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.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
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.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.....
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.
You have an exquisite model 1903 Mannlicher Shoenauer. The 6.5x54MS is a superb round for deer (or anything else of similar size.) The 160gr class bullets have BC off the scale and will punch holes through almost anything. Germans and Austrians use the caliber on red stag and boar as well as roe deer. Solids from this little rifle (along with 7x57 and .303) were used by "Karamojo" Bell to brain and amazing number of elephant.
Essentially, all mounts are post factory. You could have ordered it with telescopic sight installed, but even then, the work would have been outsourced. Most installed in Europe are claws of one type or another. Yours is a different variation (levers and studs rather than claws) but also most likely European. Though I have never seen that particular style before. Redfield also made a version of their mount that used a variation of their rings and bases once the receiver was drilled and tapped. The front was drilled normally - the rear attached back left. They can occasionally be found on ebay and similar sites.
The scope is almost certainly from between the wars and may or may not still be usable. A gifted gunmaker like JJ Perodeaux http://jjperodeau.com/ in this country could make new rings to fit those bases allowing the use of quality modern optics. Perhaps there is a similar savant in Canada? He did that for my little carbine shown below with the original period scope and soldered rings.
In any case, congrats on discovering a truly wonderful thing.
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.
Congratulations Mr. Macdonald!
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.
I think the 1325.22 under the barrel mean produced in 1922, the push-knob to remove the bolt mean pre-1924, after that they canged it to a lever aka M98.
The 6,5x54 with the original 160 grainer is famous for good penetration..