WANTED: 6.5x55 Mauser M96

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by huntokanogan, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. huntokanogan

    huntokanogan Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I am looking to buy a Swedish Mauser 6.5x55 rifle. If anyone out there has one or knows where to get one please let me know. I would realy like a sporterized version. But would take a surpluss model too.

    I have been looking for a deer rifle for my wife and had it narrowed to a .308, 7mm-08, .243 ect..
    But a buddy came buy the other day with a 6.5x55 he bought from a guy for $125.00 that had been in his garage for 20 years! A little rough but sweet gun. A few rounds into it and I was sold.
  2. cfvickers

    cfvickers Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    There are a lot of model 38 swedes out there to be found in new or near new condition. I got one several years ago that was unfired. In complete service condition with the open sights that came from the factory in 1941, in about 45-50 rounds I have put through it, I have fired 3 3/4 -1 inch groups at 100 yards and all 3 shot groups I have shot with it have been under 2.5 inches. Now this is with a big wide blade front sight. no scope. I know I cannot hold any better than that at 100. the 2-2.5 inch groups were on cloudy days when it was harder to see the target at that range. I have not fired any reloads from it. It does the best with service style Wolf Gold 139 grain FMJ ammo. I recommend getting one. Far more accurate than I would have expected from any service rifle. And my personal favorite caliber.
  3. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2001
    Might check out the local pawn shops. I picked up this little jem from a pawn shop that called it an Argentine mauser, who am I to tell tham otherwise:D

  4. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    You might find one cheap from somebody that does not know what they have. There are no more on the main market cheap any more. They Run $350 to $450 for an average M-96 and the M-38 runs about $100 more in my neck of the woods. I have one 96/38 and four M-96 one is a sporter that I made out of a M-96 that someone had already started hacking on. THEY ARE NOT FOR SALE. They are worth far more in the military dress so don't hack up a military one please. They all shoot very well. I shoot vintage rifle bench rest matches and with my 96's they will easy hold 2" 10 shot groups at 100 yards. That is 10 consecutive shots. The first 5 or 6 will be inside 1" then the barrel starts to heat up and the groups start to open up. With the sporter I can safely (under 46,000 CUP) drive a 120 gr Nosler ballistic tip 3000 fps in the 29" barrel with a max charge of 46 grs AA 4350 and it is very accurate and it hammers deer. I can safely drive 140 Sierra or Hornady SP 2800 fps with a max load of AA 4350. They also will hammer deer.

    Most 6.5 caliber rifles just plain are accurate. If you can find one there are a few commercial 6.5X55 . Ruger made some and I think Remington did. Tikki (SP?) makes one. I know that the Rem 700 in 260 Rem shoots just as good because my hunting buddy had one. Savage makes a 260 Rem caliber I am pretty sure.
  5. hwy40

    hwy40 Active Member

    Jul 31, 2010