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Default Swedish M41B ... Update! It arrived

I went out on a limb this weekend and bid on a Swedish M41B at an online estate auction. The auction pics were few and not that great and the description very spare, but I bid accordingly.

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Description advised that it is a "Mauser Carl Gustafs 1899 Sniper Rifle".

I'll post better pics and description when I get it.
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Now you'll have two. D&T mount this afternoon. Stock mods as well.
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Thanks, SVT.

Hoping it lives up to the promise
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Nice. Wish the M-41B I have still had its scope.
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Nice! Those are very sweet rifles, let us know how it shoots.
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Thanks, guys. Looking forward to shooting this one and reporting back.
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Congrats Mustang. How does the bore look?
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Got it at an online estate sale...haven't got it in my hands yet.
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The M41B arrived at my FFL today. I got a chance to grab a few pictures before it went into the safe for the 10 day "cooling off" period.

It looks legit...

Bolt is blued and matching (body). The bolt sleeve, cocking piece and safety match each other, but not the bolt body.



There is an M55 adjustable rear sight mounted



Base and scope mount serial number match (19530) and appear to be correct for the receiver date (1899)


Stock apprear to be beech replacement (common for these rifles, I'm told) and has a single crown cartouche behind the trigger guard.



Scope and mount appear to be correct for the M41B


Anyone see anything out of place?
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Anyone see anything out of place?
Yes, I see a rifle that should be in my safe

Joking aside, I know nothing about these but that looks like a keeper

Congrats, looks like the limb you went out on was sturdy
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Thanks, hsc.

Forgot to mention...scope is clear and sharp
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Looks right. The finish on the bolt parts is called "Dulite". It's more of a black than a blue.
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Would you say that is more or less crudely made than a Mosin?






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Would you say that is more or less crudely made than a Mosin?






About the same, when compared to that pinnacle of military bolt action rifle perfection, the Italian 1891 Carcano, in whose mighty shadow they both cower.
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Looks very nice, does everything match? The crown marking looks spot on, and the scope looks correct. The actual scope serial did not match other other numbers.

Sometimes there is another number stamped at the front of the mount that is different than the others, I've been told that is ok because it was upgraded to the Ajax style mount later on. The date tag of 72 means it was refurbed to that state in 1972.

Stock is also numbered inside the barrel channel. Front band and buttcap also should have numbers.

Any import mark? Samco stamped at the front of the barrel behind the sight, usually on the side.

What does the stock disk say?

The Ajax is the finest ww2 scope bar none, it was almost 30 years ahead of it's time.






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I gave it a quick once-over before my FFL put it in the safe for the 10 day "cooling off" period.

The bolt body matches the serial number. The bolt shroud, safety, and cocking piece do not match, but match each other. Barrel bands do not match.

I did get a pic of the stock disk...



Better pics after I've "cooled off".
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Nice, these rifles are getting extremely rare. Since the Samco closure, parts have also dried up.

Stock disc means 6.51mm, add +0 or +8? Bore condition (1-3) seems to mark at 2. Looks like a barrel halfway through it's service life, which is pretty good.

What's crazy to me are the prices on these. I bought mine with all accessories including the numbered can, scope tool, sling, bayo, etc. and it cost me $2500 5 years ago.

I look at GB from time to time and always expect these things to reach crazy prices, considering badly faked German stuff is getting bids for thousands and thousands. But not really, it's pretty steady at around 2k for mostly matching and 3-4k for complete matching rifles with accessories.

Given the quality of these things, I would think they should be eclipsing at least 5k (should be 10k!).
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Thanks, Dgf. I have been watching for one of these for a while. Glommed it for a pretty good price.

There was one at the Rock Island Auction last week that went for $5175, w/o many of the accessories.

https://www.rockislandauction.com/de...n-sniper-rifle
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Very nice find. Congrats. I also am surprised the prices have not moved much on the Swedish Snipers. I think it has to do with the lack of wartime use. Same reason Swedes and Swiss Rifles lag far behind German Rifles. You certainly can't argue with the quality of the Swedes and Swiss.

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Very nice find. Congrats. I also am surprised the prices have not moved much on the Swedish Snipers. I think it has to do with the lack of wartime use. Same reason Swedes and Swiss Rifles lag far behind German Rifles. You certainly can't argue with the quality of the Swedes and Swiss.

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I finally cooled off enough to pick up my Swedish M41B






I'll attempt a range trip tomorrow.
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Very nice. I was so very close to getting one. A friend bought another one from a well known dealer and was going to sell me his old one. However the new one was not up to par so he is keeping his old one.

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Looks very nice, I like the crisp edges on the stock- no sanding.

Only issue with these is the cheek weld- I use a simple velcro strap on pad.

On the AJAX- avoid hitting the upper and lower stops on the elevation. It has a moving reticle design, and the stops are prone to sliding off their screw with the elevation all the way down.

I also dumped the scope once because of the quick release- it's pretty scary. Luckily it fell right on to my bed! Just have to be a little more careful and mindful of these.
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Looks very nice, I like the crisp edges on the stock- no sanding.

Only issue with these is the cheek weld- I use a simple velcro strap on pad.

On the AJAX- avoid hitting the upper and lower stops on the elevation. It has a moving reticle design, and the stops are prone to sliding off their screw with the elevation all the way down.

I also dumped the scope once because of the quick release- it's pretty scary. Luckily it fell right on to my bed! Just have to be a little more careful and mindful of these.
Thanks, Dgf!

I've got one of those strap on reproduction cheek risers and will attach it before hitting the range. And will be careful with the scoipe.
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What's the caliber on it?
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I have that. I bought a Swedish Mauser 20+ years ago that was sporterized by Kimber. Best rifle I ever bought and I knew nothing about it. The price was right for 400 bucks.

I love shooting it. I reload for it since it's cheaper to do so with the copper ammo we have to use now.
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I had both the repro and the real one out and thought a picture was in order...

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