Sorry to sound so dumb here, but I have no idea about receiver or barrel markings as I've not received the rifle as yet. Here's a link with a little more info and I know they did produce a good number of the sporterized M96s although I don't think they were neccessarily all in 6.5x55.Maybe it is just built on a Swede receiver? Are there any markings on the barrel or receiver?
I recently purchased a Kimber sporterized M96 Swedish Mauser in the original 6.5x55 caliber. I'm not sure if it's the original barrel though, as it's stainless steel. Does anyone have any additional info about Kimber's M96s. Thanks, Ed
Thanks for the additional info. The idea of the barrel getting a nickel finish makes a lot more sense than it's being SS. I'm anxiously awaiting my opportunity to pick it up from my FFL holder and have several boxes of ammo awaiting a range session. I'll try to get back here with a range report soon. If it's a shooter, there may also be a new stock in it's future as well. Thanks again.When Kimber offered these sporterized Swedish Mausers some had a nickel finish applied the the barreled action others were blued. All their 6.5X55 barrels that I saw had the name "Kimber" and the Oregon address stamped on the side. They used military barrels turned down, shortened and recrowned. I've heard many people confuse the nickel finish with stainless steel but never saw a stainless steel barrel from them in 6.5X55. On one of mine the barrel serial number matches the receiver but not all of them do. They generally shoot pretty good.