Help for a Swedish mauser rookie


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Dentite
February 3, 2012, 12:29 PM
I have my eye on a 1899 Carl Gustafs that seems to be in decent condition.

The metal is awesome and the wood looks good other than the fingergrooves look overly sanded.

Top handguard does not match the color of the stock.

Not numbers matching but all the metal is nice.

Looking for a cool piece of history and a shooter. As I remember the stock disk has no marks to indicate a compromised bore.

Price is a little less than $300.

I'm going to go look closer at it today but thinking about pulling the trigger. I have $275 in gift cards to this establishment so it's $50 overpriced, etc it probably won't kill the deal for me.

Thoughts? Go for it?

I've been reading and it seems like an okay deal but just looking for some confirmation before I jump.

I do reload but not for 6.5x55 yet.

Thanks,

John

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WayBeau
February 3, 2012, 12:37 PM
If you want it, do it. I love mine. In fact, I love the 6.5x55 cartridge so much, I'm looking to get another one (sporter or modern). You won't be disappointed.

BrocLuno
February 3, 2012, 02:19 PM
Seems reasonable to me :)

Kachok
February 3, 2012, 03:06 PM
Love the 6.5x55, perfect little deer cartrage. It is also a very easy cartrage to reload, I have yet to try a load that shot poorly in my T3.

BullRunBear
February 3, 2012, 03:18 PM
I bet you will love it. I have one from 1904, matching numbers, not much to look at but perfect mechanics. That bolt moves like oil on glass. Light recoil and more accurate than I can shoot the thing. I just use it for paper punching but if I still hunted I wouldn't hesitate to use it on deer at 100 yards with the iron sights.

Jeff

MtnCreek
February 3, 2012, 03:21 PM
Here's a couple of links members here gave me recently; really good info.

http://dutchman.rebooty.com/disc.html
http://forums.gunboards.com/forumdis...Firearms-Forum

Trebor
February 3, 2012, 03:49 PM
If the bore and mechanicals are in good shape, buy it. The Swede Mausers are great rifles and they aren't getting any cheaper. That's not a bad price.

Kachok
February 3, 2012, 03:49 PM
I don't know about your model of mauser, but in a modern action I can push 140gr bullets to 2800fps without pressure signs. That gives me an effective range (over 1800fps and 1000 ft/lbs) of over 600 yd with my SSTs. Further then I ever care to shoot a deer. Step it up to Burger VLD hunting bullets and that range goes past 700!! Not bad for a 120 year old sissy kicker :D

Float Pilot
February 3, 2012, 06:23 PM
If it is a non-matching, non-matching wood, sanded stock m/96 (29 inch barrel) I would be more inclined to think of it as a $275 rifle. There are matching m/96s out there for $350 with matching wood.

303tom
February 3, 2012, 08:54 PM
Less than $300 bucks, I would not let it get away, I have several & I love em..........The 6.5x55 Swede is hard to beat.

Dentite
February 3, 2012, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the great info. I did get it today. I'm still a rookie when it comes to these mil surp rifles. I have a garden variety 91-30, an M39, K31. A mauser was on my list and this was a bit of a spontaneous purchase.

The bore is really nice and I'm more of a shooter than a collector so I decided I can live with the imperfections. Might have to pick up a better example someday.

I'll post some pics when it get it cleaned up.

Thanks!

Dentite
February 7, 2012, 12:15 PM
Yesterday I took my four year old son out for a little .22LR fun. He likes finding brass more than he does shooting haha).

I thought I'd run a few rounds threw my new M96 so before we left I ran a brush and some patches through the bore and off we went.

First round, click. Second, click. Hmmm. I can see a firing pin in there. Gunked up firing pin channel, something broken?

Well I got home and took apart the bolt and I felt stupid...the entire innards of the bolt was caked in cosmoline. The outside looked cleaned but the inside was caked. I was actually glad to see that because to me it means no one has been monkeying around with the bolt anytime recently and I figured once it was cleaned it would work fine.

After cleaning I put a small piece of masking tape on the bolt face and the firing pin punched through it. Looking good so far.

Pulled a bullet (factory round, no dies yet) and dumped the charge and I was able to ignite the primer with no problem in the garage.

So now I want to go shoot it for real!

Some pics:

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06237800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06235800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06250800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06245800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06243800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06239800.jpg

http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06225800.jpg

and my fired primer:
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n507/jschmiddy/M96/DSC06254800.jpg

It's not perfect by any means but on the bright side I have about 5-6 partial Swedish Mausers when you add up the non-matching parts! :D

CB900F
February 7, 2012, 12:27 PM
Dentite;

Congratulations, I'm sure you're going to find that it's one of the better gun purchases you'll ever make. I think so much of the cartridge that I finally had a custom made in the caliber. Mostly because it's almost impossible to find a left handed bolt gun in 6.5 X55. Yeah, I know some have been made, and I know what they are, but go ahead & try to hold yer breath till ya finds one. I don't like turning blue & falling down.

900F

Zor
February 7, 2012, 12:29 PM
I'm thinking about getting one for a sporter project. Yours looks to be a dandy. Thanks for the pics.

Float Pilot
February 7, 2012, 12:34 PM
It is also possible to assemble the m/96 bolt without screwing the bolt shroud (cocking piece) all the way in. If it is one or two turns back it acts like it wants to fire but the firing pin comes up short. I did that to myself during a Mauser match when I decided to clean the bolt innards just before the shooting started...

Dentite
February 7, 2012, 10:46 PM
Thanks guys. And thanks for that info Float Pilot...I can see how that could happen.

MachIVshooter
February 7, 2012, 11:00 PM
A mauser was on my list and this was a bit of a spontaneous purchase.

Well, you certainly picked a good model. The small ring M96 Swede and M93 Spanish are my favorites.

In spite of mismatched parts, it looks like you got a nice rifle at a good price. Enjoy it!

gdesloge
February 7, 2012, 11:06 PM
Nice looking rifle - good find.

BTW - How does one remove the barrel band (in order to remove the stock)?

gd

303tom
February 8, 2012, 12:51 AM
Nice looking rifle - good find.

BTW - How does one remove the barrel band (in order to remove the stock)?

gd
Has a spring lock on the bottom, push it in & slide the band forward..........

gdesloge
February 9, 2012, 03:36 PM
Thanks very much, 303tom -

gd

Float Pilot
February 9, 2012, 10:09 PM
A good tool to have around the shop for dismantlement of Mauser rifles is a plastic tooth-brush handle cut off at an 45 degree angle. Like a little wedge.
It comes in handy for depressing stock band retaining springs while also moving the stock band it the right direction.

303tom
February 9, 2012, 10:40 PM
A good tool to have around the shop for dismantlement of Mauser rifles is a plastic tooth-brush handle cut off at an 45 degree angle. Like a little wedge.
It comes in handy for depressing stock band retaining springs while also moving the stock band it the right direction.
A pair of these are pretty much indispensable to.........

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