Could a break action _ (say a Valmet 412S) in .30-06 be converted to use .30R Blaser brass?
As the .30R Blaser brass is slightly larger/longer than the .30-06 brass, this conversion looks to be dimensionally feasible.
However, the extractor appears (to my non-gunsmith trained mind) a more difficult issue to resolve.
I assume that as the .30-06 is a rimless cartridge, the extractors have a sprung detent that engages the case cannelure.
As the .30R Blaser is a rimmed cartridge the extractor would have to be reworked (or a custom extractor made and fitted).
And perhaps the extractor could also be converted to an ejector (some Valmet 412S double rifles came with ejectors).
Do any forum members know of anyone who has undertaken such modifications to a rimless break action gun?
Might any forum member know of a gunsmith who would be able to undertake such a conversion?
Many thanks to any forum member who takes the time to respond to this post.
As I have never used a break action rifle with a rimless cartridge, perhaps my concern regarding the .30-06 is misplaced, but all the comments Iíve read regarding reloading rimless cartridges in break action guns (especially in cold weather while wearing gloves) have been negative. As these comments are from people with MUCH more experience with break action guns than I have, I assume that these individuals know of what they speak, and that I should head their comments and observations.
Am I worrying about a non-issue, or would quickly reloading a break action .30-06 in cold weather wearing gloves be difficult?