Manufacture date of model 96 Swedish Mauser
I recently acquired a Swedih Mauser model 96 that has been professionally sporterized. It has, of course, lost all collectible value as a result. However, I bought it for the purpose of using it as a platform for shooting the 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser cartridge, which I am confident it will do well. The bolt, receiver, trigger, barrel, are original and matching. The barrel has been cut to 24" and recrowned. and everything reblued. The rifling is very serviceable. I am enclosing a pic of the gun as I bought it and a closeup of the receiver.
If I interpret the receiver markings correctly, the gun was originally manufactured in 1899. Can this possibly be true? I can'tbelieve how good it looks considering that it is 107 years old.
Can anyone confirm the date? The serial # is 138xx.