Discussion of BPCR rifles and shooting accessories, including range equipment.
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When I think of BPCR, I tend to think in terms of single shots like Sharps, Hiwalls or Rolling Blocks, etc. Many years ago a shooter brought a Mauser 71/84 to one of our buffalo matches. It was loaded with PP and BP. Needless to say I was very impressed. A couple of months ago a gentleman at Angeles range let me shoot his 71/84 at ranges from 300-600 yds. What a treat that was---deadly accurate out to 600 yds with military sights. No wonder France decided not to go to war with Germany when they equipped their army with this rifle. I have since bought a nice specimen of this Mauser chambered in the normal 11.15X60R or known as 43 Mauser. Shooting it with both RCBS GG bullets, and BP loads with PP bullets--I have found it to be remarkably accurate--on par with much more expensive and sophisticated BP rifles. If you ever get the chance to shoot one--beware! You might have to own one.
I know what you mean. In 1962 or so I bought one in near mint condition for the princely sum of $19.95 at National Gun Traders in Miami. They had a bunch of them. They also had original 1880's military ammo in 20 round factory sealed blue boxes for $2.88. It was only 80 years old so it all worked perfectly. I reloaded by prying the primers out with a sharpened nail and seated a new Berdan (88 cents/100?) in a vise. Somewhere along the line that one got away from me and later an 1871 carbine, too. A few years ago I stumbled across another 1871 carbine and I'm back in business again!
Just an update for future information as I just ran across some bullets I had pulled from that 1887 German GI ammo. The bullet was swaged with a dimple base for the twisted tail of the paper, weighed 363 grains and was .439 in diameter. The paper patch brought it up to .443. Under the bullet was a grease wad of about 1/8 inch with a thin card wad on either side.
Any of you guys ever messed with a Mauser 71/84? I found one for sale locally, it appears in great shape, and to me it's a very interesting rifle. I was kinda wondering mainly about value, and any "hints n kinks" that you military rifle buffs might be able to chip in.