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Old 03-08-2006, 08:47 PM   #1
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Carbine caliber conversions..?

This was bothering me...was at a gunshow in Pa saturday, saw just 2!!! carbines, both outta my price range Anyway, one was a 6mil Inland, nice looking but converted to 45 Win Mag? Asking price $695.00. First thought, blasphemy...how could they do that?? Wasn't this somewhat common IIRC years back, and did they work? Did the bolt face and mags etc have to be modified? Just curious, TIA
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I recall reading about some kind of modification like that...it seems to me (IIRC) that the magazines would work as is, but as single stack. Also, the recoil was so strong it split the wood stock, so they used a synthetic stock on it. I think it was .45 Win Mag...but I am not 100% sure.
I think they did have to modify the bolt face -- but I don't recall how.
Anyhow....I wouldn't care for one myself. Just my two cents.
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I remember seeing those a few years ago. IIRC, only the bolt face and barrel were modified. The several I saw had the original GI barrels bored out, rechambered and rifled for the .45 WM. It still used standard mags. It would just take a new bolt and barrel to convert it back to .30 cal.
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I wonder if .38Super would be a good caliber choice for the M1. The cartridge was avaliable when it was designed, and could have delivered a better punch even with FMJ rounds.
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There used to be a 357 Mag conversion done.
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M1 Carbine conversions

I have either seen or read about these calibers:
7.62x33; .30 Carb; .257 DRE; 9mm; .45 WinMag; ..45 ACP; 256 WinMag; Johnson Spitfire with .224 bullet; Spitfire with .223 bullet; IAI Spitfire with .223 bullet; .22LR; AutoOrd in .30 Carb and Spitfire with .223 bullet; LRB in both .30 and .22 Spitfire.

I have Carbines in calibers: .257 DRE; 9mm; .45-winMag; Johnson Spitfire in .224; .22LR (unfinished)

Weapons that fire the .30 Carbine. US Govt experemental S&W Mod 10; Ruger Blackhawk; Marlin 62.

Anyone else have any others???
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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Re: M1 Carbine conversions

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Weapons that fire the .30 Carbine. US Govt experemental S&W Mod 10; Ruger Blackhawk; Marlin 62.

Anyone else have any others???
Wasn't there a Hi-Standard-like semiauto pistol called Kimball or something of the kind?

I have an old gun magazine that describes a "mystery" Colt SAA chambered in .30 USC. I believe it had a Bisley grip, too.

Surely TC has chambered Contender barrels in .30 USC at some time or other.

There are .30 USC conversions for AR available. And I think I've seen .30 Carbine chamber adapters for .30/06, .308, and so forth.
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Old 03-09-2006, 01:47 PM   #8
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Taurus had a revolver out awhile back that was chambered in .30 carbine. Was on the "Raging Bull" frame. It was called the "Raging Thirty".
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Weapons that fire the .30 Carbine. US Govt experemental S&W Mod 10; Ruger Blackhawk; Marlin 62. ...
Anyone else have any others???
I have an "AMT Automag III" chambered in the .30 carbine. It is a blast to shoot...literally. Very accurate also. Speaking of which, here is some interesting news for anyone desiring a new Automag III:
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"The Crusader company, the folks that bought out the AMT/Auto mag line up of semi auto pistols should be releasing the original Auto mag 2 as you read this. This is the little semi auto in 22 magnum in 3 barrel lengths. By early '06 they say they will have their Auto mag 3 out which is their 30 carbine semi auto pistol."
http://www.reedercustomguns.com/gunnotes/gunnotes41.htm
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I once restored a carbine that had been converted to .41 mag. It just goes to show the versatility of that little carbine.
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Another weapon that fired the .30 M1 Carbine cartridge was the San Christobel Carbine.
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Another weapon that fired the .30 M1 Carbine cartridge was the San Christobel Carbine.
I heard of that...a weirdo submachinegun that used 30 rnd M-1 Carbine magazine, with two triggers, IIRC. Does anyone know if that was ever used in any war?
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The particular carbine I saw at the show looked as if it had been rebarreled, marked 45 Win mag just behind the front sight. I never realized all the calibers that have been listed were ever done or tried...what about psi and what is the psi of a 30 carbine for comparison? The gun had a wood stock, was not synthetic, even saw stamps and cartouches on it. Still think a M1 carbine SHOULD be 30 carbine as designed!!!
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