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Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle...updated with range report

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Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle...updated with range report

#1 Post by Calfed » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:47 pm

Several years back I got a great deal on a Swedish M96. It is not a total mixmaster...bolt and bolt components, receiver, and buttplate match. Floorplate, barrel bands and bolt release do not. Bore is great.

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My cheap camera can't quite capture the bore's shine.

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I never really shot it much, but here is 5 rounds of the PPU 120gr "target ammo" @ 100 yards shot with iron sights right after I got it.

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A few months ago I decided to convert one of my M96's into a Swedish sniper rifle for use in the CMP vintage sniper rifle matches. This one got the nod. I bought an Accumount repro scope mount and sent it to a trusted gunsmith. He is fairly busy and it took some months for him to complete the job. In the mean time I got a smoking deal on a real Swedish M41B sniper rifle, but that is a different story.

After he completed the job, he sent me several pictures of the rifle and I must admit, it came out looking good.

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I'll post more pics and a range report when I can.

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#2 Post by Polock » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:51 pm

Looks good! I often wonder why more CMP sniper competitors do not use Swede 96s. Seems to me that the combo of the accurate M96/6.5 cartridge and ability to use the older Weaver K4 are an affordable alternative to 03s and 03A4s.
Good luck at the match, and congrats on scoring a real M41B---
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Re: Faux Swedish M41B sniper rifle

#3 Post by Calfed » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:28 pm

Polock wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:51 pm
Looks good! I often wonder why more CMP sniper competitors do not use Swede 96s. Seems to me that the combo of the accurate M96/6.5 cartridge and ability to use the older Weaver K4 are an affordable alternative to 03s and 0A4s.
Good luck at the match, and congrats on scoring a real M41B---
Thanks, Polock.

I struggled with whether or not to modify an otherwise as issued rifle. It came down to the substantial cost of the mount and gunsmithing to install it. I got the rifle for a little under $200 and that was substantially less than the cost of modifying it. I could not justify those expenses on anything less than an excellent rifle.

Looking forward to shooting this and posting a range report.

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#4 Post by burkefj » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:52 pm

What was your total cost including rifle, mount, scope and work to get it ready?

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Re: Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle

#5 Post by Calfed » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:38 am

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Re: Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle

#6 Post by Calfed » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:48 am

Here are a couple of pictures of the Swede...

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Re: Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle

#7 Post by Calfed » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:48 am

I got a chance to shoot the CMP vintage sniper match "faux" Swedish sniper and it shoots like a house on fire!

I shot a three shot group at 25 yards to make sure it was on paper. I used Prvi Partizan 120 gr "match" ammo. (only had 6 rounds)

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Since the rifle was on paper, I switched to a target at 100 yards. I fired the remainder of my 120 gr PPU match rounds and got the blue circled group.

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I then adjusted the scope and here is where things went a little janky. My son fired three rounds of PPU 139 gr SP and got the red circle group (!). My son is a great shot, as you will see later, and I'm sure that the scatter group was a result of adjusting the scope. I then fired three rounds of the PPU 139 gr's and got the yellow circle group. It appears that it took a couple of rounds to settle the scope down after adjustment (?).

My son then used some 108 gr Lapua ammo that I have and got this group @ 100 yards...about 1/2 MOA

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I then shot this 5 round group with some handloads that I had loaded for my Ljungman (again, at 100 yards).

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Except for the burble after adjusting the scope, the Swede is shooting outstandingly.

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Re: Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle...updated with range report

#8 Post by DaleH » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:50 pm

Very nice! FWIW my bro has a collection of 1 of every Swede 6.5mm bolt rifle and a few M38S had that fancy rear sight. Using h4350 powdah over 120-129-grn SMKs or equivalent shot MOA using the aperture sights.

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Re: Faux Swedish M41B CMP vintage sniper match rifle...updated with range report

#9 Post by Calfed » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:38 pm

DaleH wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:50 pm
Very nice! FWIW my bro has a collection of 1 of every Swede 6.5mm bolt rifle and a few M38S had that fancy rear sight. Using h4350 powdah over 120-129-grn SMKs or equivalent shot MOA using the aperture sights.
I believe it, Dale.

I think this rifle likes the lighter bullets. I may experiment around with it a bit using different bullet weights and powders.

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