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Just got a Swedish Mauser.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Outlaws, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. Outlaws

    Outlaws Well-Known Member

    Model 1896. Made in 1908. Its got all matching numbers and the 1 checked and the 6.51 checked.

    Overall it has some scratches and a few larger scratches, but against most surplus Mausers it looks great.

    Got it for $300. The guy was asking $350. But I only saw 4 of them at the show, and it was a big show.

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  2. High Planes Drifter

    High Planes Drifter Well-Known Member

    Congrats! I have one myself. Great Rifle. Enjoy!
  3. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    Excellent acquistion. Don't put too much faith in the bore disc. There's no telling how much that barrel has been shot after it was rearsenalled by the Swede armorer that inspected that rifle and marked the disc.

    I still need to get myself the M38. People are just asking more than I want to spend.
  4. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Well-Known Member

    I've been wanting an M38, too, and holding back because prices seemed too high. If M96's are going for $300 and up, though, it may be time to suck it up and buy an M38. Just a year ago, good M96's were available for $225 to $275.
  5. diyj98

    diyj98 Well-Known Member

    If you shop shop around, you can still find 38's for $300.00 at shows. Of course you can often find then much cheaper, but $300.00 seems to be the norm from a dealer.
  6. Outlaws

    Outlaws Well-Known Member

    (I added two more photos)

    Just based on the gunk that you can see in the camber pic, I figured it hasn't been shot much if at all and the disc would still be a decent guess for condition. I don't know if its cosmoline because the only surplus rifles I have owned/used were already cleansed of it. It feels solid as a rock though. The guy said he used to bring a dozen or so every show, but since the supply dried up he hasn't been able to. Back to the cosmoline thing....the guy opened the bolt and pulled the firing pin and told me to clean out some of the grease before I fire it. He said I didn't have to clean it all out, but get rid of some. I just assumed it was cosmoline.

    I only saw one M38 at the show but it was in real bad shape. The stock was split in half and glued. The action might have been fine, but they wanted $225 for it and hardly any of the numbers matched.

    Is there any 6.5 Swede surplus left anymore? I bought a box of Wolf (brass case) and a box of HotShot. HotShot I have never heard of. It just says Made in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I intend to handload this round eventually, and if I like it maybe get a single shot rifle in 6.5x55 also since I hear is a very accurate round.
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  7. Colt46

    Colt46 Well-Known Member

    Probably the finest example of a Mauser

    Not as strong as the later 98 action, but the swedes did a lovely job with them. They also knew how to feed and care for them. I've had a 1909 Carl Gustav for almost twenty years now and cringe at what you paid for yours.
  8. Red Tornado

    Red Tornado Well-Known Member

    Looks like you did pretty good. With a pristine bore, as indicated on the disk, you very well may have a MOA shooter. As to the grease, it sure looks like cosmoline from what I can tell. That "should" indicate that it's hasn't been shot since dipping, but someone may have.

    Clean it, get to the range, and report back to us. We love range reports...especially if there are pictures.
  9. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    Either Samco or Sarco (I get them confused) has Swede 6.5x55 surplus. They also have stripper clips.

    I get my commercial ammo from Aim Surplus. The Bosnian 6.5x55 works great in my two M-96 rifles.
  10. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    Read a interesting article on the Swedish Mausers. The formula of the steel used remained unchange from the first on built in the late 1890's thru the last on off the line. Many were built for Sweden by Mauser in Germany and the steel for the Mauser built ones was shipped in from Swedish mills. German steel was not used in any of them. From what I hear, the Swedish 96's are the only 96's safe for conversion to 308.
  11. jem375

    jem375 Well-Known Member

    I have one made in 1902 with really good wood and bore and it shoots great. I had to install a taller front sight to get it to come down for realistic distances but it works fine now...
  12. jagdpanzer347

    jagdpanzer347 Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on acquiring a fine rifle. A Swede Mauser is on the list of C&R rifles I want to buy. Man, it's a loooong list though....

  13. The Swedes are sweet! I have one too, in nearly perfect shape, an older one, before they got short. Beautiful stock on mine. Nice dark wood. Shoots really well. Good luck with yours. You will love it.
  14. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Well-Known Member

    Um, why on Earth would anyone want to convert a Swede Mauser to .308? The 6.5x55 cartridge is one of the best cartridges in the world, and is the single best reason for getting a Swede Mauser.
  15. TooTaxed

    TooTaxed Well-Known Member

    Father Knows Best beat me to it! The 6.5 x 55 is truly a great cartridge, has been used in many long range target matches, which initially attracted me to it. After getting an instant 226-yd kill on a nice buck the first time I shot my Swede, my trusty .30-06 has been relegated to back up status.
  16. Limeyfellow

    Limeyfellow Well-Known Member

    Excellent find. Its hard to beat a Swedish Mauser. Everyone should have one of these and a Persian one for the finest of the Mausers.
  17. M110

    M110 Well-Known Member

    Great find! I have a Husky, and really need to find a nice Persian, and a non converted M96 to go with it.
  18. lionking

    lionking Well-Known Member

    it looks like a beauty to me!:)

    the combination of rifle and cartridge is like bread and butter.

    mine like most shoot high,I have yet to get a front sight replacement for it.Really want to see your results at a 100 with it.

    The only thing I think that could be better with it would be a more user friendly sights,a deeper rear notch to better line up with the front.This would improve the potential accuracy which its already known for.
  19. Outlaws

    Outlaws Well-Known Member

    Well its lowest setting is for 300 meters. :D I was told to expect it to be about 9" high at 100 yards. Its a battle rifle after all. Square up the chest and you get a headshot.

    I am going to take it out to the range tomorrow. The range is just too busy on weekends.
  20. Outlaws

    Outlaws Well-Known Member

    Okay so I took it out today. There were good times and bad times. The bad times were that overall I didn't shoot so hot with anything I took to the range. The good was that the Mauser did okay my 4th and 5th shots.

    Using HotShot 139 gr soft points, the first 3 shots wheresome where between 10-15" high at 100 yards and kind of centered. But I just couldn't see my target that well. Focusing on the front sight I just couldn't see much of the target...let alone the bullseye.

    So I decided that since I am so high I will use a 6 o'clock hold to at least get a decent sight picture. Well, the 4th and 5th shots were about 8" high and 3" to the right. But the good news is that they were bug eyes. :D Then the bad news. My next 5 shots or so opened up the group to about 5". Most were a little higher and back and forth between center and 3" right. I think I might need glasses....:(

    The 139 gr Wolf FMJ didn't shoot much better, but again, I think it was me.

    I shot my Rem 721 (iron sights) in .30-06 and had my day ruined when I missed the target all together the first 5 rounds. I shot high and low trying to find paper. Some how the front sight got bumped or something because I went out there I saw 5 shots perfectly in line vertically just at various hights to the right of my target....that was me because two had bit off some of the tape.

    But then the really good news. My GI 1911 that I got back from Springfield because it wouldn't feed more than two or three times before failing to feed, shot 150 rounds flawlessly. Now I just need better sights on that because the GI sights are not that great. :D

    All in all a bad day at the range, but it had a few highlights that kept it from being hopeless.

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