Three New Children (22, 30-30, 6.5mm)

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  • Mreed911

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    I picked up three new kids today of the rifle kind at the local auction:


    • Mossberg Model B .22 S-L-LR (1930-1932 production range)
    • Marlin 336C Lever-Action .30-30 (1951 production date)
    • CGS (Sweedish) Mauser in 6.5x55 mm (1913 Production, "0" erision!)

    The Mossberg is in ROUGH condition but based on my research online it had historical draw as an "everyday" 22. I got it for $90 ($103.50 w/auction fee). I'm probably breaking even on this, but I got it as a project gun to take a stab as restoring (for the price, I'm okay with that).

    Marlin $250 ($287.50 w/fee). I've always wanted a Marlin lever-action and picked this up as the only bidder with an opening of $250 (the reserve). The stock has no cracks, the metal has very, very minor rust and pitting in some very, very small spots and the bore is clearn. It's *heavy* and I'm looking forward to cleaning it up and shooting it, then cleaning it again!

    Mauser $275 ($316.25 w/fee). Higher than I'd usually pay for a Mauser, but it's got a LOT going for it. Gorgeous stock, crown marking behind the trigger guard (indicates test fired and sighted in), no "repair" marks on the weapon, pristine bolt and bore (and a 6.55mm bore according to the attached disc, no erosion!), and all seven serial numbers match. It's worth well over $300 and I consider this a steal.

    Here's the pic of the new kids:
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    I'd love any advice from current owners on cleaning, shooting, etc. Comments are welcome as well!

    -- Mike
     
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    Moonpie

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    6.5 Swede= wonderful rifles. Use the long 160gr bullet if reloading. They shoot great!
    Dont try to hot rod the load. Stay moderate.
     

    Mreed911

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    6.5 Swede= wonderful rifles. Use the long 160gr bullet if reloading. They shoot great!
    Dont try to hot rod the load. Stay moderate.

    Great advice, thanks. Everything I'm reading complains about US-loaded 6.5mm being "light." I have to think there's a reason why. I don't have any reason to punish this rifle.

    Nice trio of veterans, congrats.

    Thanks, much appreciated. If anything, I'm becoming more aware why guns hold their value... and why they lose it.
     

    rsayloriii

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    Great advice, thanks. Everything I'm reading complains about US-loaded 6.5mm being "light."

    It seems that a lot/most European cartridges are loaded lighter in the US than their European counterparts. I think there's 2 reasons why. One is that, given the age of a lot of these rifles, they may not be in the greatest condition. Second, and possibly more likely, is that because these cartridges are not as wide known in the US, someone may mistake it for something else and try to chamber it in the wrong rifle. In theory, lighter load, less lethal of a failure if fired in the wrong rifle.
     
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