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Latest Addition a Swiss 1889

Discussion in 'Swiss Rifles' started by dogzebra, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. dogzebra

    dogzebra G&G Evangelist

    Well, I made the trek to Simpson's today and managed to pluck what I hope is a decent one from the rack. They sold a bunch of Swiss rifles to Cabela's, so get 'em while they're hot.

    This rifle appears to have been made in 1892. It also came home with a bayonet. Now all I need to do is make up some reloads and take it to the range.

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  2. IIRC, those used a paper patched bullet as the standard. I believe teh PP went away fromthe Swiss army in 1924
     

  3. gandog56

    gandog56 G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Sounds like you already know not to shoot the GP11 stuff through it!
     
  4. Guisan

    Guisan G&G Regular

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    Congrat's on that one, for loads check here...
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    And enjoy shooting it !
     
  5. dogzebra

    dogzebra G&G Evangelist

    I've found few actual recommendations for reloads. Lots and lots of warnings though. Finally I made up some low end 30/40 Krag loads using 180 gr, SP Hornady bullets on top of H335, IMR 4895, and IMR 3031 powders. I didn't bother to trim the 7.5x55 brass back. My COAL was adjusted a little less than the inside of the box magazine.

    I sandbagged the rifle and paper wrapped the action just as a precaution for the first three rounds of different powders. Gas leakage didn't seem to be a problem. I managed to get off half a dozen of rounds before dusk, then I had to pack it in.

    Overall, shooting this m1889 was a very pleasant experience. Recoil was very low. The open sights are better than most give them credit for. This one's trigger has a clean consistant break at 3 1/2 lbs. At 50m it printed a 2'' group, 8'' high. The bore is mirror bright with sharp lands. I wish my chrony was working, I could use it for sure. Next go round I hope to remember my camera...

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