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#567450 - 03/16/20 02:49 PM Re: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903 manufacturing question [Re: montenegrin]
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Hello Montenegrin:

Sorry to be so slow getting back to you... I've been traveling.

The # of the M1903 is5633. This is one of a pair (sequential serial #s), and it is actually the other one that is marked "Vienne". I can't find any marks on the stock of the custom LH gun, but it does have a rather unique clip-on cheek piece for scope use (in addition to the raised cheek piece on the right side of the butt) marked "D.R.G.M." on the metal.

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GrouseGuy

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#567463 - 03/16/20 05:30 PM Re: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903 manufacturing question [Re: Grouse Guy]
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With the D.R.G.M. it was possibly (re)stocked in Germany, or at least with German parts for the cheek piece.
Mike

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#567469 - 03/16/20 06:25 PM Re: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903 manufacturing question [Re: Grouse Guy]
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When I was more rifleman than bird shooter some 60 years ago, I was attracted to all the interest in the Mannlicher Schoenauer, mostly because of the calibre. It looked cool and practical. (I almost bit.) What is the main reason for its popularity to this day?

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#567473 - 03/16/20 07:25 PM Re: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903 manufacturing question [Re: King Brown]
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The detailed machining and hand-fitting that went into the M-S guns were almost second-to-none, and they handle like a fine shotgun. They were fairly expensive, even for their day. Nobody is quite sure how the Greek army could afford them. E. Hemingway both wrote about the gun, and often carried one on the Pilar.
Today the 6.5mm is still considered to be one of the most efficient projectiles ever engineered, with both high b.c. and s.d., so even though it starts "slow" out of the 6.5X54 at around 2,600fps, it also sheds velocity slowly and is likely to punch deeply through any game. Mine at over a century old shoots bug-hole groups with 140 Hornady Interlocks.


Edited by Grouse Guy (03/17/20 09:46 AM)

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#567542 - 03/17/20 07:32 PM Re: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903 manufacturing question [Re: Grouse Guy]
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Thanks. I didn't factor M-S b.c and s.d.features. I settled in 1950 on CZ Brno 7 X 57. You've raised my curiosity again.

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#567624 - 03/18/20 08:18 PM Re: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1903 manufacturing question [Re: Grouse Guy]
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Mannlicher-Schoenauer Vs. Mauser (& clones):
I have had a lot of experiece with Mausers since my teens. But at age 20 I bought myself my first M-S ...
Almost half a century later I have a couple of '98 Mausers, both redone by famous Ferlach gunmakers, one "modern" Mauser M226 (KDF-Kleinguenther), and around eight 'Schoenauers of most ages (1903-1950). I prefer the vintage Steyr product by far. If I could keep only one magazine rifle it would likely be my pre-WWI M1905 stutzen converted to 6.5x57. Smooth as silk and a joy to shoot and carry.

With kind regards,
Jani

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