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Sporterized 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser vs Tikka T3?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by valnar, Jan 1, 2012.

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  1. valnar

    valnar Member

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    I have a Swedish m/38 (in 6.5x55 SE of course) which I love and want to pair it with a more modern scoped rifle that takes the same cartridge. After weighing the pros & cons of the Tikka T3 vs the CZ 550, I decided the T3 would be the better rifle. Then I got the idea of throwing in a sporterized Swedish Mauser instead as an alternative.

    I don't have any sporterized Milsup guns, so this would be my first one. I would buy another Swedish Mauser m/96 to hack up for this purpose and probably have a gunsmith do it for me.

    All that being said, what would be the better overall gun? A new Tikka T3, or a nicely sporterized m/96 action?
     
  2. Gunnerboy

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    My preferance would be the sporterized mauser just because i love the mauser action
     
  3. Abel

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    I too would prefer the sporterized mauser.
     
  4. zeke

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    Would and did prefer a modern rifle, as they are rated for more pressure.
     
  5. valnar

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    Excellent... Now, how do I go about it? Assume that I can't do it myself, I would be happy to have someone else do it. Is there a company which does this?
     
  6. R.W.Dale

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    You do realize that paying someone else to do a worthwhile sporterization will cost you enough to buy two t3's and it still most likely wont be half as accurate.

    If you want a sporterized Swede hop on gunbroker and buy one already done that someone else has already lost their shirt on for the $250 these things resale for and call it a day

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  7. 303tom

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    You have a m/38 or is it a m/96-38, who built it, C.G. , Mauser, or HVA ? Don`t cut up a Swede, go with the T3..........
     
  8. valnar

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    All points taken. Thanks.

    Both Remington and Winchester made bolt actions in 6.5x55 (if only for one year). Would either of those be preferable to a new Tikka T3?
     
  9. Gunnerboy

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    just get a vz-24 action and a adams and bennet barrel i built one this last summer put peeps on it and my grand total came to 650$ way less then some tikka and it shoots the tinyest little groups with some handloads i got PM me if you want more info on building one.
     
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    As I understand it, you are keeping the Swede, and looking for a hot rod companion for it? So, you've been on Gun Broker searching for "6.5" and "Mauser"? Also keep an eye on Auction Arms with same search parameters.

    You'll see a nice one come by at least once a week. As you read the descriptions you'll come across feature descriptions that will catch your eye. While doing the on-line research, you can also be looking in on the local dealers, pawn shops, and such. The perfect combo will emerge as you look around.

    I bought a nice custom Mauser for <$275 a few years back. A nice deal will come along with your name on it :)

    There are a ton of sporterized mil-surps, some done very well by pro's back in the day. There will be one just right, and they all need a good home :)
     
  11. R.W.Dale

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    If you like the Mauser but want something more modern and refined in an action go find a Ruger 77mkII or hawkeye in that caliber.

    IMO ruger is the best rendition of a modern day Mauser

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  12. jimmyraythomason

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    How about a 6.5x55 built on a 98 action instead of a Swede?
     
  13. valnar

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    What would the 98 action have over the Swede? I don't mind a modern hunting rifle (CZ, Tikka), but the point of a remade Swede would be the action is the same as my classic m/38. If I'm going to get something different, I might as well go totally different and get a modern rifle (that's my thinking, anyway).

    I see a sporterized one for sale now on the auction sites, so maybe to save money I'll just pick one of them up. I want a scoped rifle but wouldn't want to hurt my existing m/38.
     
  14. Abel

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    I would just buy one already sporterized off of gunbroker.
     
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    It was just a suggestion. Some folks (like me) prefer a large ring action,with a 3 lug bolt,gas porting and sleek cocking piece. Nothing wrong with a 96 Swede. To each his own though.
     
  16. Float Pilot

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    Find one that has already been goofed with... There is no reason to turn a $350 - $450 Swede Mauser into a $250 bubba special.


    You need to check out the rifling twist rates of the rifles you are considering.

    Some manufactures use a 1 in 9 inch twist rate which does not work well for longer boat-tail bullets.
    A 7.5 or 8 inch twist rate lets you shoot pretty much all bullet lengths and weights in the 6.5x55,

    For example my win M-70 Featherweight in 6.5x55 has the same twist rate as my old (unmolested) Swede Mausers. But it has a much stronger action,,, so I load some pretty warm loads for that rifle.
    My Sako 6.5x55 has a 1 in 9 twist rate and it only likes the lighter (shorter) bullets.

    By the way, Tikka uses a 1 in 8 inch twist rate which is perfect for the 6.5x55 Swede.
     
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    Valnar;

    I've been where you are, ie. with a perfectly good 1904 M96 and wanting another 6.5 X 55 Swede. Because I shoot from the left shoulder, I went with the Tikka action & had it built with a 6.5 barrel. Somehow, those silly Swede's forgot to make the 96 with the bolt on the proper side of the action, ya know?

    I could not be happier! After working up a load that was both accurate and relatively speedy, there is joy in my safe. I would urge you to go with the Tikka & enjoy life.

    900F
     
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    I've reworked 2 Swedes and one shot great, the other not so much. That was back when you could get mint guns for $69.95! Apparently, so many people bought them up they are now pricy. My Tikka is LIGHT WEIGHT. The reworked Mausers Were Not! A decade ago I "invested" around $800 to redo a 96 and scope it. Tikkas go for around $600.
     
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    I had one sporterizeo several years ago and love it. Ended up with 3/4 moa. Laminated stock, same barrel/trigger/action, bent bolt, different safety, muzzle recrowned, floated barrell, glass-bedded action, 3x9 Leupold. Spent close to $1100.

    If I was looking for another one to scope, would either buy one off of gun-broker or buy a newly-made one. Just too much hassle redoing one if you are really doing it right and all the work would be even more expensive.
     
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