I have a couple Arisaka actions and a couple decent barrels...one was cut to 18 " by a guy a while back and it was recrowned decently.
I wish it were a little longer but I'm considering putting a truck gun together. Thing is, I'd rather have the rifle chambered in a round I have dies for and the brass is affordable and available. ***anese stuff is neither.
Would you guys advise me reaming an Arisaka barrel to .260 Remington or to 6.5 Swede? (Or other suggestions?)
I'm leaning to the Swede b/c I have at lease 200 empty cases, dies, and other guns in this chambering. But I really don't know if the .260 Remington brass is expensive, easy to find, available, ... or has many loads on the shelf, etc.
Anyones input on this would help.
Right after WWII, there were tons of Arisakas rechambered to use the .257 Roberts case necked up to hold 6.5mm bullets.(6.5X57mm/ "6.5mm Spence Special")This coinversion worked great.
I see no reason at all why you can't use either a 6.5X55 or a .260 Remington reamer on your barrels. Both are bigger in all dimensions than the 6.5X50mm Arisaka, so shoulkd clean up the Arisaka chamber without having to cut anything off the barrel breech section.
Slug your bores. Some Arisaka barrels are as large as.268" in groove diameter. If yours are this big, theHornady 160-grain .268" RN bullet might shoot best.