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I just got chance to get a 6.5 Jap. Arasaka. It is an early production model and has been sporterized. The stock is a manlicher. aluminum block and the barrel is floated to the end of the stock. It has a new Shaw barrel in 260 Rem at 19 in. long. Although it still has the military safty, the trigger has been replaced with a Timney. The checkering on the stock isn't perfect but looks OK. It also has a set of Weaver rings.
What should I offer the guy for this odd little piece?
 

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Odd little piece is right. I wonder why he is selling it??????????

The Arisaka action is pretty strong but I don't know what the pressure limits were for the original 6.5 x 50mm round, but probably somewhere in the 42-45K cup range. I'll bet the pressure ranges on the 260 run a lot higher and it might be a bit too much for that action. You may want to check Steve's Pages to see if he has any pressure data on the 6.5 Japanse round and compare that to the 260......

However, doesn't mean you can't load down a 260 to 6.5x50 ranges - either loading in neat short rifle like that would make a great woods gun.

I wouldn't insult the owner, not a bit, but I would try and find out more about the, ummmm, 'success' of the rebarrel. It's a sporterized mil-surp that has lost any collector value. If it's an individual thing to your liking then go for it. The barrel and gunsmithing to put it together should have run a couple of hundred; trigger, stock and bedding probably near the same, so he might have some $ into it, plus the action (see if he has the original barrel). See what he has to say and go from there; maybe around $2-300, maybe half that. I've seen English factory sport-overs of SMLEs which went for $150 on the 'used' rack which meant the store bought it for less. HTH. Mikey.
 

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The early Arisaka actions were some of the strongest actions ever made. There are accounts of shooters bringing in Ari's complaining of the recoil and not being able to open the bolt, and it turned out that they had rechambered the rifle to 30-06 without noticing that the bore was .264. It should hold the pressure of a .260, but... I would still have it checked out by a gunsmith before buying it. The other proviso is that the Italian M-91 was made for the 6.5 Japanese, and it was not nearly as strong an action. Finally, the safety is a bit of a pain to work on an Arisaka, so it would not be my choice for stalking.
 
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