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Old January 11, 2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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6.5x55 Sporter

Greetings all. I have a question concerning a Swedish Mauser 6.5x55 I picked up a while ago. I adore it. All matching #'s. Unfortunately, the rifle had been "sporterized" before I acquired it. Still, that fact doesn't diminish one bit the way I like shooting it. My question is, does the shortened barrel on my rifle affect its accuracy?
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Old January 11, 2010, 08:43 PM   #2
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Not if it was evenly crowned after it was sawn off.
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Old January 11, 2010, 09:21 PM   #3
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One way to find out.
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Old January 11, 2010, 10:40 PM   #4
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Like the previous poster said if its crowned correctly it should shoot fine.Its a shame its been sportered but it should make a great hunting or target rifle for you.
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Old January 14, 2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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I have a shortened barrel M96 Swede sporter. While it is certainly not a one hole shooter at 100yards, it is accurate and capable of less than 1" groups when I do my job. I also had a sporter M94 Swede with about a 17" long barrel. Company that imported it years ago, had put about a 1 1/2" extension on the original barrel to make it legal to sell back then. Had a good bore in it and the rifle consistenly shot under a 1 1/2" 100 yard group. Did watch a guy at our range one day with a sporter shortened barrel Swede, shooting at 200 yard target. LOL, guy brought in target and I took a look at it. Egads, guy was shooting quarter size goups with his Swede.
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Old January 14, 2010, 02:08 PM   #6
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I have one that originally came shortened, made in 1907. With a moderate load of 3031 and Sierra 120 SPT bullets, it will shoot 3-shot groups from a sand bag into 1 or 1.25" at 100 yards - good enough for deer for me
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