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    8mm Conversion Kit for 1919a4

    I have stumbled upon a fairly large amount of 8mm ammo for, if my math is correct, 15 cents a round. I remember seeing some 1919's set up for 8mm but I havent been able to find any let alone the conversion kit. Does anyone know where I might find parts?

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    8MM Converstion

    You will only need a few parts, some easier to obtain than others. Booster for 8MM, a front cartridge guide, and the most difficult at this time is the 8MM barrel. 30calmachinegunner can modify a 308 booster and cartridge stop for you, but 8MM barrels are a problem. Lucky#13, a few others, and myself have tried to get a run made without success. Barrel companies do not want small runs. Post a "wanted to buy" thread and possibly obtain one that way.
    I'll patiently re-size and trim brass, re-prime, charge w powder, and seat bullets.

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    I believe the 8mm will use the standard 30-06 booster without any mods needed to it. Search the classified section as I think someone had a 8mm barrel for sale there a couple weeks ago. Not sure if it sold or not. I have one that I picked up last year that I plan on turning down to fit the 1917a1.

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    Watch the FS ads here as they pop up from time to time. That's where I found my 8mm barrel and cartridge guide.

    All you need is the 8mm barrel and 8mm modified cartridge guide, which is usually a modified Izzy .308 guide. That and you'll need a 30-06 booster which works fine with 8mm. I use a 30-06 booster/flash hider (I like the looks of it) for my 8mm setup. You can use Izzy links with 8mm.

    Some of the 8mm barrels work best with Romy 8mm....something to consider depending on the ammo you plan on using.

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    Some barrels, I believe John Mc Quires (sp) were made with a deeper throat to take the yugo 8mm. Someone made them with a hard chromed bore, don't remember who. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    I got mine from Allied Arm. but they are out of business.. Try sarcoinc and gunparts corp.. B2B

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    If it is romanian ammo call Model "1" Sales at 903-546-2087, they had barrels the last time I checked 6 months ago but if it's yugo ammo don't bother because their barrels don't have the deep enough throat to fire yugo safely.

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    Besides, 8mm is still much more scarce (in general) than 7.62x54r which is also about .15-.17 per. and will be around a lot longer. I'd go that route for the conversion You can have it all done with Troy at Barrelxchange.

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    you'll spend more $$ on a 54R conversion. than on a 8mm conversion, as it only requires a barrel and front cart stop..plus maybe a booster as well..if you don't have a 06 opening..to start.. but I'd agree the ammo in the long run is cheaper.. today and usually newer production dates with 54R. vs 8MM.. The other option is to run the Korean 30-06 ammo.. it is getting cheaper as a larger shipment came into the country.. B2B

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    Quote Originally Posted by 240to1919 View Post
    I have stumbled upon a fairly large amount of 8mm ammo for, if my math is correct, 15 cents a round. I remember seeing some 1919's set up for 8mm but I havent been able to find any let alone the conversion kit. Does anyone know where I might find parts?
    x2 on John M. I had mine built by him, and 8mm was the preferred chambering. I have the 30.06 and .308 setups that I got from him at the same time, he may have some options if you need to buy the barrel, stop, etc.

    Where in gods green earth did you find any 8mm at 15 a round? Cheapest I've seen is J&G in Prescott, at 31 cents for Persian berdan corrosive surplus that could be anywhere from the 30s to 50s manufacture. I'm always on the lookout for 8mm, as my M53 and M1919 are both chambered for it currently.

    Glenn in Tucson

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