8mm Lebel rifle value

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by DixieLandMan, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

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    I have an 8mm Lebel rifle and would like a little more information about it. On the left side of the receiver are the words MANUFACTURE D'ARMES and underneath that in cursive is the word CHATELLERAULT. Also are the letters and numbers MLE 1886 and M93. On the left side of the barrel it's marked with JH and C and S inside a circle and LE 95677. On the right side of the receiver it is marked MA C1892. The bolt is marked it what looks to be like the letters D737 FT 30773 and AB 63420. I paid $300 for it in 2008. I still shoot it and it shoots true. I shoot both lead nose and jacketed ammo. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

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  2. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    It is the Mle 1886 "Lebel" rifle. It was made at the government arsenal at Chatellerault in 1892, and later modified to incorporate the changes ordered in 1893 (that rifle was not necessarily modified IN 1893, but that was the date the changes - to handle the Balle D bullet - were approved).

    The other markings appear to be various inspection marks, both for the original rifle and the modifications.

    Jim
  3. DixieLandMan

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    Thank you, Jim. This information is really appreciated. I got this rifle in Afghanistan back in 2008.
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    Nice if only it could talk.
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