Steyr Mannlicher Schoenauer Model 72 .308 Win. Bolt Action Rifle, MFD 1973
SOLD FOR: $1475
Make: Steyr Mannlicher
Model: Mannlicher Schoenauer Model 72 L/M
Serial Number: 3211
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Caliber: .308 WINCHESTER
Action Type: Bolt Action with Double Set Triggers and Internal 5-Round Rotary Magazine
Markings: The top left of the receiver is marked with a STEYR logo and “MANNLICHER SCHONAUER M72 / MADE IN AUSTRIA”. The right rear of the receiver is marked “3211”, a German Eagle proof, an “NPv” proof and a “73” date code. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “11”, “NPv”, an Eagle proof and “73”. The left side of the barrel in front of the rear sight is marked “I.E.S. SKOKIE ILL.” and “.308 Win.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “UNORM M3170 STLF3”. The bottom rear of the magazine floorplate is marked with a Steyr logo.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed into a finely checkered ramped base. The rear sight is a flat topped square notch dovetail set into a tall base on the barrel. There are two piece Redfield style mounts on the receiver for the included 1” blued steel rings.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is checkered walnut with an oiled finish, pistol grip and Monte Carlo comb and cheekpiece. The pistol grip has a walnut grip cap with white spacer and an inset white diamond. The forend has a rosewood tip with white spacer and there is a brown rubber vented recoil pad with a Steyr logo on and white spacer on the butt. There are sling swivels installed at the butt and on the forend. The stock has a few light handling marks with a few tiny compressions mark in the lower edge of the cheek piece, a compression mark above the back of the trigger guard on the left side, several minor dings on the forward edge of the grip, a few shallow scrapes on the right side near the bolt handle groove, and a shallow scrape in the wood above the magazine floorplate on the left side. There are also several shallow compression marks between the checkering and the magazine floorplate on the underside of the forend. The checkering is sharp with a few spots of light wear in the grip area and compression marks in the checkering on the rear underside of the forend. The LOP measures 13 5/16” from the front of the rear trigger and 14 1/4” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The pad is soft, shows only minor marks, and is in Excellent condition. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. Our bore gauge measures a ME of 0.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks on the barrel and the magazine floorplate, with marks through the finish around the screw at the rear of the trigger guard as well as a few minor nicks on the guard. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a rotary magazine with a button on the right side of the receiver for releasing the cartridges out the top of the magazine without having to feed them through the action. This rifle has double set triggers—with the rear trigger set, the front trigger breaks crisply at 10 oz. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: The Redfield style scope mounts and rings are included.
Our Assessment: This is really a nice looking, well-made rifle and it’s hard to believe it was made back in 1973. It has an internal rotary magazine, spoon bolt handle and double set triggers. This rifle is in Excellent condition with about 98% of its original finish remaining. It shows only a few light marks in the metal, and several shallow compression marks in the wood. The .308 Winchester chambering is perfect for deer and antelope, and can be used on all North American game animals. Add a scope to this rifle and you will have a great rifle for deer hunting. It is only 7 lbs. 1 oz., so you can carry it all day without wearing a hole in your shoulder. It is made with typical Austrian quality and should easily last the next owner another 40 years.