SOLD FOR: $1,450.00
Serial Number: 5935
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Rotary Magazine Rifle With Set Trigger
Markings: The left side of the barrel at the chamber is marked “51” and with two proof marks. The right side of the barrel is marked with the serial number, found again on the right side of the receiver’s chamber ring, the bottom of the ‘butter knife’ bolt handle, and the tower of the rear scope ring. The left side of the receiver is marked “STEYR-DAIMLER-PUCH A.G., STEYR” and with a Steyr logo, found again on the floorplate. The top of the receiver at the chamber ring is marked “MADE IN AUSTRIA / Original / Mannlicher / Schoenauer / Mod. 1950 / KAL. .30-06” though much of this is obscured by the front scope base. The left side of the front scope ring is marked “STEYR”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded bead at the top of a finely checkered ramped base attached to the front barrel band. The rear sight is a “U”-notch leaf with a second, taller folding “U”-notch leaf dovetailed to a band at the barrel shank. There is a base installed at the chamber ring and another on the left-rear of the receiver. The front base has a ring installed attached to the objective bell and the rear has a one-piece tower/ring combination attached the rear of the body of a K. Kahles Wien H/4×60 scope (60 in this case refers to luminosity, not the dimensions of the scope). The reticle is a duplex with four very thick posts which become thin towards the middle with an aiming point in the center. The scope appears to be adjustable for elevation only with a dial at the top of the scope body. Windage appears to be adjusable via the bases. The bottom of the scope body toward the front is marked “95”. The glass is clear. The scope has thinning finish at the edges of the bells and a couple of light marks of surface oxidation. Overall, the scope is in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The full-stock is a one-piece walnut with a lacquered finish, checkered forend and checkered pistol grip with cap, steel nosecap, sling swivels mounted at the mid-barrel band and toe-line, cheek piece, straight comb and with Stubb’s Hardware ventilated orange rubber pad. The stock has several light to moderate marks, compressions and scuffs scattered throughout, the most notable a drag-line and two compressions on the left side above the front of the trigger guard. The checkering is lightly worn but highly defined. There are no cracks and no chips. The wood is slightly shy to the buttpad spacer. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the stock, 13 7/8″ to the back of the buttpad which is still somewhat supple but has obviously compressed toward the top (view pictures of ventilation on sides). The set trigger is 1″ to the rear of the triger making LOP from it 12″ and 12 7/8″ to the end of the stock and pad, respectibely. The stock is in about Fine condition overall.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. There is thinning finish on the edges of the front sight hood, the corners of the rear sight leaves, the edges of the trigger guard, and the bottom edge of the bolt handle. The bolt shows moerate operational wear. There is carrying wear on the front-left of the magazine floorplate. The left side of the receiver has evidence of light pinprick erosion under the new finish. The barrel finish has gone slightly plum. The markings are clear with soft edges. The screw heads are sharp. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: We did not fire this rifle. The action functions properly. The trigger is crisp. When the trigger has been set it breaks very crisply at approximately 9oz. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with the scope and mounts as described as well as a leather Boyt military sling with heavy verdigris on the brass adjustment hooks and light discoloration of the leather. The leather is cracking at the swivels. The stitching appears to all be intact. Overall, the sling is in about Good condition.
Our Assessment: You don’t see rifles like this every day. The model 1950 was a post-war version of the Mannlicher-Schoenauer model 1903 with a longer high-velocity action. This example was built in 1951 and chambered in .30-06. All of its numbered parts match including the scope base which holds a neat fixed 4x Kahles scope. The set trigger was a popular option and makes the trigger beautifully crisp and light. The action functions very smoothly and this ought to make a great hunting rifle if it doesn’t end up with a collector. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred/sold in California.