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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Type 38 Arisaka

I recently was given a Japanese Arisaka rifle that was my uncle's. The rifle appears to be sporterized, however, I am unsure of the caliber, and whether it was rechambered. It appears to me, that it still has the original barrel.

I plan on taking it to a gunsmith to get the chamber measured.

What might be possible calibers that this might have been chambered for other than the original 6.5 x 50?

What would be the cost to have a chamber measured?

Is 6.5 x 50 ammunition available?

Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 01:54 AM
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Re: Type 38 Arisaka

You can easily buy the original ammo if it is indeed original chamber. This is cheaper than having expensive custom work done on a gun whose value is less than the custom changes. If you just want to use it for sentimental reasons ( your Uncles memory) thats the way to go. If it happens to be some odd rechamber, any ammo can be made up, its not a big issue. Most gunsmiths will do a complete "check-up" for $50 to $75. One important thing is to measure the barrel. The original 38 was the longest rifle used in WWII. The 38 revision that came out with the type 99 was a "cavalry carbine", with a barrel just a tad longer than 19". They are valueable guns in original condition. Let us know what you've got.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 06:12 PM
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Re: Type 38 Arisaka

If it's a Type 38 then it's 6.5 JAP. Norma still makes ammo.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 08:29 PM
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Re: Type 38 Arisaka

Back when I was 18 the first rifle I brought was a Type 38, wish I still had it, I think I paid $45 for it
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 01:39 AM
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Re: Type 38 Arisaka

I believe Hornady also makes 6.5x50mm ammunition, I have
a custom Arisaka Type 38 carbine that I havent shot yet.
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