Well that definitely helps. I guess what I'm trying to decide is if it's worth putting the time and effort into it vs could I resell it and make enough to buy a newer hunting rifle that ammo is much more available for.Well, I used to back in the day. 1891's are nice handling rifles. I used to make by brass out of 30-06 brass. You can do this several ways, the easiest is to buy a Redding case forming die (if they still make them). With those, you lube a case and run it into the die. Then you cut the extruded part off with a fine tooth hacksaw. After that, you chamfer the case and anneal it (if you want it to last a few firings.
Now for bullets. The 7.65x 53( or 7.65 Mauser bore takes bullets from .311 to .313. You will have to slug your barrel to find out what it likes to eat.
For loads, I loaded either 10 grains of Red Dot or 16 grains of 2400 which would give me @1500 FPS. The bullet I used was a Lyman 314299 which dropped at 200gns and was very accurate in the 1891.
Hope this helps.
I didn't understand most of that. I just need a decent affordable hunting rifle. I paid $150 for it and it seems to function fine as far as I can tell. Prvi ammo seems decent enough, but expensive (but what isn't these days?)The Questions for yourself :
Do you like Argentine Rifles on purpose ?
Do you like turn of 20th Century - ish milsurps on purpose ?
Are you looking for hunting as a major parameter ?
Are you a Cosmoline Sniffer ?
If a combination of #2 & #3 , there are better answers . To wit , rifles chambered in ctg with ( non ammo panic ) multiple commercial availablity of hunting ammo . A bunch were imported in 1940s - 70s . A buncha them were sporterized in '40s - '70s .
1st - Any of several 7 x 57 Mausers , of wide ranges of vintages .
2nd - Any of uncountable variations of. 8 x 57 Mausers .
3rd - Any of the usual suspects SMLE in .303 . Downrated to 3rd , only because of prices creeping up . Balllisticly is excellent .
yeah, even though im in my late 30s im new to hunting, i dont trust myself over 50 yards. plus i just watched a video where a guy was shooting at 700 yards with prvi ammo. so if i miss... its not the ammos faultOk then !
Plan B - 7.65 x 53 180 soft point hunting ammo is $ 27 box at SGAmmo .