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Offline Baltimore Ed

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Found a 1903 Carl Gustav 6.5x55 Swede to play with.
« on: May 04, 2022, 11:25:14 AM »
Was at the Raleigh show last weekend and found this cutie. Carl Gustav 1903 Swedish Mauser. All the numbers match except the barrel bands. It has a couple offset holes in the recvr bridge. Pretty clean except for a dab of rust on the buttplate and at the upper swivel. A few dings and a little wood damage at the buttplate. Bore looks dark but good. The seller’s price started at 700.00 with a box of ammo when I first looked at it. I walked away to check out the rest of the show. When I returned I looked harder at it and he came down to 600.00 and as it was my birthday gave me a second box and a leather Swede sling from another rifle. Other than the heavy mainspring and straight bolt I’m going to like this antique. I’ve got dies, a Lyman #266469 mould and other goodies on the way. I’m planning on converting .308 brass as I found 57 nice pieces in my shop stuff. Got them in the tumbler now. That will give me 97 to reload. I cut 5 coils from the spring, big dif. And another bonus, it’s extra safe as a po painted the safety red!

5-6 update- my dies, shellholder, lee case trim have arrived. Tonight I’ll build some brass.
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Re: Found a 1903 Carl Gustav 6.5x55 Swede to play with.
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2022, 03:36:18 PM »
Been working on reforming brass out of 30-06 and ran into a snag with my reformed brass being too long. I’ve had to take 15 thousands off the top of my ‘06 shell holder to get the brass far enough into the sizer for the bolt to close on them. Might take a hair more. I don’t know if I have a short chamber or long sizer die but the bolt is numbered to the recvr and the factory stuff chambers fine. I think I might need to take .005 off the sizer too. My mould will be here tomorrow.

Update-Mould arrived along with Sages gas checks. Got 40 pcs made. Next to cast a couple hundred and size and lube them. Lubrisizer die came the other day.
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Re: Found a 1903 Carl Gustav 6.5x55 Swede to play with.
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2022, 07:31:13 AM »
Got some 6mm Remington brass to modify. They run fine in my Swede. I also met a shooter on another forum who has 6.5x55 brass and bullets and is willing to trade for wheel weights. I’m waiting on his stuff to arrive and then I’ll line the box with luan, fill it and send it back. A bud at yesterday’s BAMM borrowed 4 of my 6mm reloads for his 96/38 Swede, ran fine in his rifle. I used my 96 in the last stage. Definitely going to get that straight bolt bent but not enough to interfere with the stock. Bought an unissued bolt so the numbered original will not be messed with. It will have to be fit as it will not close. Still working on the annealer.
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Re: Found a 1903 Carl Gustav 6.5x55 Swede to play with.
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2022, 08:28:18 AM »
Thanks for the tip on 6mm brass for the Swede! Gonna have to try that.
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Re: Found a 1903 Carl Gustav 6.5x55 Swede to play with.
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2022, 10:25:47 AM »
Deacon, I just ran the 6mm Rem through my 6.5 sizer and shortened them a little.
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Re: Found a 1903 Carl Gustav 6.5x55 Swede to play with.
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2022, 04:27:35 PM »
They are beautiful rifles, congratulations.

 

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