1903 Mannlicher Schoenauer 6.5x54, Questions

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  1. 7x57Joe

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    Dean, I think you did great although not a steal by any means, it is more than reasonable especially for the condition of it. I would've tore the pocket of my jeans getting the money out!;):D
     

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    Hi Dean

    Your mount is a "Wiener Schnaepper Montage", means "snap mount from vienna"

    NPV means "Nitro Proof Vienna"....

    At that time, there where two proof houses in Austria, Vienna NPV and Ferlach NPF.

    All the Schoenauers of that time (1922) are NPV

    C6,5 means, it is a 6,5mm barrel


    HWL
     
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  3. Dean Macdonald

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    Thank you for the information HWL, I appreciate it. Any and all information that trickles down to me just adds a little bit more personality to that old rifle. The fact that the mounts and scope come from the same time period make me want to take it hunting this fall even more.
     

  4. Trakehner

    Trakehner AH Senior Member

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    Lovely rifles, and factory ammo is fairly easily available. I’ve got a 1905 & 1908 Mannlichers...painfully accurate. The 1905 was my grandfather’s and I got to use it tagging along on safaris when I was a kid. Great rifles...shoot it, they’re tough rifles and the scopes can be rebuilt.
     
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    Eessshhh..my heart bleeds just looking at your fotos of a SUPERB rifle..congrats!
     

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    Could one of you shed some light on this one for me please? The photo is of the front of the receiver on a 1903. Thanks! DSC03333.jpg
     

  7. HWL

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    This rifle was made between 1938 and 1945, when Austria was part of Germany.

    A piece of history, do not destroy it by mounting a scope on it.....

    HWL
     
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    I have no intention of altering this one as it appears to be original. I have never seen one marked this way but my experience is limited. Congratulations on acquiring that 9.3x64! Thank you again for the education.
    Dirtdart
     

  9. Dean Macdonald

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    An update of sorts on how this rifle shoots for me. First the good... it will group nice 1.5 inch groups at 100m, and I have had no problems hitting the 200m and 300m gongs at my local shooting range. This is all while peering through the scope. Very pleased.
    Now the bad... I found a steady supply of Prvi Partisan ammo to feed this rifle, decent price, easy to get shipped to me. Now, when I drop one shell at a time onto the breech and close the bolt, no problem at all. If, however, I load one or several shells into the magazine then try to close the bolt - no go. I took the rifle to my gunsmith and it seems to be in perfect mechanical order. We then tried some vintage Dominion brand (1960's ?) ammo he had on hand, and all of them fed through very slick, no hang-ups.
    Either the shoulder of the Prvi Partisan ammo is a little different and gets hung up in the magazine, or the bullets themselves are too short/too fat to slide up the feeding ramp.
    Has anyone experienced anything similar in their 1903's ? Any ideas or suggestions would really make my day.
    Thanks
     

  10. Hammergun

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    A common problem in 1903's with Privi ammo. Mine does it too. On another forum a poster said that the 1903 is very sensitive to over all length of the cartridge. He stated the Privi is a bit shorter than spec and this causes the problem. I just polished the feed ramp and work the bolt smartly and they feed good enough.

    The oal is supposed to be 3 inches. The Privi is about a 16th short.
     
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  11. Dean Macdonald

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    Aaaahhh.... I see. That makes sense to me. I have a friend who reloads during the winter up here, and I think I will try and find a set of reloading dies, then talk him into loading some proper length ammo for me. I thank you for your information Hammergun.
    Just on a side note; Do you happen to know if Prvi Partisan brass make for good reloads?
     

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    I've been saving all my brass but haven't reloaded yet. Everything I've read says that the Privi brass is good stuff.
     

  13. Brian B

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    I have a model 1905 MS 9 by 56. It has a split bridge requiring special mounts. New England Custom Gun outfitted mine with the mounts (made in Germany). They are quick detach such that the open sights can still be used.
     

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    How is your ammunition supply?

    Pictures please,...this is a porn site!!! ;)

    HWL
     

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    Once, Lee made a Lee Loader in 6,5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer.

    Inexpensive, and nontheless a great tool ...sometimes you cane find one on ebay...


    HWL
     

  16. Dean Macdonald

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    Thank you, I will take a look around the web and see what comes up.
     

  17. Brian Rothhammer

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    Congratulations Mr. Macdonald!

    As others have stated, what you have had the fortune to purchase is a Mannlicher Schönauer M1903 (6.5X54) Stutzen (full stocked carbine) that was proofed at Vienna in 1922. The 'prewar' MS is considered by many to be among the finest sporting arms ever built, and with a legendary smooth action that has no equal. It looks to be almost entirely original (the tang safety is not), and they are quite valuable as well as very highly regarded 'classics'. As overused as that word is, the MS is worthy of it. Think Duesenberg (your MS) compared to V16 Cadillac (Oberndorf Mauser).
    Also correct is the information regarding the 'Vienna Snapper' scope mount (rather typical on these). The Kahles scope is appropriate to the firearm. I wouldn't replace it unless you have an alternate scope mounted to new rings and claws (a rather expensive endeavor, but parts are available from New England Gun) while keeping the Kahles intact and original.

    The +.05 / -.05 are factory marks to indicate proper fit of barrel to receiver. "Osterr. Waffenfabr. Ges. Steyr" is the name of the firm (Steyr) that manufactured the MS, which falls in line with the 1922 proof date as the name was changed in 1926 to Steyr Werke AG.

    The 'tang safety' is not original to the firearm and must have been (expertly, it seems) added post - manufacture. I don't know why, unless the wing safety interferes with the scope. There is a trap door on the steel buttplate. Inside will be three holes, one for a four piece cleaning rod (if you're lucky, it's in there), two for 'oh sh#t' rounds.

    Your rear trigger is a 'set' trigger, the front a 'hair' trigger, and the screw between adjusts the let off. Muzzloading sites will provide you with further information about double set triggers. If you don't like them, a Mannlicher Schönauer single trigger is a direct interchange - they 'swap out' - and can be found as parts since the more common military issued 'Greek Mannlicher' used them.

    Your feeding problems are due to the fact that the Schoenauer rotary magazine, though literally the smoothest fuctioning ever devised, is very particular as to what it is fed. Acquire ammunition that is made to the exact physical profile of the original (DWM 477) issue for effortless feeding. Loading your own will assure the best function and performance.

    The best online resource for information regarding Mannlicher Schönauer rifles and carbines is the forum section of NitroExpress.com, where I and many others have posted such.
     
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    I'll try posting photos again (I'm a 'newbie' here).

    Here are pages 50, 51, 52 of the 1939 Stoeger Catalog. Stoeger claimed to be the 'sole importer of Mannlicher Schoenauer Rifles and Carbines' to the U.S.:

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    The interference with the scope is one reason

    Another one is often overlooked.

    With this kind of additional "tang safety", you can unload a loaded gun while in safe condition.

    This feature first appeard with the Mauser three position flag safety, Mannlicher was not allowed to copy.

    The safety of the original Mannlicher-Schoenauer had two positions only.



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  20. Brian Rothhammer

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    You are correct regarding the proof house number and year.

    The sectional density of the 6.5X54 was, indeed, something. Walter Dalrymple Maitland Bell used them (with precise shot placement) on elephant with success.

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    The bolt release shape was changed with the introduction of the (post ww2 production) 1950 model. Pre ww2 manufactured MS have the 'early type' release.

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    1950 MS release
     
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