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FORSTER HEADSPACE GAUGE 1.779" GO, 6.5x55 MAUSER
Improper headspace may be dangerous to the shooter as well as an impairment to accuracy. The proper use of a Headspace Gage is the most reliable way to test the length of a rifle chamber. Forster Headspace Gages are made to exacting manufacturing standards to ensure accurate testing of your rifle's chamber.
Forster offers three lengths of headspace gages per rifle caliber. In order from the shortest to longest, they are: GO, NO-GO and FIELD:
- GO: Corresponds to the minimum chamber dimensions. If a rifle closes on a GO gage, the chamber will accept ammunition that is made to SAAMI’s maximum specifications. The GO gage is essential for checking a newly-reamed chamber in order to ensure a tight, accurate and safe chamber that will accept SAAMI maximum ammo. Although the GO gage is necessary for a gunsmith or armorer, it usually has fewer applications for the collector or surplus firearms purchaser.
- NO-GO: Corresponds to the maximum headspace recommended for gunsmiths chambering new firearms. This is NOT a SAAMI-maximum measurement. If a rifle closes on a NO-GO gage, it may still be within SAAMI specifications or it may have excessive headspace. To determine if there is excessive headspace, the chamber should then be checked with a FIELD gage. The NO-GO gage is essential for checking a newly-reamed chamber in order to ensure a tight and accurate chamber.
- FIELD: Corresponds to the longest safe headspace. If a rifle closes on a FIELD gage, its chamber is dangerously close to, or longer than, SAAMI’s specified maximum chamber size. If chamber headspace is excessive, the gun should be taken out of service until it has been inspected and repaired by a competent gunsmith. FIELD gages are slightly shorter than the SAAMI maximum in order to give a small safety margin.
Read 1 Reviews - Average Rating: 5 stars
Easier to Use
By Leon G.
on Sep 25, 2018
I got this gauge since I have a number of Swedish Mausers. I have a spare bolt I had modified by turning down the bolt handle. I want to see if I can use this bolt handle with other Swedish Mausers I have.
The instructions recommend removing the bolt's extractor. That is not necessary if you do the following:
1. Remove the magazine floor plate, follower spring and follower.
2. Remove the striker assembly. This is very easy and fast to do with the Swedish Mauser's bolt.
3. From the bottom of the now open magazine, slide the Forster headspace gauge up to engage the extractor in the bolt face, i.e. use the controlled feed to hold the gauge against the bolt.
4. Carefully close the bolt and lock it. With the striker removed, you do not have to apply pressure when closing the bolt - cock on closing - and that gives you the true "feel" of the bolt as it locks.
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