Rear locking swedish bolt rifle


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gloriavoxdei
August 25, 2008, 06:55 PM
I was browsing pawn shops the other day when I came accross an unusual rifle chambered in .378 weatherby. It looked like a regular bolt action except that the locking lugs for the bolt were at the rear of the receiver rather than at the front. I found this strange and I was wondering what in the world this rifle is. The only markings I found were a stamp that said made in sweden on the side of the receiver although I did not look all that close. The guy is asking $400.00 for it. So what might it be?

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SDC
August 26, 2008, 09:31 AM
I think we'd need some more info on the way this rifle is put together; are the lugs one-piece with the bolt or with the handle, or are they a pivoting design that fold into and out of the bolt body? The "made in Sweden" stamp may only apply to the barrel, but there aren't really that many rear-locking designs out there. Some pictures would help to nail it down. If it's like most rifles chambered for heavy calibres like this, the original buyer probably fired less than half a box of shells before they decided they didn't want anything else to do with the rifle.

Jim Watson
August 26, 2008, 10:00 AM
The only gun I know that fits the description is the Schultz & Larsen, but they are made in Denmark, not Sweden.

Weatherby used S&L actions for his early .378s because the FN Mauser was not large enough. When the Mk V came out, it was built large enough to handle the .378 and all other Weatherby cartridges and he was not dependent on S&L or FN.

$400 is dirt cheap, IF you can make use of the monster caliber, and IF it was built up by Weatherby and not some nameless small shop. The .378 is basically the .416 Rigby necked down and with a belt added; way more gun than a .375 H&H.

Nukalpiaq
August 7, 2010, 12:49 PM
gloriavoxdei, did you ever buy the .378 Weatherby you were mentioning here on the thread?

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