chileno model 1895 mauser

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  1. wthalacker

    wthalacker New Member

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    I did a search on "mauser chileno modelo 1895" and have read several forum postings from numerous sites. I have become more confused after reading some of them. The rifle is stamped with a crest on the upper receiver and has "manufactura loewe berlin" under the mauser portion on the left side of the receiver. The ser # is B6823. The really wierd piece of info is the "NATO 1961" stamp on the rear of the reciever just behind where the loading clip goes. I purchased this gun in 1990 and the dealer who sold it said it was .308 and I have run numerous rounds through it for target practice and hunting. The questions are: What is the original ammo cal? And why did NATO stamp such an old rifle?

    Walt
  2. MRMIKE08075

    MRMIKE08075 Member

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    in 1961 the gun was arsenal converted to .308 NATO...

    it was probable originaly chambered in 7X57MM MAUSER but might also have been original a 7.65 BELGIUM (ARGENTINE) if it was on of the OVS / BOER WAR contract pieces...

    in 1961 CHILE was issuing troops a semiauto battle rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO, so they converted there reserve / 2nd line guns to .7.62 NATO not only for training purposes, but to simplify there TO&E / supply line by having only 1 rifle caliber ammo that would be distributed...

    this is a common practice.

    best regards, mike.
  3. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    I would add that the 308 chamber is soldered in place.
    I would be very careful of what loads I would shoot in it.
    If it hasn't been it should be checked out by a smith.
  4. wthalacker

    wthalacker New Member

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    Thanks to all. The rechambering does make sense when its put into perspective with the time period.
  5. norton m gross

    norton m gross New Member

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    please forgive my telling you this.......
    I before e, except after c!
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