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Old 07-21-2019, 06:20 PM
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Shot my Swedish Mauser today at the club.
Every time I shoot this gun I think I'm a good shot. The gun has shot some very good groups through the many years I have owned it.
Is it the round or the gun?
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:47 PM
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Shot my Swedish Mauser today at the club.
Every time I shoot this gun I think I'm a good shot. The gun has shot some very good groups through the many years I have owned it.
Is it the round or the gun?
The Rifle....


Craig Boddington did an Article one time about Accuracy, and He dismissed the idea of "Inherently accurate Cartridges". Even the 7.62x39 (The AK round), in certain rifles, has shown to be accurate, compared to the standard AK-47 which doesn't do much better than 2 MOA. Put the round in a proper Bolt action, and you can get less than 1 MOA. So it's the Rifle that brings more of the accuracy, rather than the cartridge.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:27 PM
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It is mostly the rifle, particularly the chamber and barrel.

However, shooting a round that doesn't try to pound you into the ground helps also.

Love my Swedish 96.
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:02 PM
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I had a model 38 carbine made by Husqvarna. What a great little rifle!
I wanted a m96 but found the "Husky" near mint for $399.00 and couldn't walk away from it. Then sold it during a divorce...
Those Sweedish Mausers are fantastic rifles. I need another one. Next will be that m96. Probably one of the nicest surplus rifles to date next to the Swiss k31. Also a fantastic shooter, and made with pride like the Swedish Mausers.
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:14 PM
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loiblb, what brand ammunition are you using? I haven't shot mine yet but have been buying 150gr Winchester power points for it.
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I have a Swede 38 short rifle purchased in late 1980's . . .

. . . during the surplus glut. What a time - many WWII era European / Asian Theatre imports were coming in, you couldn't take a step without banging your shin against a crate of rifles or ammunition for them. For very reasonable prices - less than a C-Note in many cases. Even the Swedes - I think I paid $80 for it and it was hardly shot at all (at the time at least ).



The actions alone now will bring quite a bit of money - they are truly well manufactured firearms.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:58 PM
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Is it the round or the gun?
A combination of the two. The Swedes & Norwegians got it right when their new cartridge commission decided on the 6.5x55; just a superb all-rounder.

The Swedes insisted on Mauser using their Swedish steel for the initial guns as the Swedes were still setting up production at Eskiltuna [which at the time was arguably the best steel in the world for that purpose.]

I have a 1916; wish I'd picked up a '38 short rifle back before the prices just went nuts. [Sigh] So many opportunities lost in the '90s!
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:50 PM
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What the other guys said. A combo of the rifle and ammo quality. They weren't made in the huge quantities as other rifles at the time. The Swiss rifles also have very high accuracy.
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I have one of the German made (Obendorf) Swedish mausers dated 1900 that was sportorized over here. It is a sweet shooter! I'd say it is both the gun build quality and the caliber. The 6.5mm spitzer bullet has fantastic ballistics, hence the popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor.
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I picked up a Ruger African in 6.5x55, put three shots under an inch with the first two handloads I tried. Beautiful gun that shoots very well.
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Well, I'd agree that any round can be accurate in a well-made rifle.

I like the Swede because it is soft recoiling, which means that a day at the range shooting 60 rounds, I don't even think about a flinch. And the 6.5mm bullet is a very accurate round in the target bullets, so you have a lot going for you.

But to have an older Mauser shoot that well -- oh, that's a treasure.
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