Found this gun in a pawn shop today, S/N 136606.
Don't know much about these guns but I've been reading they are accurate.
All the numbers match except the metal band where the sling attaches.
Wood is in good shape and has a very intricate looking rear sight adjustment.
Guy said the round brass plate in the stock actually tells all about the gun if you can understand the markings.
Is it worth $375?
Is there another site especially devoted to this gun that could give me more history, indentification information, and worth?
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Last edited by Plank Road Farm; 11-29-2007 at 05:06 PM.
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generally the swedes are worth about $250-350, towards the higher end if all the #'s match. now you say your has an inticate rear sight adjustment which leads me to believe you may have a diopeter rear sight, and depending on which rear sight exactly can add some value to your rifle.
There is a series of books called "For collectors only" from North Cape Publications, that give detailed information on old military rifles.
The price seems high to me, but with a diopter sight maybe it is nominal. I paid $50.00 each for the two I had, less than three years ago. But, that was from a pawn shop where I bought guns fairly frequently.
They had just bought a collection from an estate and had aquired about 40 surplus rifles in the deal. The guy told me to take my pick. I just happened to be carrying $200.00 at the time. I bought two M93s and two enfields for $50.00 each.
I went back to the Pawn Shop this morning and took these pics. Hope someone can nail down exactly what this rifle is.
The engraving on the rear sight is as follows: "METALLVERKEN" (on top) then "VASTERAS" (underneath) and then "SV. PAT. 90944" (underneath that).
All numbers match except the front strap band and the magazine bottom plate and it doesn't have a cleaning rod. Has the iniIials "KB" to the left of the S/N and only has one crown mark on the bottom of the stock wrist.
I got the price down to $300 OTD.
Should I buy it?
2001) I paid $100 for Carl G '96 that I sporterized [drilled, tapped, and bent the bolt]. I have hunted with it.
2004) I paid $135 for a '38 Husq. Looks new. May still be unfired. I haven't shot it.
2006) I paid $80 for a '94 Carl G carbine, that someone cut down the stock, and the grooves at the muzzle are not shiny. I have not shot it yet.
All of them are all matching serial numbers. I don't find that in Mausers from countries that went to war with them.
Hi plank,looks like youve done well there,I cant comment on the price you paid but it looks like a fine looking rifle in good condition,the bolt handle has definately been altered,generally to acommodate a scope, others have recommended some good sites for your information so you may already have the info but I believe the sight you have is refered to as a Naval sight not because of any conection with the navy but in reference to the sailing ship motif stamped on it,it is not rare but not common either,some think it adds asthetically to the rifles appearance,I tend to agree,the brass disc contains the information recorded about the condition of the rifle when it last passed through the royal armoury.IMHO the 6.5x55 Swede is undoubtably one of the finest of the old battle rifles and if in good condition and fed the right ammunition it can be superbly accurate and capable of punching well above its weight with the potential to take many varied game.
The rifle itself as im sure you will discover is a pure joy to shoot,it comes up to shoulder and eye in a very comfortable manner with minimal felt recoil, the action is smooth and strong and likely to outlast you and your next generation.
As with all used and aged weapons I agree with those that say you should take it to a competant gunsmith and get it checked out,probobly just a visual inspection and run a set headspace gauges through it, get the OK!!, then get yourself some ammo and go enjoy that fine old piece of machinery,I defy any man to shoot the Swede and not want to smile about it!!!ENJOY. Regards.
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There is a side mount that requires drilling/tapping that is Swedish made, and made specifically for the M96! It is similar to the Ajack "Jackenroll" sniper mount used on the M41B sniper rifle. A guy called armynavysweden sells them from time to time on ebay. They are slide on and off and do not interfere wih the iron sights. The Vasteras looks in very good condition. It definitely makes the price more worth it.
__________________ I keep tellin ya Doc, I'm in pretty good shape considerin the shape I'm in !!