IOF 315 rifle and cartridge

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Re: IOF 315 rifle and cartridge

Post by riflemarksman » Mon May 18, 2020 6:50 pm

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I would not recommend buying the IOF .315 Rifle.
The Quality is not the same as it was 7+ years earlier.
It is an excellent Cartridge/Bore.
There are however issues with the IOF Rifle (Bolt, Feeding, Ejection, Magazine etc.).
The famous Lakhpat Singh Rawat has shot numerous Man Eaters with this Rifle.
He has killed 51 Man-Eaters (49 Leopards and 2 Tigers).
Even most Gun Shops have stopped selling the IOF 315 Rifle, as there were frequent complaints from the Buyers.
I personally love the .315 Cartridge, it is heavier than the 30.06, but has lesser Velocity (Ft./S) and Energy (Ft. Lbf).

I think the .315 rifle bridges the gap between a 12 bore slug and a .30-06 iof rifle.... I think the low velocity and heavy bullet has its advantages like ........the lesser velocity means more barrel life it has less recoil.... the cost of the rifle is far less than the iof 30-06 .......a good gunsmith can rectify the problems in a newly purchased rifle...

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Re: IOF 315 rifle and cartridge

Post by Timnorris » Wed May 20, 2020 3:13 pm

Yes I agree with you and although they have increased the price it is still the cheapest big bore rifle one can buy in India. Somebody was saying that it is the top selling Indian rifle.

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Re: IOF 315 rifle and cartridge

Post by Vikram » Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:27 pm

The Austro-Hungarian 8×50mmR Mannlicher or 8×50mmR M93 AKA .315 IOF. Found by ElJefe in a local gun shop in Australia.
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Re: IOF 315 rifle and cartridge

Post by shooter50 » Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:56 pm

It is a most underrated cartridge. That long 244 grain bullet has great penetration, better than a 150/180 grain 3006 in my opinion. The earlier IOF versions were based on the MK3 303 rifles. With a better stock and little gunsmithing work, it is great value for money.
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Re: IOF 315 rifle and cartridge

Post by timmy » Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:27 am

Agreed! The old SMLE action is very smooth and fast operating, and more than strong enough for what it's called to do. For shooting wihtout a scope, the big heavy bullet offers a lot of penetration.
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