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This rifle reaches 100 this year, it still works and shoots extemely well. Unlike my recent first smartphone purchase, which is somewhat of a pain in the rear. And will no doubt be obsolete soon, while the rifle will still work fine.







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I had a mid-40's model 38 for a while, but it was too modern.
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I had a mid-40's model 38 for a while, but it was too modern.
A 100 year old gun is still young.

I'm more of a pistol guy myself.

So here it is 111(top) and 110(bottom) years old.

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What? They are Mausers too.

Shooting the youngest(last Thursday)).

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Great rifles. Bought a CG-63 about 10 years ago. The receiver was manufactured in 1902. Shoots great, I am sure yours will also.
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I had a couple of Swedes pass through my hands in years past. Beautiful guns, great shooters.

I had a number of milsurp guns in the past but I turned my attention elsewhere so I let them go. I do like this one, however, even if the P-4 is probably less than 50 years old:

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Had a nice Swedish Mauser that shot very well. Sold it,
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Mine is a 1905, all matching numbers , shoots great. I've owned it 10-12 years and have had good results with the Prvi Partizan 139 gr. loads .
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I have a M41 b, original, built on a 1909 receiver. You probably can top this accuracy only with benchrest rifles...

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I'm not a big fan of 9mm pistols, but I bought a P-4 about thirty years when they were advertised in Shotgun News. I shoot 150 grain cast bullets in mine and it's pretty accurate at 25 yards even from a bullseye shooting stance. I'd pick it over most of the 9mm pistols currently made, but the new schoolers might not care for it. Probably doesn't lend itself well to "upgrading".
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I think the circle has to do with bore wear; the chart has something to do with sight setting adjustments when they changed bullets. Hopefully an expert will come along shortly with the correct answers.
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I love old military rifles but I’ve never had a Swede. Nowadays the ones I have left are just too heavy for me to shoot well anymore and I just have a few lying around for old times sake. My favorites are an as issued Gewehr 98 and a 1917 Eddystone.

As far as old stuff I still shoot, they are all easily recognizable. The “newest” is the first pistol I bought in a hardware store for the outrageous price of $75 in 1968 - a German Herstal Hi Power. The Webley is unfortunately shaved to .45. The other is a Colt New Service 1909 Army issue in .45 Colt. I’ve even used them in bowling pin matches just for laughs.
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Those are smooth-shooting old rifles. And the 6.5x55 is a fantastic cartridge with lots of capabilities
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The other is a Colt New Service 1909 Army issue in .45 Colt. I’ve even used them in bowling pin matches just for laughs.
I also have a Colt Model 1909 U.S.Army, you do not see many of them. My oldest is a Colt Model 1903 Hammer in .38 ACP.
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Can someone explain the badge and other markings on the stock?[/QUOTE]

The black label gives the correction for using the original sights with the later Spitzer bullets. I cannot recall the deisgnator, but it's on the 6.5x55 Wiki page. The original round was a heavy round nose.

The round disc describes the bore condition and measured bore dimensions after inspection.
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That's quite sad.

Mine is a 1917 96. It was my Dad's. Shoots better than any Remingfreakton ever made. The barrel is pristine, not fouled, and all matched numbers. It's surely a Grandson type gun.
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I haven't had a Swedish Mauser in a long time, but used to have two (don't remember model) in original pristine condition manufactured in 1943. They had short (about 24") barrels with threaded muzzles and turned down bolt handles. I seldom shot anything but cast bullets in them. Finally lost interest in these and most other military guns and sold them.
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I haven't had a Swedish Mauser in a long time, but used to have two (don't remember model) in original pristine condition manufactured in 1943. They had short (about 24") barrels with threaded muzzles and turned down bolt handles.

Sounds like a 1938 Husqvarna. Some had some straight bolts.
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I haven't had a Swedish Mauser in a long time, but used to have two (don't remember model) in original pristine condition manufactured in 1943. They had short (about 24") barrels with threaded muzzles and turned down bolt handles. I seldom shot anything but cast bullets in them. Finally lost interest in these and most other military guns and sold them.
I never had one. But a friend of mine has one. I tried it. It's stupid accurate and almost does not kick.
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There's a reason this model was called "The Crown Jewels " when compared to other Mausers.

Don't currently own one, but did. Was just a smooth and super accurate rifle.

Thanks for sharing yours.
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I have a M38 Husky , dated 1944. It's a cavalry issue with the turned down bolt. I bought it 30 years ago at a local Montgomery Wards for $100 . I was going to tap/ scope it to use for a white-tail deer rifle, 6.5 x 55 mm being the perfect round. Never did. The open sights aren't the greatest but it does shoot and hit like a dream. Best $100.00 I ever spent.

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I have a M38 Husky , dated 1944. It's a cavalry issue with the turned down bolt.
The turned down bolt really has nothing to do with cavalry issue. The first M38's were converted M96's and still retain the original straight bolt handle. All Husqvarna purpose built M38's have a turned down bolt.

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I've know buyers that put a lot of faith in what the disk reads, but I never really did. While the disk may have been correct at inspection, who knows how many rounds have been shot thorough the gun since then or what abuse it's taken. I've also know people to put disks from one rifle on the stock of another rifle.

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What a grand old rifle....to me the epitome of a Mauser action rifle!! I have an M96 that doesn't know it is not a target rifle!

Doesn't hurt that it fires the 6.5x55 as a cartridge either...

6.5 CM has nothing on this round that was invented in 1894 I think...

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I have a M38 Husky , dated 1944. It's a cavalry issue with the turned down bolt. I bought it 30 years ago at a local Montgomery Wards for $100 . I was going to tap/ scope it to use for a white-tail deer rifle, 6.5 x 55 mm being the perfect round. Never did. The open sights aren't the greatest but it does shoot and hit like a dream. Best $100.00 I ever spent.
The 1944 Husqvarna m/38 is one of the most sought after by collectors. Only 1,969 made that year. I have one also. Gunboards Swedish Military section keeps a list of known examples.

I had 13 Swedes at one time, I'm down to 8. Shot vintage sniper for years with a 1918 m41/B. My favorite is a 1908 FSR m/96. m o.a. is no problem with the right load and it's diopter sight system, well it didn't used to be.

This whole site is great for learning about these superb old rifles. There may even be a couple of mine on it.

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The 1944 Husqvarna m/38 is one of the most sought after by collectors. Only 1,969 made that year. I have one also. Gunboards Swedish Military section keeps a list of known examples.
Good point and I didn't even think about the rarity of the 1944 when it read the OP's post. I bought a large collection years ago that had three 1944's in it. I had some imply that I was lying when I mention that on a forum at the time, but it was true and just part of a very nice collection . I shifted my interests over the years and the 44's along with my other Swedish rifles are long gone.
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Not all purpose built Husqvarna m/38's have turned down bolts either. Remember the Swedes never let a part go to waste and several straight Carl Gustafs bolts were around when Husqvarna started making m/38s.
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Not all purpose built Husqvarna m/38's have turned down bolts either. Remember the Swedes never let a part go to waste and several straight Carl Gustafs bolts were around when Husqvarna started making m/38s.

Indeed. I'd have to check the safe, but I think my M96 converted to M38 has a bent bolt, and my Husky has a straight bolt. Go figure.
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The black label gives the correction for using the original sights with the later Spitzer bullets. I cannot recall the deisgnator, but it's on the 6.5x55 Wiki page. The original round was a heavy round nose.

The round disc describes the bore condition and measured bore dimensions after inspection.[/QUOTE]

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I love My Swede 6.5 mm x 55 mm Mausers. My 1907 Carl Gustaf m96 is my favorite shooter. One and a half inch groups at 100yds isn’t shabby. I’m restoring a Swede m94-14 right now. Bubba got it but it’s being turned back to its orginal condition.

I have a few Swede 6.5 mm mausers and some 7 mm Mausers too. Both calibers are very accurate and easy on the shoulder.
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I used to own two. One was all matching but the cleaning rod, in really nice condition. The other was matching, nice condition, but the bore was pretty dark and had some pitting. I saw another advertised on another forum that specializes in AR's. It was supposedly all matched, perfect bore, no import marks, and perfect condition. It was $800. I sold my two to pay for it. kicking in another $35 for the transfer fee. What I got was another horror story. It was NOT near as advertised, even though many pics were shown. Turns out the crooked seller took great care to NOT show any of the real issues with the gun. The seller would not take it back, the forum ruled against me even though I showed them all pics and conversations. I think the seller was friends of a moderator. I tried a second moderator who would not overrule the other one. I used a US Postal Money Order, and they would not help either. I was lucky to sell the gun for $300!!! I have never done business on that forum since, and have never bough another gun online because of this. I a NOT rich, and certainly could not afford that loss!! I still need a nice 96 for my collection.
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I love those rifles too.

Anyone know what the stocks were made of?
Swedish Oak?
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Anyone know what the stocks were made of?
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Stocks were made of European Walnut till 1915, Elm, Beech, American Black Walnut, Maple and Mahogany from 1915 till 1918, Beech standardized in 1918. The one in your picture is beech. Elm is often mistaken for oak but oak was never used.

Elm on my 1915 m/96.

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I love those rifles too.

Anyone know what the stocks were made of?
Swedish Oak?
Yes, Swedish Oak, AKA Beech.
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