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    Big problem with my Spanish M43 Mauser, Help!

    So, my M43 has a big problem. It's the one I just put a new firing pin spring in on another recent post. Yesterday I got it all cleaned and lubed up for the range when the weather clears up. Decided for the hell of it to check headspace. It closed on a field gauge! Crap! I checked the headspace when I first bought it a couple of years ago and it passed on a field gauge. I have only fired about 300 rounds through it, the first 30 rounds was the hot Turkish stuff, maybe that did it in.

    This really bums me out. It is my second most accurate Military bolt rifle behind my 03A3 and very fun to shoot. Also my only 8mm Mauser. The bolt is a bit loose with a little side play. Either the bolt or the receiver is worn out, maybe both. It is a matching numbers bolt to the receiver.

    What are my options here? Buy another bolt and try it out? Is this maybe fixable by a good gunsmith? Or is it a wall hanger now?

    I really like this Mauser and would like to save it.

    Thanks for any input, Scott
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    No thoughts, ideas? I won't be offended, I promise. Lol
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    Do you reload? If so just don't bump the shoulder back as far and you can effectively set the headspace back to near zero with those reloads. Might be lucky and find a bolt that brings it back into headspace but the normal fix is set the barrel back one thread and rechamber/headspace. I've never had it done, but nickle/hard chrome plating the bolt can add a little bit of metal back onto the lugs and bolt face which might bring it back within spec. I'd have a place familiar with guns do it and not an automotive bumper place who wouldn't worry about making parts brittle.

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    Never thought of hard chrome plating it. I'll have to look into that. Thanks!
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    A good gunsmith could remove the barrel, cut one more turn in the threads, then replace and re-headspace it. It wouldn't be cheap but it's doable.

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    ^^^^^^^ what he says here or replace the barrel it is your only option i would just retime the barrel and rheem to headspace.

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