Meet my new friend, The Swede.

calebibcalebib Senior MemberPosts: 1,701 Senior Member
No, not this guy...

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This guy...

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I just finished assembling it yesterday, it's all done except for the sling swivels and the grip cap which needs to be blued. It's an old 1937 JP Sauer 98 Mauser action, Adams & Bennet 1 in 9 twist barrel, Williams FP target rear sight and front ramp, Bold trigger in a modified Boyds walnut stock. I've wanted a 6.5 Swede for a while I've also been wanting a iron sights centerfire rifle so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

Watcha think?

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,454 Senior Member
    Looks good Caleb :worthy:

    edited to add:

    I agree with BP's assessemt about the ebony forend a few posts down
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,768 Senior Member
    nicely done as always
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,372 Senior Member
    Nice work:up: 6.5 swede is on my list as well, it has always interested me as a mil-surp but in a custom, too sweet.

    Sako
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Thanks for the compliments, I can't wait to shoot it. I forgot to mention the barrel length, it's 24".
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,038 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    No, not this guy...

    swede-hell-on-wheels.jpg

    This guy...

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    I just finished assembling it yesterday, it's all done except for the sling swivels and the grip cap which needs to be blued. It's an old 1937 JP Sauer 98 Mauser action, Adams & Bennet 1 in 9 twist barrel, Williams FP target rear sight and front ramp, Bold trigger in a modified Boyds walnut stock. I've wanted a 6.5 Swede for a while I've also been wanting a iron sights centerfire rifle so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

    Watcha think?

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    Just like all your other work, absolutely beautiful. Interestingly enough, I think we are on the same wave length on cartridges. You built a .257 AI, and so did I, well I had it built. You built a Sweede and that's my last Yugo project in mind. I think it's absolutely one of the very best 6.5s out there and there's some good ones no doubt.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Nice work:up: 6.5 swede is on my list as well, it has always interested me as a mil-surp but in a custom, too sweet.

    Sako

    I've always liked the milsurps too but in the 98 action I can seat the bullets way out and bump the pressures up a bit while I'm at it. I plan on using it as my doe rifle next year.
  • alphasigmookiealphasigmookie Senior Member Posts: 8,956 Senior Member
    Very nice! A Swede is on my short list as well. Will be waiting on the range report:popcorn:
    "Finding out that you have run out of toilet paper is a good example of lack of preparation, buying 10 years worth is silly"
    -DoctorWho
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    Just like all your other work, absolutely beautiful. Interestingly enough, I think we are on the same wave length on cartridges. You built a .257 AI, and so did I, well I had it built. You built a Sweede and that's my last Yugo project in mind. I think it's absolutely one of the very best 6.5s out there and there's some good ones no doubt.

    Yeah, that seems to be the case. FYI, I just posted a hunt report in the hunting forum. My 257 AI helped me fill my mule deer tag.
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,472 Senior Member
    I have had this image of a gun in my head for years that I would want built, and I'll be damned if that isn't the closest to it I've ever seen.

    Only difference is mine would have double triggers, and a high-polish blue... YOU SUCK!
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    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Believe me, a double set trigger was a serious consideration that could still happen. I have a double set trigger that came with the 230 Ackley barreled action I bought a few months ago.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,615 Senior Member
    That looks GOOD! I like those walnut, plain stocks on a target rifle and the lines are good.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,472 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    Believe me, a double set trigger was a serious consideration that could still happen. I have a double set trigger that came with the 230 Ackley barreled action I bought a few months ago.

    Now you're just teasing me...
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,038 Senior Member
    Good for you. I figured the AI would do the trick and I think with heavy bullets it can do even bigger tricks. What a caliber.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    BPsniper wrote: »
    What do I think? I think you did exceptionally well for yourself. Very well done. I like it a lot.

    Might I make one humble recommendation? Enony forend.

    You have a black butt bad. That end is taken care of. You have a dark grip cap. Nicely done. The dark cross bolt caps are a very nice accent to the beautiful grain of the wood. The forend..............is bare and rather left out. Every other point had the dark accents but the forend looks out of place a little. I think a tasteful ebony forend, without spacer, would finish her off nicely.

    My .02 and $5.48 will get you a coffee at Starbucks.

    I've thought about it and now that it's done I think you're right. I need to swing by Rockler tomorrow anyways so I might pick up a chunk of ebony.
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    Good for you. I figured the AI would do the trick and I think with heavy bullets it can do even bigger tricks. What a caliber.

    No kidding. It even shoots 1/2 moa while fire forming brass.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    No, not this guy...

    swede-hell-on-wheels.jpg

    This guy...

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    I just finished assembling it yesterday, it's all done except for the sling swivels and the grip cap which needs to be blued. It's an old 1937 JP Sauer 98 Mauser action, Adams & Bennet 1 in 9 twist barrel, Williams FP target rear sight and front ramp, Bold trigger in a modified Boyds walnut stock. I've wanted a 6.5 Swede for a while I've also been wanting a iron sights centerfire rifle so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

    Watcha think?

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    Very nicely done! I'll bet that sucker is a tack driver with 139/140 grain bullets. I love my Carl Gustav M-96 made in 1900.

    BTW, I like "Hell On Wheels" too and I wish my Confederate friend would whack that Swede character, I don't like him much :devil:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    Very nicely done! I'll bet that sucker is a tack driver with 139/140 grain bullets. I love my Carl Gustav M-96 made in 1900.

    I've been thinking about trying out the 140 grain Sierra Match King, a BC of .535!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Them 6.5s are long bullets and they shoot Moose over in Europe with them. Their standard is 139, but we in America make'm 140s to round them off, I reckon.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Another thing I forgot to mention, I epoxied a piece of 1/4" steel plate into the forend to reinforce it for offhand shooting using a GI style shooting sling. The sling swivel is threaded directly into the plate.
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    Them 6.5s are long bullets and they shoot Moose over in Europe with them. Their standard is 139, but we in America make'm 140s to round them off, I reckon.

    I have a good friend in Norway that hunts with a 6.5 quite a bit.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,038 Senior Member
    Mine wasn't quite that good, more like an inch
    but after that it was tight.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,038 Senior Member
    That stock and blue job make it a beauty. The wood looks good enough to eat.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    BPsniper wrote: »
    What's your twist rate? Or, did I miss it somewhere?

    1 in 9
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    :beer::beer: VERY nice!!!

    Luis
    Wielding the Hammer of Thor first requires you to lift and carry the Hammer of Thor. - Bigslug
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,038 Senior Member
    That's just what I want to have built

    Right there exactly. Except with my old eyes I need a scope. But the rest of it is exactly my vision of it. I love that wood and blue.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,615 Senior Member
    I vote no on the forend tip. It looks great plain, would look tacky if you add a tip and don't checker it. Looks all business now, don't detract from it.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,781 Senior Member
    It's a lovely rifle - you have excellent taste.

    It makes me wish I could still see good enough to shoot with iron sights.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,615 Senior Member
    To me, it makes the rifle look unfinished. As is, it's "businesslike" and professional. Looks like a sniper rifle.

    But I also acknowledge that taste is an individual thing and it does look pretty good. I put a forend tip on my Brno .22 Hornet because it had one originally, except it was PAINTED on...very disppointing. and I recently had a ebony V-wedge inserted into my LC Smith 0 grade, which had one originally but had been replaced with a maple one...gross.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    BPsniper wrote: »
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    I'm no gunbuilder or artist. But there ya go. Best I can accomplish with paint.

    Thanks for the mockup, I like the look. I think I know what I'll be doing this weekend.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,053 Senior Member
    Right nice
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
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