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30.43 cal.
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steve19438    Posted 11-27-2004 at 10:21:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my brother was at a auction and a rifle of this cal. sold for 8000.00. he thinks it was german. anybody know of such a rifle??????

RN    Posted 11-27-2004 at 16:56:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
German 43 cal/11mm mauser 'A' cartridge for model 1871, 71/84 mauser military rifle was basic case for reduced bore sporting cartridges in drillings and single shot rifles. 30.43 could then be .30 caliber bullet in .43 cal case- english terms, sort of like 7/308 being 7 mm bullet in 308 case. 30.43 possible .30 bullet in 43mm case length? this would be about the length of early 1900s Mauser 'short' cartridge, short action- what would be used for something like .223 or 22/250 cased cartridge. I would expect metric designation-7.62x43 for german gewehr, but english terms common for sporting arms- especially for rifles made for export market. Was this a single shot rifle with falling block or Martini type action? Small bolt action? Your terms are close , but not the exact proper terms I would expect from a german rifle, close to english pattern terms for a couple possibile cartridges. RN.

steve19438    Posted 11-27-2004 at 17:12:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
unfortunately i got the info 2nd hand from my brother's son. the rifle was a bolt action, other than that no other info is available.

RN    Posted 11-27-2004 at 17:23:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bolt action? Best guess -probably a short action Mauser, rimless cartridge case length 43mm with .30 cal bullet. 1890's to 1940s production action with custom stock and a bit of fancy gunsmith work/engraving. High grade work pre-war would get a high price at auction. RN

steve19438    Posted 11-28-2004 at 04:30:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for the info!!!

MikeT    Posted 11-27-2004 at 16:35:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to deer hunt with a 30-40 side loading Kraig rifle. Son-of-a-gun kicked like a mule being castrated!

deadcarp    Posted 11-27-2004 at 12:07:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
nope - i had a 30/45 - lever winchester i think, octagon barrel. if it as a yankee gun might be 30 calider with 43 grains of black powder. sounds about like a big deer gun.

Hawk    Posted 11-27-2004 at 10:34:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
i found this and i`ll do a further search.

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