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Sev89
May 4th, 2012, 01:56 PM
Long story short, I'll be picking up an 1889 Schmidt rubin tomorrow :D With this in mind, would anyone happen to know if anybody still makes commercial loads, or has it fallen into the realm of impossible to find?

coopermania
May 4th, 2012, 02:01 PM
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/60-rds-swiss-mil-75-x-55-ammo.aspx?a=119309

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/rifle-ammo-75x55-swiss

MilsurpDan
May 4th, 2012, 02:34 PM
Long story short, I'll be picking up an 1889 Schmidt rubin tomorrow :D With this in mind, would anyone happen to know if anybody still makes commercial loads, or has it fallen into the realm of impossible to find?

The common 7.5x55 which is fired in the more "modern" swiss rifles like the K31 and 1911 models is easy to find like the above links but the 7.5x53 in the earlier 1889 models is no longer loaded as far as my knowledge goes. I think I remember reading somewhere on the internet that some people resize brass and make their own loads for the 1889 models which is probably your only route

coopermania
May 4th, 2012, 02:42 PM
I am into the books now, I see what you mean Dan. Give me a few minutes. Dan is this the straight rimmed case that looks like a 45/70 ? 7,5 x 53,5R Rubin ?
Sev do you reload ?

MilsurpDan
May 4th, 2012, 02:51 PM
I am into the books now, I see what you mean Dan. Give me a few minutes. Dan is this the straight rimmed case that looks like a 45/70 ? 7,5 x 53,5R Rubin ?
Sev do you reload ?

Yes I believe so. I've never come into contact with the 7.5x53.5 ammuntion and I do not own a swiss M1889 but I found some more information about the cartridge on this website

http://www.swissrifles.com/ammo/index.html#7.5

coopermania
May 4th, 2012, 03:04 PM
This is what i have found, It seems to be a easy fix to get new brass for this rifle.
Also maybe someone has 7.5 once fired brass that is on this fourm

Re: 7.5 x 53.5 ammo and reloading #1 [-]

Ammo for the Model 1889 is pretty much in the "collectible" category now. Hard to find, often pricey, and not necessarily "sure-fire". It's also mercuric primed and cases should not be reloaded.

Modern 7.5x55 cases can be trimmed to 54.5mm and used for the 1889. Use .308" bullets, ordinary 7.5x55 dies, and .30/40 Krag load data.

Be prepared for substantial blow-by with lighter loads of slow powders, thanks to the wide chamber neck designed for paper-patch ammo. Best results are likely with long bullets seated deeply and moderate charges of medium-fast rifle powders like RL-7 and 4198

Sev89
May 4th, 2012, 04:16 PM
I knew I'd have to get into reloading at some point, now I have the perfect excuse to do so! Definitely going the resizing route once I start getting reloading stuff together. I'll be posting pics of the rifle sometime tomorrow :D

coopermania
May 4th, 2012, 04:49 PM
Sounds like a plan, Good Luck, I would be tempted to slug the barrel and see if i could find a inexpensive mold and cast some bullets for it. That would make it cheap to shoot.

Sev89
May 4th, 2012, 10:20 PM
I'll go ahead and ask now, I know nothing when it comes to reloading, what kinda reloading kit should I look for? I've never done it before and I'd like to find something that won't break the bank

coopermania
May 4th, 2012, 10:32 PM
A good investment would be a rcbs rockchucker combo kit is a excellent start.
lower end would be a lee single stage kit. lee dies are reasonable to buy also. You can ask here for used equipment for sale or look online. A good way to start is to buy a beginners loading manual from maybe Lyman or Lee reloading then give it a good read and figure out what you want to spend and go from there. Ask on these fourms for help also.

Sev89
May 5th, 2012, 02:25 PM
Alright, picked the rifle an hour ago, upon taking it apart, I discovered the firing pin is broken, that shouldn't be hard to replace so I won't fret over it. Is there a way to find out when this particular rifle was made? :u

MilsurpDan
May 5th, 2012, 08:41 PM
Alright, picked the rifle an hour ago, upon taking it apart, I discovered the firing pin is broken, that shouldn't be hard to replace so I won't fret over it. Is there a way to find out when this particular rifle was made? :u

Try checking out this website. Scroll down to the bottom of the page with the M1889 rifle section and you should be able to find out the manufacture date based on the serial number. Hope this helps

http://www.radix.net/~bbrown/schmidt_rubin.html#m1889

Sev89
May 6th, 2012, 10:19 AM
As promised, pictures :D

Anybody know what the purpose of the numbers stamped on the underside of the barrel are for? Also, is it normal for these rifles to not have an import mark? I've looked over every inch of it multiple times and I can't find anything.

MilsurpDan
May 6th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Great looking M1889 Sev89!

Sev89
May 7th, 2012, 09:19 AM
Thanks Dan :D

LostSoul
May 7th, 2012, 03:26 PM
Very nice! I want one.

yellowsled
May 7th, 2012, 03:28 PM
thats pretty.