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Need belt for MG08/15

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Need belt for MG08/15

Postby messerschmittfan » Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:38 pm

Does anyone know where I can get a ammo belt (7.92x57) for a MG08/15? Thanks Harry

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Re: Need belt for MG08/15

Postby amafrank » Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:41 pm

Look for vickers belts, they are out there. You'll likely have to post a want to buy ad on one of the machinegun boardsl like Sturmgewehr.com , Subguns.com, or gunboards.com. The vickers belts were originally made for .303 but 8mm will work in them too. You need to stretch the belts a bit by loading them and letting them sit. Once stretched they work very well. I use them in my maxims with great result. You might be able to find an original 8mm maxim belt but they cost substantially more and aren't something you'd want to use for actual shooting.

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Re: Need belt for MG08/15

Postby 1851NAVY » Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:19 am

Harry - IMA has the aluminum belts that work fine for 8mm in the 08/15. They're not perfect but you can buy a few and pull the old links and replace them - that's what I did.

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Re: Need belt for MG08/15

Postby messerschmittfan » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:42 am

Thanks I will give them a try Harry

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Re: Need belt for MG08/15

Postby flemgunner » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:02 am

Is this the Vickers belt you were referring to?
http://www.ima-usa.com/british-ww2-vick ... -belt.html

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Re: Need belt for MG08/15

Postby amafrank » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:10 am

flemgunner wrote:Is this the Vickers belt you were referring to?
http://www.ima-usa.com/british-ww2-vick ... -belt.html


Nope, thats not the ones. Those are called Stripless belts and were intended to be throwaways. They came preloaded in steel cans with the lids soldered on and once you used them you tossed them. I do know of guys using those belts more than once but they are not very secure....rounds fall out when running, the stitching is poor so they come apart after a bit of use and they don't have the brass strips to hold the belt together or guide the rounds while keeping them from being pushed back out of the pocket. I wouldn't pay $5 for one of those belts but I see the proper brass tabbed belts come up here and there for about the same price.


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