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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,730 Senior Member
    I had one about 30 years ago when you could get the 96s cheap.  I wouldn't do it now, but I decided to sporterize it, had the bolt bent, forearm cut off and a wooden tip put on to hide the cleaning rod hole. scope mounted.  Even checkered the stock as best as I could.  Made an accurate and handy rifle I never shot much so I gave it to a friend.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,768 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    I had one about 30 years ago when you could get the 96s cheap.  I wouldn't do it now, but I decided to sporterize it, had the bolt bent, forearm cut off and a wooden tip put on to hide the cleaning rod hole. scope mounted.  Even checkered the stock as best as I could.  Made an accurate and handy rifle I never shot much so I gave it to a friend.
    The other half of my brain is telling me to plug the holes and re-blue, cut the barrel even with the stock, add a decent front sight, lose the hand guard, get a Mannlicher steel tip for the stock and reshape it to a super slim Euro style Mannlicher.  The stock wood is pretty with almost no dings and has nice figure.  If I sanded and refinished it would look AMAIZING.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,250 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Gene L said:
    Oh, yeah!  Much higher.  Not that many made and they have a rep for accuracy.  I don't know how much more because I've never seen one for sale. It's somewhat possible someone tried to make the OP rifle look like a M41b for whatever reason.
    That's probably the most likely explanation.  I have seen repro mounts and scopes online in the small time I have spent researching.  I MIGHT keep this and modify it to a faux-sniper configuration just for fun since the rifle is so beautiful and the bore is PRISTINE!  Now I need to get some ammo and see how it shoots.  Crap MORE ammo!?!?!   My wife is definitely going to kill me...
    The collector's books are out there.  Do some homework and find out what you have.

    But collector concerns aside, you've got an old school, forged & milled bolt action, in good shape, in a configuration known to be frequent sub-MOA shooters, in a cartridge that doesn't kick, yet is commonly used for harvesting moose, and it's already been drilled for some form of optics mount.

    Put it in the context of what Holland & Holland would charge you for same.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,768 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    GunNut said:
    Gene L said:
    Oh, yeah!  Much higher.  Not that many made and they have a rep for accuracy.  I don't know how much more because I've never seen one for sale. It's somewhat possible someone tried to make the OP rifle look like a M41b for whatever reason.
    That's probably the most likely explanation.  I have seen repro mounts and scopes online in the small time I have spent researching.  I MIGHT keep this and modify it to a faux-sniper configuration just for fun since the rifle is so beautiful and the bore is PRISTINE!  Now I need to get some ammo and see how it shoots.  Crap MORE ammo!?!?!   My wife is definitely going to kill me...
    The collector's books are out there.  Do some homework and find out what you have.

    But collector concerns aside, you've got an old school, forged & milled bolt action, in good shape, in a configuration known to be frequent sub-MOA shooters, in a cartridge that doesn't kick, yet is commonly used for harvesting moose, and it's already been drilled for some form of optics mount.

    Put it in the context of what Holland & Holland would charge you for same.
    Great point...
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,730 Senior Member
    You've got a ~$350 gun now.  Put a lot of work into it like cutting down the barrel and stock and you've got a $250 gun.  I'd leave it alone.  I messed up one 96, never again.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,250 Senior Member
    Oh yeah. . .and it's a fast twist, long throat 6.5mm set up for heavy bullets.

    Creedmoor you say?  BOOOOOOOOORING!
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,730 Senior Member
    I think the standard military round was 140 grains.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,086 Senior Member
    Depends on when it was made, the original M94 Swedish ammo had a 156gr round nose. They switched to the M41 140gr Spitzer boattail in, suprisingly, 1941, from what I'm finding online 
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,768 Senior Member
    1907 according to the crest on the receiver.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

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