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Old 05-28-2012, 09:21 AM
.22shooter .22shooter is offline
 
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Default Swiss K31!!!! (PIC HEAVY) & Your favorite bolt action

I know I can’t be the ONLY person on the forum that is a Swiss rifle fan. Well I just thought I’d give my “sales pitch” for the K31. For some of you this will most likely be blasphemy but I think it’s my favorite rifle (competes with my Garand)

PICS (Let’s see pictures of your K31s too):
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1911.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1922.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1913.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1475.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1483.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1917.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1481.jpg
Interesting but excellent chargers
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...nt=charger.jpg


My rifle was made in 1943 w/ a walnut stock. I used to have the St. Marie scope setup but sold it because that mount basically turns a rifle into a “bench only” gun.
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1531.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1532.jpg

Vertical stringing was an issue early on but then I tweaked with the front band screw and rear tang and she shoots nice groups now. The action is shimmed however I have a replacement stock that was pillar bedded and 100% free floated. These rifles shoot! And if you’re left handed (I am) don’t think you can’t compete with this rifle:
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...nt=2inches.jpg

http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1910.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC6N0...ature=youtu.be

I suppose most of y’all are shooting GP11? Well I shot about 10 of those and decided I’m going to hand load lol.
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1927.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1928.jpg

Why I love it and why you should buy one:
Owning a military surplus firearm can tell you a little bit about the country/culture it is from. In the case of the K31, we can learn that the Swiss emphasize individual marksmanship. The K31 was made to be an accurate rifle. If you’re not familiar with the K31, it has what most of us would consider a match grade two stage trigger. The actions are usually floated by a shim. The barrel is free floated except for the last 1.5” for bayonet use. The action uses forward locking-rhombic -shaped lugs that “oppose” each other.
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1932.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1931.jpg
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/...t=IMG_1930.jpg
The result is a lot of bearing surface and a consistent action! When the bolt is closed the sleeve cams into place and locks. http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/af194/bsrman36/K31/?action=view&current=IMG_1929.jpg The chamber has a very short throat for minimal bullet jump too. They never made corrosive ammo. The ammunition is of super match quality (but kicks like a mule).

I think the whole thing is pretty darn cool. ESPECIALLY when you consider that the Swiss were incorporating all the above features way back in the 1930s! They were definitely ahead of the curve in bolt action technology.

That said, the Swiss K31 has to be one of the best milsurp rifles to own if only for two reason: it was never used in a war and corrosive ammo for 7.5x55 never existed. It is hard (except for the stocks) to find a K31 that isn’t in good or excellent condition.

Well just thought I’d share (I’m bored and unemployed haha). Post pictures and other stuffs of the K31 or your favorite milsurp bolt action rifle.

Bill

Album:
http://s1007.photobucket.com/albums/af194/bsrman36/K31/

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Old 05-28-2012, 09:35 AM
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.22 Shooter I have two of them and they are accurate rifles and very well made. Bought a case of GP-11 ammo for $140. (wish I'd got two cases) years back and it is accurate ammo. Also handload for my K-31's using Ruag brass that I wen't in on a group by and it is excellent brass. I wonder how much it would cost to build this rifle today. MC
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:06 AM
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I've often admired these rifles and I've never heard a bad word about them.

Where do you find them? And just so you know, the gun stores where I live only sell new or high-value used. And I've never seen a pawn shop either so they're out of the picture.

I can do online though.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:32 AM
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I've often admired these rifles and I've never heard a bad word about them.

Where do you find them? And just so you know, the gun stores where I live only sell new or high-value used. And I've never seen a pawn shop either so they're out of the picture.

I can do online though.
Post a WTB add in the bolt action classified and maybe something will come up

Or check out the swiss rifle forum and post a WTB:
http://theswissriflesdotcommessageboard.yuku.com/directory

Last, just try a google search and see what comes up

Bill
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:17 AM
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100 yards prone, MR31 target, twelve rounds, starting without a zero. Sighters are marked. 99-4X



This was fired at 100 yards, a local "vintage" match, "A" course, with one of my "as-issued K31's. This is the backer target (composite). Took 4 sighters to find the X ring, sighters are marked. This was fired with cast bullets. 289-6X




This was back in the days when I could see.

The straight-pulls are fun. The 1911 series is even more fun, and shoot better than the K31.

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Old 05-28-2012, 11:20 AM
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PGG99... Check out this link. I puchased (4) k31s from them.

There are several pages of K31s to look at.

https://www.simpsonltd.com/index.php...d6116020f19a11
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:50 AM
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Bob S, you are the man!
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:03 PM
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Interesting post!

Didn't really know anything about these but I've seen em around.

Kinda makes me want one now....dammit

Paul
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:23 PM
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PGG99... Check out this link. I puchased (4) k31s from them.

There are several pages of K31s to look at.

https://www.simpsonltd.com/index.php...d6116020f19a11
I bought one from them just last month. It is a great rifle and the process was easy. I searched for 'Swiss K-31'. Then I sorted them by price from low to high and started looking. I think mine was descibed as 92% blue, excellent bore, good stock, all matching. It also came with a sling and muzzle cover. It seems like it was $325 or $350.

I first became really interested in them at the CMP Games - Oklahoma when many of my fellow shooters were shooting them as their military bolt action rifles in the GSM matches.

Another neat thing is that many K31s come with a troop tag under the buttplate. This tag will have the name of the soldier that carried it and some other basic information. I was really hoping for a troop tag. Unfortunatley I didn't get one. Maybe on my next K31.

Here is mine.



Jim

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:45 PM
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Beautiful steel and machining.
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