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Cheddar and Abominog, thank you both. An MG-53 being cheaper was the whole reason for the title of this thread. I want a shooter but a real MG-42 would be sweet.

On a more or less unrelated note my uncle turns 99 today. He was a member of the 66th infantry division. They sailed from England on Christmas eve 1944 in two ships, one of which was torpedoed with 700+ men lost. He won't say a word about his time in the service. That generation is almost completely gone now.

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Cheddar and Abominog, thank you both. An MG-53 being cheaper was the whole reason for the title of this thread. I want a shooter but a real MG-42 would be sweet

Gary
One perspective: both m53 and Mg42 are the same cost and amount of work to restore. All considered, if you can afford the Mg42 might as well do a 42. It will have much better resale as well.
 

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Abominog I agree 100%, I guess one issue with an MG42 is I would want to have it remain as true to the original as possible, while staying out of prison of course :eek:

To me that means not changing the caliber to .308 so I would need to source brass and bullets for ... what, 8x57. That might not be an issue, I just haven't looked. Another plus is I really enjoy reloading. If the MG-42 we've discussed here becomes available I will definitely try to buy it, or if I find another on GB or such.

You build one 1919a4 and suddenly all you want to do is build another belt fed, it's definitely an addiction. The good thing is I need to go off and learn more about what's out there.

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I followed the advice posted here to the letter and my M53 kit from Bowman is now at Lewman’s for a greatly anticipated completion. Now, sourcing 8mm barrels and cheaper ammo was a different story...
 

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I followed the advice posted here to the letter and my M53 kit from Bowman is now at Lewman’s for a greatly anticipated completion. Now, sourcing 8mm barrels and cheaper ammo was a different story...
APEX Gun Parts has new manufacture barrels for the MG42/ M53 in 8MM Mauser..

https://www.apexgunparts.com/machine-guns/light-machine-guns/mg42-53.html

A local shop has sealed cases of Yugoslavian 8MM ammo.

https://www.armslist.com/posts/9936391/colorado-springs-colorado-ammo-for-sale--factory-sealed-surplus-900rds-of-yugo-8mm-mauser-crate-

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I followed the advice posted here to the letter and my M53 kit from Bowman is now at Lewman’️s for a greatly anticipated completion. Now, sourcing 8mm barrels and cheaper ammo was a different story...
APEX Gun Parts has new manufacture barrels for the MG42/ M53 in 8MM Mauser..

https://www.apexgunparts.com/machine-guns/light-machine-guns/mg42-53.html

A local shop has sealed cases of Yugoslavian 8MM ammo.

https://www.armslist.com/posts/9936391/colorado-springs-colorado-ammo-for-sale--factory-sealed-surplus-900rds-of-yugo-8mm-mauser-crate-

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Thanks Richard, great info. I actually saw your thread discussing those barrels just after I made my post.

Also, thanks on the ammo lead.
 

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Thanks Richard, great info. I actually saw your thread discussing those barrels just after I made my post.

Also, thanks on the ammo lead.
SDS only has a couple of cases of the 8MM on the floor at their shop, however, they have a whole lot more if you ask for it.
They also have a few thousand rounds of 7.62 blank and some sealed cases of 7.62X54r.

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