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Type-66 Siamese Mauser

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Type 42/66 Siamese Mauser


The Siamese is one of my favorite rifles. Unfortunately, too many of them have been sporterized and it is getting harder and harder to find one unmolested. Even I have one (already desecrated) that his been converted to .45-70 (click here).  A pristine example like this is a very beautiful thing to behold.

The Siamese in unique among mausers for its design in handling a rimmed cartridge. This is why these are often converted to other rimmed rounds like .45-70 or .30-40 Krag. In fact, when shooting this rifle, I use .45-70 (and 8x56R) converted cases. Either turning the rim diameter of the case or opening up the bolt face is required, since neither case has the same rim diameter as the original 8x52R round.

Reloading: has already converted .45-70 cases has the dies (8x52R)

I use standard 180gr .323 8mm bullets

Load data for 7.62x54R (or if you have it, the finnish wildcat round that uses the 7.62x54R case necked up to 8mm. I think the Vihtavouri powder manual lists this.) should be appropriate. Start at minimum loads. Work up slowly.


Above, notice the trap door in the butt. Right above, notice the grip reinforcement tangs (often discarded when sporterizing) and the release on the triggerguard for the mag floorplate. (also a desirable feature for a sporting rifle.). Right. Notice the side of the sight base, it is milled down and the characters originally there cut in half. The sight bases were modified when the rifles were modified to the then newer 8x52R round.

Below: The characteristic sliding action cover in the close and open positions. The handle on the side lift slighting to unlock from the detent in the reciever that prevents it from sliding on its own.

20 Jan 2006 19:24