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by jbaum
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: reloading for semi-auto mg53
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: reloading for semi-auto mg53

If you already have 42 and 45 grain loads, why not make a belt with 43 and 44? Mark each belt, and listen to the gun run when you shoot them. The gun will tell you when you get the right amount of powder, as it will run with a cadence that isn't there with too little powder, and doesn't run any bett...
by jbaum
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

Reminds me of an old saying:

Technically it's possible to have a mule climb a ladder. But it ain't gonna happen.

I hereby officially give up. I've tried several times, and it just isn't working.
by jbaum
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

messerschmittfan is absolutely correct. With that much of the chamber missing, I'm surprised the first three shots didn't blow too. Looks like that barrel is scrap. Where did you get it? As I too have said before, messerschmittfan is absolutely correct. This problems is caused by the back of the ch...
by jbaum
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

It is a very simple measurement Actually, it isn't. There are two different ways to measure headspace, one for rimmed cartridges, one for rimless. The methods for measuring each are quite different, as they measure different dimensions of the chamber/bolt area. You're shooting a rimless cartridge, ...
by jbaum
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

hakentt wrote:Can't find anything about headspace, bunch of worthless threads come up. Can you please do the same check I did and report here?


REPORT: I guess I did the check with the same amount of ambition you did. I can't find anything but a bunch of worthless threads either.
by jbaum
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

Headspace is not measured by the gap between the bolt face and chamber face. That measurement is only indirectly related to headspace. I wrote a detailed explanation of properly checking headspace on the 42 on here years ago. Do a search.
by jbaum
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

messerschmittfan is absolutely correct. With that much of the chamber missing, I'm surprised the first three shots didn't blow too. Looks like that barrel is scrap. Where did you get it? At the gun show. The cut seems to be factory, have you ever seen mg3 barrel like that? What is your opinion on m...
by jbaum
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 33
Views: 368

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

messerschmittfan is absolutely correct. With that much of the chamber missing, I'm surprised the first three shots didn't blow too. Looks like that barrel is scrap. Where did you get it?
by jbaum
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).
Replies: 265
Views: 37100

Re: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).

They're very dependable when you do it right. Welcome back. :)
by jbaum
Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 52
Views: 757

Re: Help with Build

If you're getting an MG3 buffer, you'll need a stock that isn't Yugo, too.
by jbaum
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

The recoil spring Is supposed to reach from the rear of the receiver to the front edge of the feed tray, according to the manual. They can be longer, that is the shortest it's supposed to be.
by jbaum
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

Since the MG3 is still being made, having a valid, factory set of specs for the receiver isn't going to happen. Lots of people have spent time measuring their receivers, and several posts have been on here showing drawings with dimensions. Whether or not they're correct is anyone's guess. The recoil...
by jbaum
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

I've never seen anything about barrel bearing length in the manuals, and don't know how closely matched the Yugo version is compared to the German.
by jbaum
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: WTB 7.62x51 Ammo Can and Demiled Barrel
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: WTB 7.62x51 Ammo Can and Demiled Barrel

Did BRP sell all those can they had"

Watch gunbroker or here for a .308 barrel. They're around. I sold my last one I wanted to sell at the Rockford reenactment last fall. Ebay has had barrels too, but usually at an outrageous price.
by jbaum
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

FMJ ammo is not required. The gun doesn't know if the bullet tip is hollow or pointed. If I'm shooting 8mm Mauser, I use reloads since it's cheaper than factory, and I don't trust surplus. The initial quality of manufacture is usually a known thing, but how long and how well it's been stored is a bi...
by jbaum
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

They're fun when they run right. I've had my MG42 for 20 years, and have not experienced any problems getting it to run well. I don't run 40 year old junk ammunition in it either, so you may well have spotted the reason for one gun to run poorly (the full auto), and another to run well (the semi). B...
by jbaum
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Will a MG! feed tray work with MG3 topcover?
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Will a MG! feed tray work with MG3 topcover?

Did you mean MG1(one) feed tray instead of MG!(exclamation point) ?
by jbaum
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

I don't do the semi 42s, so it may well be worth more. Gunbroker would be a good place to watch to see what the latest selling prices are. For a full auto, it's around $40,000.
by jbaum
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 411

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

hakentt wrote:
Sw1ngK1ng wrote:What do you think a quality home built mg53 with a nice finish would go for with no extras?


$800


Well, that's the hakentt that we all remember.

$3,000 would be closer to reality.
by jbaum
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: German
Topic: MG08/15
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: MG08/15

The single best operating manual for the MG 08/15 would be HDv 368. There is also a parts book with everything listed and named, and a very well illustrated picture book. See www.Germanmanuals.com for details and pictures of each.

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