Holy milsurp crap, Batman
A couple months back, one of the largest military surplus outfits since Bannermans shut its doors– SAMCO, leaving a huge cache or rare and hard to find guns, ammo and gear up for grabs. How large? Well the auction inventory ran 475 pages.
While some of their impossible to find vintage ammo in exotic calibers made it to Old West Scrounger such as .303 Kynoch loads, 30-06 Iranian marked with the Shah’s headstamp, and Dog Bone boxed .45 ACP, other items have gone round the world.
The thing is, the reason why a lot of the crap was left over at SAMCO, left to rust away and molder, was that it was just junk. The truth was, in a lot of cases they had already sold the good stuff.
Case in point, Precise Shooter bought a lot of 55 SAMCO Spanish Mausers, and when they got them found they were largely unshootable with bad wood, mismatched parts, cockeyed sights, terrible headspacing, etc.
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All in all, of the 20 7x57mm Mausers and 35 7.62NATO Mausers that I bought, only one 7×57 and two 7.62 rifles did not have some disabling defect which would make it possible for me to sell it – and most had more than one problem (for instance, both dangling rear sights and incorrect headspace were present in almost every 7.62 rifle).
Read more of the horrors here, and be warned about any milsurp that suddenly comes on the market in the coming months!