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Old 07-24-2015, 08:39 AM
S99VG S99VG is offline
 
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Argentines and K31s are good too. They were never sold in mass quantities like the 96 and Enfield. My brother bought a 96 (actually a 38 carbine) in the mid-90s for 85-bucks. It was nearly new and that was the typical going price. They were so inexpensive that Kimber bought a bunch and reworked them for the commercial market.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:26 AM
BryanJ BryanJ is offline
 
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As I'm learning, it's kind of funny how the horse trading goes for rifles (I'm new to this). In the course of two week several months back, purchased a Portugese Mauser at a local auction, traded it the next weekend at a LGS in Dothan, AL for the Argentine Mauser (beautiful rifle) which my brother really wanted, so on the same day traded for the 1916 Swede, which someone else wants to trade for the K31...fun, new hobby!!
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:41 PM
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I am old and blind so I put mojo sights on my Swede model 1896. I have the Elit sight on my model 63 and a scout scope on the model 38. All are extremely accurate with almost any load. They also have a very soft recoil so I can shoot all I want to at the range. Much easier on old guys than the 06.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:22 PM
Calfed Calfed is offline
 
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The Swede's figured out that the normal "inverted triangle" sights were a problem for some people and used a squared front sight and "U" rear sight.

Much better, imo
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:56 PM
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I have the same three as jimco. Great guns - my '38 was my go-to Alaska gun for years and used the CG63 for 1000 yard shooting (it shoots better than I do). The '96 was the general purpose gun for me. Look at the lists (over the years) of the top twenty rifles finishing at the CMP Bolt Action Games - I haven't checked lately, but it used to be heavy with Swedes and K31's. Sierra makes a lot of good bullets for handloading the 6.5. You'll do real well with it once you get used to the rear sight ( or replace it).
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:23 PM
Calif-Steve Calif-Steve is offline
 
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Most of the M96's came with near new barrels and indeed, they are many nice target bullets available. I have heard the Swiss Reserves shot 15 rounds of fam fire during Summer camp. Easy to find K31's with new barrels.
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:39 PM
Big Ed Big Ed is offline
 
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Swede snipers the M41B rifles showed up in the Balkan campains of the '90. They were dealy accurate and dubbed "The Arctic Predator"
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:09 PM
Super Duty-KTP Super Duty-KTP is offline
 
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My CG 1904 M96 is absolutely deadly with the old Hornady 140 gr RN and I look forward to taking a nice Buck or Doe with her this year.
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:44 PM
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Simpson Limited had 6-7 Swiss K31s posted under What's New this week for $325 with very good barrels (7.53 or 7.54). Highly recommended rifles. Buy GP-11 ammo for them.
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