any info on a 6.5x50 Swedish Mauser?

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  1. Steely

    Steely New Member

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    Hey all,
    Looking for any info at all on a 6.5x50 Swedish Mauser
    it has a 30 inch barrel with an extremely high twist rate
    it has nearly no markings other than a serial # (L92XX)
    and it has an "L" stamped on the barrel. Had to have the
    local gun shop cast the chamber to figure out the caliber.
    The old timer who had it originally didn't know much info on
    it but he claimed it was very rare in that barrel length, possibly one
    of three or one of ten.
    I haven't found any info at all so far,
    Looking for age, value, and some history
    Thanks to all
    Steely
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    Wildalaska Former Guest

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    Ive heard of 6.5x50 japanese but I dont think a 6.5x50 Swedish Mauser exists...got pics?
  3. Steely

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    It's a buddy's gun, so I'll have to get pics later

    I'm pretty sure one exists, I spotted a comment on line
    stating that a 6.5x50 swedish will fire a 6.5x50 jap round, but a 6.5x50 jap will not fire a 6.5x50 swedish round.

    The only ammo he has found for it is some 6.5x50 Jap that Hornady made for him
  4. Hammerslagger

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    The 6.5 X 55 Mauser cartridge was adopted by Sweden and Norway in 1891. The Swedes adopted an improved Mauser design rifle in 1896 which was originally made from Swedish steel in Germany. Later in Sweden.

    I an unaware of any Swedish 6.5 X50 mm round and could find no reference to it on the Internet.

    Sometimes facts can be stranger than fiction. Considering all claims made here, I strongly suspect that someone is feeding you a line of male Bovine Semi-solid.
  5. Steely

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    O.k., I'm trying to piece together the info I get from my buddy.
    It seems that after getting the chamber cast, the original owner
    gave him four rounds that he had found, they were labeled 6.5 Norma.

    Here are some pics of the gun,
    it also has an L stamped near the serial number
    anybody recognize this?

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    No they werent:D

    Looks Like a PB on the bolt...Italian?
  7. Dan70

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    That looks like an Italian Carcano bolt. If it is a carcano the caliber should be 6.5X52.
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    We usually do not get pics with enough detail. Yours are too close up. Need more pics of whole rifle and sections thereof.

    It does not appear Swedish or Italian. Possibly Greek.
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    The proof looks like fasces....I still say Italian
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    I do not know; but I see no in-bloc clip magazine of the M. Cacarno. Also there appears to be a mag. floorplate release in the front of the trigger guard.

    I think we need more photos.
  11. Steely

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    Just talked to my buddy, He is adamant that the original rounds said 6.5 Norma,
    but he is digging around for them as I type, So I'll find out for sure.
    he is going to bring the gun back by later tonight for more photos,
    Look for them tomorrow.

    Also the "PB" can be found on the underside, at the top, of the ladder sights

    Thanks for all the interest Guys
    Steely
  12. Hammerslagger

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    Within the last two years I met a man who had just lost his right eye and significantly damaged his rifle because he managed to fire an under-size cartridge in a military rifle!
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    That's a Carcano in the picture. But...to throw a unique curve on things I think what you've got there is a sporterized Type I, which was a contract rifle made for Japan by all three of the Italian armories (including Beretta...which will explain the PB proofmark).
    Check out this link for more info and some good shots to compare your rifle against.
    http://members.shaw.ca/nambuworld/typeipix.htm


    I would also do a chamber cast to verify the exact caliber but I would suspect it's 6.5x50.
    There are several european 6.5mm cartridges out there that Norma makes (or has made) ammo for, so if your buddy can dig up the cartridges the full caliber name should be on the headstamp.
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    Nice work Bindernut.
  15. Steely

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    That's It!
    Thanks Bindernut

    It is amazing the knowledge that we are able to tap through this website!
    I can't thank you enough

    Obviously this gun has a crude unoriginal stock,
    and at some point it was reblued, but it is in fine working
    condition,
    does it have any value?

    Thanks again to all
    steely
  16. Hammerslagger

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    Not very much in significantly modified condition. It could be an economy deer rifle, or a parts gun for someone who collects this model. I have no real idea in today's crazy market. I have purchased more desirable military rifles for $150 recently.
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