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As you can see, the rounds had to be loaded in a clip (yes, a clip, I said clip, it is a clip). I had no such clip. Nor did I have any 6.5 Carcano ammo. Or dies and bullet moulds for 6.5 Carcano.
I took it, because free, and took it home. Put it in the safe. Looked at at, researched it, and decided to fill the barrel and hang it on the wall in the shop. I should have done that. It had been given away three times without anyone loading a round. That might have been a clue. Instead, after telling another friend about it, he said he wanted it, wanted to shoot it, because history and WWII. I gave it to him.
He hates me now and thinks me evil.
He bought ammo. Some WWII Italian surplus, some newer commercial. He bought dies and a bullet mould. Started reloading for it. Invited me to the range. At 25 yards, the purchased ammo would mostly stay on a paper plate. The reloaded stuff would tumble and keyhole. The trigger did not help, nor did the sights. Best effort by shooters that have some skill with rifles, bedded into sandbags and working at bringing the trigger back smoothly resulted in targets that made us laugh.
It sucked. As a test, I cut off some of the cast bullets, making them both lighter and shorter. At least they stopped keyholing. So he milled down the mould and reattached the sprue plate, so he could make a shorter bullet. Paper patching was tried. Different powders and recipes. We stopped before we got to moonlight sacrifices and runes.
Time was spent. The Carcano became one of the guns he kept taking to the range, always hoping that this time was the time, the problems would be solved. It wasn't hard to shoot, it was a lot like an M-1 carbine in size and recoil, so "one more try" became the mantra. In time and money, he could have bought a nice used rifle in some common caliber and been happily reloading and shooting. Instead, he was trapped, frustrated, but not quite willing to give up.
Finally he gave up. He still has it. It lurks. I think he thinks about what else he could try. Maybe he thinks about convincing me to take it back.
I had never really questioned the Warren Commission report until I shot this Carcano.
What a piece of junk.