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Classic Rifles & Cartridges

Classic Rifles & Cartridges

Some Cartridges Just Belong In Certain Rifles

I’m more a rifle guy than a cartridge guy. Debates over hair-splitting differences between cartridges I find tedious. I’m more interested in rifle/cartridge combinations (which I’ll admit is another form of hair-splitting).

The Winchester 94 rifle and .30-30 cartridge go together. So do the 1903 Mannlicher-Schoenauer and the 6.5×54 cartridge. On the other hand, pre-’64 Winchester Model 70s in .35 Remington are valuable collector’s items today. They’re valuable because they are scarce, and they are scarce because together, they made a stupid combination no one wanted.

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  1. When I was a young shooter in Sunnyside, Washington, I hung around the 2nd hand store to help the Lady who ran it as her husband went to his regular day job. Besides picking up extra money to buy ammo with I was given the task of cleaning and oiling up old guns that they acquired (some of which I had to test fire, of course. One day she asked me if I was interested in an old military “gun” and I said sure. What she dug out from one of the old chests was dirty/rusty ol’ gun that turned out to be a 1903 Mannlicher-Schoenauer in 6.5mm. It cleaned up pretty good and had a bright bore as the dirt/rust turned out to be cosmoline. This was the sweetest gun I every owned and I shot several deer with it before I went into the service when I gave it to my big brother who sold it to buy a sporterized ’03 Springfield that could NOT hit the barn door at 100 yards. When I came home I tried really hard to buy the Mannlicher-Schoenauer back but the man knew what it was and would NOT part with it. I recently bought a 6.5 Swede Model 94 (sporterized) which has become my best shooter as it has a fast, smooth swing that makes running shots seem easy. Regards, Ray

    • The 1903 M-S carbines are classics, Back in the early 20th century they were carried by adventurous hunters and explorers to remote places all over the world.

      Your 6.5 Swede sounds like a nice rifle as well.

      Sorry to be so long in responding. I wasn’t aware there were comments on the web site until recently, like the idea.

      Best regards, Dave Anderson

  2. Parke Petersen says:

    I found my father a 1898 Springfield Krag Action rifle in 30 US (30-40 Krag). This caliber and rifle do go together, butter smooth action and minimal recoil even with a steel butt plate. Made in 1901 it still shoots just under 3″ at 100 yards, not bad in my view for a 110 year old military rifle. I too own a 6.5 x 55 Swede and it also shoots excellent holding under 2″ groups at 100 yards with original iron sights and military configuration. Nice post and obviously I agree some rifle and caliber combinations do not go well together. Example: I saw a very nice 1917 Enfield custom in 45-70 Gov’t at a recent show and said to myself, “great looking gun, but why would anyone do this up in this combination?” To each their own, just didn’t make sense to me!

  3. I recently was gifted a pre 68′ Savage 340 in 222 Rem and I love the gun i believe the two are a perfect combo together. It shoots dead center at 100 yards with 1″ groups. Its a light gun with no recoil and very little rust. I’m only 23 and have already started collecting classics and I was as happy as could be when I was given this rifle.

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