Berthier 8x50mm rifle

Berthier rifle was a “brilliant” design that provided an en bloc alternative to the tube magazine in the 1886 Lebel. It used the same cartridge — three lousy rounds at a time compared to Lebel’s eight, but with much quicker reloading. The opening at the bottom also gave dirt a convenient path into the magazine.

Handloaded 8x50mm Lebel ammunition in a 3-shot clip. Factory ammunition used regular jacketed spitzer bullets.

Looks properly steampunk to me.

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