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quig
02-15-2012, 10:54 AM
I am in the process of cleaning up some family items and came across this bolt action.

I am still researching, but would like to know if anyone has any quick info or positive ID of this rifle.

So far, I know;

That it is a 30-06 FN Herstal-Belgian.

I think;

It is a model 1950, Mauser? Lightweight?

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af35/lafdquig/24d82d6c.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af35/lafdquig/7034983c.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af35/lafdquig/42fccbb5.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af35/lafdquig/7fa28223.jpg

There is also a German scope that is mounted which I have no idea the brand or quality.

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af35/lafdquig/aef58de2.jpg

Any info to assist in my research will be appreciated.

Also, any idea of the value?

Thanks

wildwilly
02-15-2012, 11:03 AM
It's definitely a Belgium FN Mauser. Browning FN's contoured their barrels like what you have.

GunDog
02-15-2012, 11:08 AM
Interesting scope/base/ring set up. I've never seen anything like it before.

chillincody
02-15-2012, 11:17 AM
Wow beautiful rifle

killshot44
02-15-2012, 11:24 AM
Sign up with GunBroker.com and list it there. It WILL sell.

That scope is made by the forerunner of Zeiss scopes, which are high-end and expensive. Info about it here: http://www.gunsinternational.com/Hensoldt-Wetzlar-Diatal-forerunner-of-Zeiss-4x32mm-Bar-Mounted-with-Claws.cfm?gun_id=100229806

quig
02-15-2012, 11:27 AM
I'm actually not interested in selling, just curious of the price.

I am researching just to know the history.

Thanks for the info on the scope!

Also, I added a pic of the receiver which apparently shows the "crests" of the reining king at the time the rifle was made.

knerona
02-15-2012, 12:09 PM
I was hoping by the title, that there was a new show on PBS with a Bob Villa type and old guns.. LOL.

quig
02-15-2012, 12:11 PM
"American Rifleman" has a segment called This Old Gun that I was using. Haha.

ScottB
02-15-2012, 12:40 PM
Post-war commercial FN Mauser sporter. The bases may be a claw mount. The scope is old, but very good quality. Germans used them for sniper scopes in the war. I think there is actually still a market for them. The scope is unusual for an American sporter, but the stock is in the American style as is the pad. I'm guessing the FN barrel was rechambered and the rifle was re-stocked over here or with the intention of selling it over here. The checkering is especially fine.

freonr22
02-15-2012, 12:48 PM
I am not sure this is the exact one, but looks similar maybe

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=273658430

gun toting monkeyboy
02-15-2012, 3:17 PM
I don't know if it was rebarreled or restocked. They sold them over here. The only unusual feature is the scope and mount. But it is not that unusual. IIRC, you could order them with that kind of mount. And there are plenty of gunsmiths that could have mounted it that way as well.

-Mb

ScottB
02-15-2012, 6:56 PM
I don't know if it was rebarreled or restocked. They sold them over here. The only unusual feature is the scope and mount. But it is not that unusual. IIRC, you could order them with that kind of mount. And there are plenty of gunsmiths that could have mounted it that way as well.

-Mb

I'm looking at the Belgian proofs and an American caliber (looks like it could have been stamped in later), an american style stock (cheekpiece, pad, general contours) with different qualities of checkering: The wrist/grip/gripcap looks european and the forend looks American as does the hooded front sight, bolt handle and trigger. Old style Mauser safety. No cutout on the left side of the reciever suggests a commercial action. Claw mounts are very expensive and would be machined to that specific set of rings/bases = not American. Scope is something that would have been very available in postwar Europe, not so much in the US. I think it was made for export or ordered by an American in the late 40's or 1950's

chuckdc
02-15-2012, 8:12 PM
the scope is a Hensoldt. They are now part of Zeiss. Good quality optics. I have a pair of binoculars made by them back in the 1930s that belonged to my grandfather. Hensoldt was located in what became East Germany.

smog7
02-15-2012, 8:24 PM
Not sure on the details, but that is one beautiful rifle!

Why can't modern day hunting rifles be as elegant as this?

peter95
02-15-2012, 9:19 PM
Its very nice.... I am jealous......

sorry i can't be much help, but it def looks like a beautiful piece from the past... Enjoy it =)

VegasND
02-15-2012, 9:43 PM
That is a nice looking rifle.

I like that you're going to keep it; be sure to take it shooting from time to time.