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Remington Rolling Block 7x57

I recently acquired a 1901 Remington Rolling Block 7 mm.  This is supposed to be the 7x57, BUT maybe not exactly.  This model was built for several nations armies, and this rifle has a bayonet lug.  I have read that this model MAY have excessive headspace and require modified brass for loading safely and shooting.  Other sources say they fire standard sized 7x57 ammo.  I took the gun to a local gunsmith who superficially looked it over, said it looked very good and safe to fire, but did not specifically measure headspace even though  that was my specific question.  I do know that this gun should be loaded with cast bullets and at much lower pressure (velocity) than modern 7x57 weapons.  I have read about methods of neck sizing with a .30 caliber die, then partially neck sizing only with the 7x57 die to create a false shoulder, loading the ammo and firing to produce fire-formed brass to then be loaded for this gun.  This process is described as being hard on case necks, requiring frequent annealing of the necks.  One source also indicated that this neck sizing requires a neck sizing die while others imply that it can be done with a regular die so long as you do not size the entire case.  This whole process seems like more than I may want to tackle, but I hate to give up without trying.  I already have 7x57 reloading dies and brass as I have loaded (much hotter) ammo for a Ruger #1 in this caliber for years.  I may not ever shoot this gun a lot, but would really like to shoot enough to determine point of aim and to kill a deer with it.  The rear sight is a ramp for elevation which also can be raised for greater distances.  There are numbers on the left side of the ramp from 1 through 5, and on the elevated portion from 6 through 19.  I wondered if this represented ranges from 100 to 1900 yards?  Any reliable help with info about safely shooting this gun would be appreciated.

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I personally think that your

I personally think that your gunsmith should of done a chamber cast of the chamber and then determine just exactly what it is and then he should of also checked the headspace once the exact cartridge was determined. 

If it is indeed a 7x57 with proper headspace then you should be able to fire mild reloads in it to fireform the brass for the chamber for this rifle.  If it came down to having to go through steps and fireforming to get proper brass for it I would just make it a wall hanger.  And I am a person that likes to play around with wildcat cartriges. 

 

Once it is determined just what it is you can reload jacket bullets for it but just keep the loads on the milder side mostly because of its age.  I believe that you are correct on the sights.

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