vz 52 rifle?
buddy came over at lunch with what we have looked up to be a vz 52 rifle.
he was sold it at a gun show and was told it was 7.62x45 I googled it and see it could be that or the 52/57 and be 7.62x39
the stampins are so light.. i can see the cal stamp that starts with 762 but ironically.. the last 2 digits are near impossible to read!!
now.. as I understand it.. this thing should headspace on the shoulder right? thus iding betweent he 2 calibers should be as simple as dropping a x39 into the chamber and see if it swallows it.. or if the rebated rim coves up at the dege of the chamber / drop in a x45 and see if it sticks way out when seated.
next question / issue.
the small? 10 rnd box mag is odd.
on the back is a rib and the follower has a tab that rides inside this rib.. however it binds.. the rib starts out .. um.. parallel at the base.. and as it nears the top of the mag.. towards the release groove it angles in on one side. is it bent? or made that way?
lastly.. it won't feed. I have 7/62x39 ammo for my sks and we kinda got the magazine working though it is hanging and not feeding well.. still trying to decide if the mag is bent.. in any case.. pulling the bolt back does not strip a cartridge out of the mag and load it.. seems they are setting about 1/8" too low. looking at the top of the mag as it is installed int he well. the top ears are folded over and rounded pretty darn deep.. makes it difficult to load even.. not that the mag is accepting cartridges well anyway.
also.. what is the method of extraction? i hand loaded a x39 with the mag out and bolt open and when I snatcht he bolt open it does not extract the cartridge.. it's got issues evidentally.
he left me the gun as I had to get mack to work.. i was gonna play with the mag a bit and see what's what. perhaps try to test fire it once I had tested the x39 / x45 thing...