SOLD FOR: $1,370
Make: Steyr Mannlicher
Model: SL (Super Light)
Serial Number: 255666
Year of Manufacture: 1994 (LDF Date Code)
Caliber: .223 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action, Removable Rotary Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Gun South, Inc., Trussv. Al. / .223 REM.”, the right is marked with two proof marks, the date code and a shield. The left side of the receiver is marked with the company logo and “STEYR-MANNLICHER-SL”, the right is marked “MADE IN AUSTRIA”, with the serial number, two proof marks, date code and serial number. The right side of the front scope mount is marked “CONETROL / SEGUIN TEXAS”, the scope is marked “LEUPOLD / 1X4 VARIABLE – X II”. The bolt and bolt cap are marked “22.04.0021”, the underside of the bolt handle is marked “66” with two proof marks. The recoil pad and magazine are marked with Steyr’s logo, the magazine is also marked “.223 REM.”
Barrel Length: 20”, Hammer Forged
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned into a serrated ramp base that is fixed to the barrel; the sight is hinged on the pin and is spring loaded, adjustable for elevation via a turn wheel. The rear iron sight is a “V” notched blade, integral to a base that is dovetailed onto a high profile barrel mounted base. The rear of the sight has a white triangle for sight acquisition. The top of the receiver has a two piece Conetrol brand ring and base system, holding a Leupold 1 to 4 power variable X II scope with duplex crosshair. The image is bright with sharp contrast; the objectives have no visible damages, the scope has minor marks and rates in Excellent condition. A set of rubber connected Anderson Gun Shop lens covers are included.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is oil finished walnut with a checkered forend that stretches in thin form to the blued forend cap. The rifle has a pistol grip with darker stained wood cap, a curved ‘Bavarian Style’ comb and checkering on the flanks of the wrist, which has a swell on the right hand to accompany a right handed shooter’s grip but does not limit the user for RH only handling. The stock has light handling marks that increase in occurrence towards the end of the stock; the flanks of the butt stock near the recoil pad have longer, more notable marks, please see our pictures. There is an area of tone variation on the right side of the stock by the recoil pad that looks to be from light water damage. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the rubber recoil pad. The LOP measures 14 3/8” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the pad; the pad is brown and fit with a black spacer; the material is hard but pliable and has two cut marks on the face from the screws having been accessed at some point. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light handling marks, infrequently occurring on the spiral finished hammer forged barrel; the bolt and inside of the receiver have some wear loss from normal operation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single trigger pull breaks at 2lbs 14oz and when double set, the pull broke UNDER an ounce! The action is slick and all controls respond with an audible ‘click’. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is one five round rotary magazine that has light wear from use. Also included is a factory user’s manual, both rate in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a fast handling double set trigger rifle with a 1 to 4 power Leupold scope and incredible sub-ounce trigger pull. The wood and metal have minor handling marks and cosmetic blemishes; the right side of the stock by the recoil pad has an area of color variation from light water marks. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and has a unique spiraled pattern from the hammer forging process. Chambered in .223 Remington, this Mannlicher stocked bolt action will be reliable and accurate in the field. Its rotary, removable magazine makes for quick reloading which is nice for such a sporting round. From Wikipedia: “The .223 Remington (5.56×45mm) is a cartridge that is ballistically in between its predecessors, the .222 Remington, and the.222 Remington Magnum. The .223/5.56 was developed to fit the action length of the new M16 service rifle. The .223/5.56 quickly became popular as a civilian cartridge because of the availability of brass, and the chambering of commercial varmint rifles in that caliber. Shortly after military acceptance of the M16, the semi-automatic version, the AR-15 became available, making the .223 cartridge even more popular.”