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WayBeau
January 4, 2012, 04:48 PM
I have Carl Gustafs Swedish mauser stamped 1918 with all matching serial numbers. It's a great shooter, but it's so darn long that it's impossible to take into the deer woods (where I would really like to take it). I'm thinking of making it into a 'sporter'. If I do this, I'd like to do as much of the work myself as I safely can. My ONLY concern is that I might be destroying a valuable firearm.

Can anyone speak to this? I mean, the ones that I've found online haven't been fetching much in the market place.

If you had this rifle, would you sporterize it? Why or why not?

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Gunnerboy
January 4, 2012, 04:51 PM
Bubba it and my fellow Swedes and I will have to hunt you down and do what ever you did to the rifle to you :D joking aside i personally wouldnt touch one thats all matching and in nice condition they are getting more and more valuble every year.

Ryanxia
January 4, 2012, 04:55 PM
I wouldn't. It's a piece of history, you can easily buy an inexpensive deer rifle and it would probably cost the same as it would to 'spoterize' the mauser.

They may not be super rare now but as time goes on they will be rare pieces. Think of Revolutionary/Civil War firearms that were once in surplus and are now treasured. Obviously not the same thing but still history IMO.

Plus if you buy a new rifle, you'll have 2 :)

AethelstanAegen
January 4, 2012, 04:57 PM
I wouldn't. It might be worth more than you think. That and there are plenty of cheap sportized rifles out there already or rifles designed fort he exact purpose you're looking for...ie we can always make new hunting rifles but the supply of Carl Gustav Swedish Mausers are limited. If you don't want it in it's current state, why not sell it to a collector who would and then buy a rifle tailored for your purpose with the cash?

maskedman504
January 4, 2012, 05:09 PM
I would leave it be and sporterize a Mosin-Nagant.

Ryanxia
January 4, 2012, 05:13 PM
Leave the Nagants alone too! Just buy a new rifle! :)

Nico Testosteros
January 4, 2012, 06:14 PM
I would not sporterize it. I'd get an old .30/30 or something like that for the use you are describing.

aka108
January 4, 2012, 07:46 PM
Don't change it from what it is. If you need a sporter there are plenty of good ones taking up temporary residence in gun shops and pawn shops for decent prices.

BrocLuno
January 4, 2012, 08:23 PM
Keep the one you have and add a second that has already been "sporterized". There are plenty out there that need a new home. It'll be common ammo between the two rifles and you'll have the best of both worlds - mil-surp for playing at the range and a shorter handier version for playing in the woods :)

Besides, it's fun to take a bubba sporter and make it into a really nice game rifle :evil:

highpower
January 4, 2012, 08:42 PM
Lets see: You want to take a $300-400 dollar rifle, spend $200 to make it a $100 rifle. I don't see the sense in that when you can buy a used deer rifle for $200-300.

stan rose
January 4, 2012, 08:45 PM
As BrocLuno has mentioned there are plenty of previously sporterized rifles out there. They range from horribly done to extravagent beauties, and the prices vary as well, but you can easily find one with alot of the work already done for less than $300. Then you can continue to fix it up further, leaving the rifle you have already in its present condition. I have a few of these converted sporters and enjoy shooting them alot, but I could never bring myself to cut up one in original condition.

Clipper
January 4, 2012, 10:35 PM
By the time that rifle makes it to your great grandkids, maybe it'll be worth the same (buying power) money it's worth today, and you will have either had to buy another rifle or just not gone hunting. Enjoy it while you can and do what makes you happy while you can. Those guys who whine about how those $20.00 surplus 1903s are all worth $500.00 seem to forget that a really good paying job back then made $100 a week, too. Besides, I really got a kick from all the groaning and gnashing of teeth when I took a numbers-matching 1942 Tula 91-30 and turned it into a 22" barreled 1.5MOA peep-sighted sporter!

mustangpd
January 4, 2012, 10:40 PM
I agree with the previous posters I too would leave it alone. There are a bunch of good rifles that would work for you

HEAVY METAL 1
January 4, 2012, 10:49 PM
I used mine in the woods of Wisconsin and made my longest offhand shot ever. That long barrel gave me a good sighting plane and a steady aim. I used the Swedish sling I have on it, but still it is a dream to shoot. Please don't chop it. Get a Remchester instead.

WayBeau
January 5, 2012, 09:33 AM
Lets see: You want to take a $300-400 dollar rifle, spend $200 to make it a $100 rifle. I don't see the sense in that when you can buy a used deer rifle for $200-300.

This was the type of response I was really looking for. No, it doesn't make sense to do that and I WON'T be doing that. My whole reason for wanting to sporterize it was because I love the 6.5x55 round and want to use it in the woods. Unfortunately, the woods I hunt are too thick to use such a long rifle. I have a good deer rifle all ready, so it wasn't a necessity, just an idea I was toying with now that my deer season is over. That being said, you all have convinced me to spare the rifle. I just hope I can find a decent sporter job that still needs a little work in my area.

Thanks guys.

I used mine in the woods of Wisconsin and made my longest offhand shot ever. That long barrel gave me a good sighting plane and a steady aim. I used the Swedish sling I have on it, but still it is a dream to shoot. Please don't chop it. Get a Remchester instead.

How long was the shot? If a deer is more than 150 yds from me in teh woods, they're safe thanks to the amount of laurel and underbrush. I'd have to aim at the deer's feet to kill one that close.

303tom
January 5, 2012, 10:52 AM
Are You Nuts !!!!!!!!!!

303tom
January 5, 2012, 11:05 AM
If you want one that is not as long to take to the woods check this out, not a bad price so far....

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=268066112

velocette
January 5, 2012, 11:12 AM
There's a lot of work involved in sporterizing a military rifle. It's a bit more than just cutting off some of the stock and shortening the barrel. New sights must be fabricated or the receiver must be drilled & tapped for scope mount bases. You must find a scope mount / base for your rifle also. The trigger will need some work to make it suitable for hunting purposes.
Back a few (well more than a few) years ago, it was financially feasible to sporterize the $15.00 ~ $30.00 milsurp rifles. Today, the cost is an awful lot more and the milsurps are a huge amount more.
You have received good advice from others here, leave your rifle alone and buy a used sporting rifle to go shoot Bambi's great grandfather.

Roger

C'Thulhu
January 5, 2012, 11:17 AM
No, I wouldn't. However it is yours and your on money, so I won't be preachy. People often attach a historical value to somethin and then ignore the idea that such an item will continue to build history. Just because you change a rifle doesn't mean you erase its history, you simply add another chapter to it.

Moose458
January 5, 2012, 11:19 AM
Basically its your rifle, so do whatever you want. There are only about a million of these floating around, and its not necessary to keep each and every one pristine. I sporterize one of my Swedes, and it turned into my favorite deer rifle. It isn't cheap though, but I'd sure do it again..
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg92/Moose458/257288-R1-14-15.jpg

WayBeau
January 5, 2012, 11:23 AM
Are You Nuts !!!!!!!!!!


Probably.

AethelstanAegen
January 6, 2012, 07:59 PM
WayBeau, thank you for not sporterizing the rifle!

There are new production hunting rifles in 6.5x55 as you seem to really enjoy the cartridge and then you have the best of both worlds.

BrocLuno
January 6, 2012, 11:13 PM
The one right below that one on GB is looking pretty good :)

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=268351160

HEAVY METAL 1
January 8, 2012, 01:49 AM
xxx

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