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    Posted: Jan 10 2018 at 9:54am
I picked up a 256 Ferret recently.  It had a 30 carbine magazine, so I found the correct magazine online and just got that.  Picked up the last bag of new brass in existence apparently at a local gun show.  Hoping to reload some rounds this weekend with Sierra 87 grain SPT.
 
Gun is in mint condition with optional front and rear sights.  I'm still trying to figure out what year it is.  Serial # is 464XXX
 
Hoping to load ammo this weekend and shoot within next two weeks.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote New2brass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 10 2018 at 11:01am
welcome to the forums! I am guessing the barrel is not marked with a date or new made.
6 digit if USGI is an Inland from early to mid 43. It would of originally had an Inland dated barrel as such.
 
 There are a few threads on different calibers also in newsworthy section there are some old advertisements for some of the calibers. I personally know very little about them.
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It sounds like you have a later Universal. Possibly Model 1256 or maybe a Model 2560. They were sold in the late 70's early 80's time frame. Here's a link to more info on Universal's 256 Ferret.

http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_Universal256.html
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It says "256 Ferret" on action. It is a Universal Firearms.
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Any chance you could post some pictures? I'd be interested in the optional front and rear sights and how the scope is mounted. Also, does it have the ventilated metal hand guard? Thank's for sharing!
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It does have the perforated metal handguard.  It does not have a scope mounted, but it looks to have 4 holes drilled in side of action to allow for a side mount.
 
I will get some pics of both sites and those 4 holes.  It won't be until this weekend, though.
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