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6.5x50 Japanese Rifle

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Graff & Sons has ammo and brass for that. Be sure to use expanding bullets. Be carefull if you meet a WWII vet in the woods as he might shoot you in a flash-back :cheers:

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My guess is it is a Type38 Arisaka. I have a couple of them. But I need a stock for one as the tip is rotted out.

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My father who is 87 (and has not shot a gun in years) still have several Arisaka rifles. He used to convert them to 65/308 SOUPER. After the war he says that you could get them for less than $5.00 each. They converted them as you could not get 6.5 Jap brass that was reloadable. Norma made brass several years later, but it was much more expensive than .308 Win. The 65/308 SOUPER wildcat has now become the .260 Remington.

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I have one that was chamber reamed to 257 Roberts. It shoots 6.5x257 Roberts and it is a shooter.

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Before you go to customizing your Arisaka, you should check with someone who could appraise it's value. Some of those WW2 Arisaka are worth a lot of money in original condition. You should be able to find Arisaka collectors on the web. Once you re-chamber or restock or modify in any way it will loose it's collector value.

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Yeah. Don't mess with it if the chrysanthemum on the front receiver ring is still there.

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Before you go to customizing your Arisaka, you should check with someone who could appraise it's value. Some of those WW2 Arisaka are worth a lot of money in original condition. You should be able to find Arisaka collectors on the web. Once you re-chamber or restock or modify in any way it will loose it's collector value.
I agree 100%. In this day and age, I would never cut up/modify a piece of WWII history. The cost of good gunsmithing now days would make it a very expensive gun in the end anyway. At the time, people could get them dirt cheap and labor was affordable. An off the shelf moderately priced hunting rifle is probably better than the best that you could hope for with one of these conversions. In the late 40's and early 50's many guys were time rich and penny poor.

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