Hi Zewrge and Phil,
I am going to bring this rifle to my local gunsmith. If we can nail down a definite caliber, AND most importantly determine that it's safe to shoot, I would like to shoot it once. I think friction/heat from firing it would also allow me to clean the barrel once and for all.
Thanks for the kind words! I have been on the lookout for a proper sling, and bayonet for this rifle. I would also like to add an Italian WWI "Lippmann" helmet, too!
This medal is on it's way to me from Italy to complete the grouping of medals my bisnonno earned during the The Great War: