I picked up a darling of a rifle recently. For those of you not familiar with European rifles; this is a Husqvarna built M96 Mauser in 8x57mm. It's not a sporterized military action, but a purpose built sporting rifle. Notice the plain cocking piece and the lack of a thumb cut on the left side of the receiver. This thing is a dream to shoot. It points naturally, is of a good weight for carry. I personally like the cock on close action for a fast handling rifle, it requires less effort to get the bolt raised and forward momentum of cycling the bolt makes cocking almost effortless. The accuracy it gave my first time out was icing on the cake. I don't think I've ever shot a group this good with open sights and at 110 yards no less! While I've done a basic amount of research on these rifles, I still have a few questions about the 96 action. I see information floating around the web that the 96 is inherently weak, like American factory loads weak. I understand that this is not a 98 or a Mark V, but surely a well built rifle of Swedish steel made in the 1940s can handle European spec loads right? The next question is one of personal preference. What should I do with this fine piece (besides willing it to one of you )?Leave it as is? Should I drill it for a Lyman receiver sight? I'd love to put a bolt peep on it but that can get pricey. Put a low bolt handle on it and find a period correct scope? There isn't a lot of collector value or interest in these (at least not yet) so I don't know that I'd be too concerned about that.