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apes
03-26-2010, 11:33 PM
Are the VZ24s that are chambered for 7mm the same rifle as the ones that are chamberd for 8mm ( except for the difference in chambering)?

Mike A
03-27-2010, 8:21 AM
Yes, the VZ24 was a common export rifle to South and Central America in the 1930s in 7x57mm. They may differ in minor details like sling swivel placement, bayonet attachment, and sights, but the basic rifle is identical to the European 8x57mm. Many of the 7x57s are in truly lousy condition due to bad storage in tropical conditions; a good one is a gem, especially if it is marked with the crest of the nation that contracted for it. Many were used in the murderous "Gran Chaco War" of the mid-late '30s that depopulated large parts of Paraguay. So many men were killed that the nation had a huge surplus of women up until the early 1960s.