French .351 W.S.L


#21

For those interested in acquiring an 8x35 Ribeyrolle cartridge my understanding is they are very easy to fake, and most are fakes, so beware & be careful.


#22

How would you tell??? I’m sure MINE is real, all the others must be fake;)
Seriously Pete, is there a “tell” on the fakes or real ones? PM me if you don’t want to post the answer.


#23

from what I’ve read, Riberoyles weapon had some sort of delayed blowback action, although Huon in his book on French self-loading rifles does not provide any further details


#24

The Balle D projectile of the 8x35mm was not that much heavier that that of the parent .351 WSL. So a blowback action would not be too far fetched.


#25

If the pictured arm had some form of delayed blowback mechanism my uneasiness would be allayed a good bit. But as a straight blowback it ain’t gonna work for long unless it has a bolt as heavy as the .351 Winchester had, remembering that most of the Winchester’s pudgy fore-end comprised a counterweight attached to the bolt proper. Even in blowbacks there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Jack