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THe Italian Manlicher Carcano series of rifles have been given a bad "rap" in the gun press. In reality they were / are compeditive with anything to come out of Europe in the late 19th to early 20th century. They utilize a modified Mauser type bolt (2 fwd lugs and a one peice bolt body) with a Manlicher magazine. The 6.5MM round for which they were chambered, while not a real powerhouse was servicable and very pleasant to shoot. It was always a smokeless powder load, data is available in many current reloading manuals. It is roughly equal to a 30/30 in effectiveness.
As a group, Carcanos are decent shooters, I would recomend always staying with the original cartridge and pressure levels. Normally the metals used were correct for their intended use, perhaps yours is a late war time rifle.
You can load it with black powder but the small bore and fast twist will foul rapidly.

Good Luck and happy blasting
Deo et Libertas in Aeturnum
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