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I ordered a 7x57 barrel from Sportsman's Guide.

One of those mauser built "stainless" ones.:rolleyes: (Note heavy sarcasm.)

This will be used for a mannlicher type rifle I've had in mind for awhile. Though it will be on the back burner as far as working on it I figured I'd best get one of those barrels while they available.

One thing is I've put of working on my K-31's for too long now and need to get back to those.
 

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7x57 Mauser is my favorite sporting caliber and the Mannlicher style rifle is just plain sexy. I know that you will get a lot on enjoyment building that rifle. Are you going to put a spoon handle on the bolt and the metal schnabel on the fore-end? A classy metal buttplate with the trap door inletted into a nice walnut stock would complete the project. Please keep us posted as your project progresses.

RIKA :)
 

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My current thunderstick tinker project is an M96 Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55mm.
 

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6.5x55 is a kissing cousin to the 7x57 and those Swedes make up into really pretty custom rifles. Please take photos of your project and share them with is.

RIKA :)
 

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When I have time to work on it some more I'll post some pictures.
 

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6.5x55 is a great round.

In the process of packing up for the move I'm in the middle of, I discovered I had about 200rnds of 6.5x55 - and I don't own one.

I gave it to one of my buddies who has two of them.

One of these days I will end up with one and will regret giving away the ammo...

Glad to see fellow WECSOGers on the site.

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The M96 I got in pieces. It was the beginning of a sporterization by someone who died not long after he started. His wife gave the parts to a buddy, who set it in a closet for years, who then gave it to me. Many of the parts still hadn't been 100% cleaned of cosmoline.

The barrel had already been cut off to 24" and the military iron sights had been removed.

I'm keeping the original barrel and looking for irons suitable to retrofit. The original barrel cut off at 24" is pretty much a medium bull barrel in it's thickness. It should be extremely rigid at that length.

The weapon was date stamped "1900" so the rifle is 104 years old. The parts and bore are in almost pristine condition. The rifle, when done, should be sub MOA.

I need to mount irons, do a cut, reweld, and shaping of the bolt handle; crown the muzzle, install a Timney or other suitable trigger; drill and tap the receiver for mounts, probably Leopold; and get a new stock. I might forego the cock on open kit, as I'm don't think it's really that much of an improvement, if at all.
 

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mrostov said:
The M96 I got in pieces. It was the beginning of a sporterization by someone who died not long after he started.

Oh No! Those parts are cursed!:eek2:

You need to box those up and send then to me so I can lift the spell.:D

Either that or sprinkle them with Hoppe's #9 and say 3 Paul Mauser's over them.:laugh:
 

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TODD 3465 said:
Oh No! Those parts are cursed!:eek2:

You need to box those up and send then to me so I can lift the spell.:D

Either that or sprinkle them with Hoppe's #9 and say 3 Paul Mauser's over them.:laugh:
in Sweedish.

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Roll Out The Barrel

....:D It's here definitly not stainless as it has some surface rust where some tape of some sort was wrapped around it in 2 places. But everything else is OK. Barrel was stuffed with grease got most of it out. It turned out to be about a couple inches too long to use with the military surplus BRNO stock I have on hand.

May see what I can scrounge up or maybe shorten the barrel some. After all a carbine type rifle is what I'm wanting to build.:)
 
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