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Regarding the 6.5x55 Swede... Factory ammunition is readily available from all the major ammo manufactures. There are fine new rifles chambered in this caliber from TIKKA and CZ to name a couple.
There are modern civie bolt guns made in 7.62x54r for that matter. Sako for sure and maybe Tikka.
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We all forgot about the 8mm Lebel! World's first smokeless military round IIRC. My brother-in-law has an old bertier rifle, which for those unfamiliar, is a french rifle that makes a Moison-nagant look state-of-the-art. He lucked out and it turned out that after about 30 years of ammo being unavailable stateside, Prvi is now importing the stuff. The Lebel round is about the goofiest looking thing you've ever seen, tapers so much it almost looks like a funnel. Seems to hit plenty hard though. French used it through two world wars and likely a bit beyond.

As long as we're discussing french rounds, may as well throw the 7.5 MAS in there too.
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Left out the Argentine Mauser, caliber 7.65x53mm (that was first made as the 1891 Argentine, and re-worked as the 1909 Argentine Mauser) but, can be found also as the Belgium Mauser, possibly others.

The Three Line Rifle, aka Mosin Nagant M91, and subsequent models like the revision of 1930
(MN91/30), were made from 1891 through 1986, exceeded 100 million, only to be topped in January 2014 by the AK47 family.

Some of us slug the barrels to determine actual bore diameter, and purchase bullets in .310, .311, & .312. diameter.
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The Three Line Rifle actually won WWII in Russian hands... wearing down the Nazis on the Eastern Front.

Funny thing, that the firearm was built on British lathes & mills, to Whitworth standards,for it's entire production history!
The Soviet Union adopted Metrics, in the 1930 revision M91/30 Series.But, the major change was the
switch from Arshins (28" unit, the pace of a typical 5 foot tall Russian conscript peasant soldier), to the meter, causing new rear sights measured in up to 2000 meters, to be fitted.

My 1901 M91 sights range out to 3200 Arshins.
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I know this is an old tread but thought I might add a correction.

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The 30-40 Krag was the first small bore caliber offered with smokeless powder by Winchester in thier High-Wall single shot in 1893. I do not know if military ammo in the US was loaded with smokeless powders
The 45-70 trap door, as most know was black powder. However in the late 1800s the Army started developing a smokeless load for this rifle.

So it was our (US) first smokeless round. They stopped loading for it as we adopted the Krag 30-40 and started gearing up for the Spanish American war.

We had stock piles of the BP loads in the 45-70 for the Trapdoors that supplemented the Krag, so the smokelss powder load (as was the BP load, were dropped as we concentrated on the 30-40.

The 30 cal Government. was developed in 1903 for the Springfields, (30-03), it used the same 220 gr. RN bullet as the 30-40. As we noticed the success other countries were having with the lighter bullets, we went to the 150 gr (147-149) bullets in 1906, hence, the 30-06.
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I have a Spanish 1916 mauser in 308 I'm looking for an extractor can anyone help.
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I have a Spanish 1916 mauser in 308 I'm looking for an extractor can anyone help.
Try COLLECTORS FIREARMS in Houston, Texas.

www.collectorsfirearms.com

I think you can pull a list of various parts from the net on here.

Just plug in a detailed description of your gun and see what you get?

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Welcome to the Boards Barton.

Any extractor for any model 1893 or 1895 Mauser rifle, Short Rifle or, Carbine will work.
Here is a link to some. You want the one at the bottom of the list #5040: Used Mauser Extractors,
or, new: New Mauser 1893/95 Extractor

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I thought surplus .30 carbine was non-corrosive, can someone clarify?
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I thought surplus .30 carbine was non-corrosive, can someone clarify?
All US made .30 Carbine is non-corrosive. That said, a lot of countries received M1s and M1 carbines after WWII and Korea through lend lease and purchase. Several of these countries manufactured their own ammo so,....Caveat emptor

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Nice post. 7.5x55 Swiss is still plenty available in commercial and surplus ammo. Most of the surplus ammunition left over is from the 60s, 70s, and 80s produced by RUAG in Switzerland. A lot of the surplus is berdan primed, so if you're not stocked up on berdan primers you won't be able to hand load with the cases but some of the later batches were boxer primed brass.

No corrosive primers on the GP11 ammo to the best of my knowledge, but the GP90 ammo used in the earlier Swiss rifles chambered in 7.5x53mm was corrosive (and is pretty much vaporware at this point).
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