New to me L46 .222 fullstock

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  1. sakojim

    sakojim Well-Known Member

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    waterwolf.
    I have its momma, L46 Riihimaki .222, SN 481xx. In excellent condition.
    Sakojim.

     

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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Actually, that would be the grandmother, since there was a generation in between (L46/L461/A1).

    If your L46 is a carbine, rather than a full-length rifle, please post photos. An L46 carbine is seldom seen. I have an L469 carbine, but not an L46.
     
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    Well icebear, you got my curiosity up, so I had to dig it out to see, and for sure its one of those 6o year old maids that is still looking very good for her age. Barrel length 20 inches from bolt face to muzzle.
    Beautiful medium blonde stock with many very light handling impressions. Hardly noticeable without very close inspection.Very busy right now but will post pictures as soon as I can make arrangements. Sakojim.
     
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    I received that Husqvarna FN Mauser 98 fullstock 9.3x62 in the mail today. Nicer shape than described by the the seller. Blue is worn from being carried, but like many big game rifles, it probably wasn't shot very often. The bore is good. There is no doubt that it is a genuine Husqvarna product. The stock is very similar to the later HVA lightweight Model 458 Monte Carlo style fullstock, except with much finer checkering. And the checkering doesn't run off the bottom of the pistol grip like on later HVAs (which I think must have been a cost-cutting measure.) According to the serial number it was made in 1952.
     
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    What caliber is yours?
     
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    Sakojim: A carbine-length L46 Mannlicher is something I don't think I've ever run across. Great find, and a great "keeper". I am lucky enough to own one of its early progeny, an L461 Mannlicher in .222 from 1962 in near perfect condition. A friend visiting from Denmark used it to shoot a wild hog in the head on my place a couple of years ago and he was quite impressed.
     
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    I am glad the FN98 Husqvarna turned out well. Funny also 1952 ... maybe they ran off a batch of them that year. But the FN98 fullstock are few and far between. Mine is 30-06.
    Is the stock on yours two pieces or a single piece?
     
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    Thank you stonecreek. It is nice to know that it is rare. It will be for sale shortly, as soon as I can find someone to help with the pictures and computer.
    By the way, I certainly hope and pray no one will buy it for the purpose of re-barreling or re-boring to a .458! Maybe I better not part with the ones that
    have significant collectors value such as the NRA Commemorative, Sako 50th Anniversary, L57 .244 #385, or the SCA commemorative set new in the
    boxes. I wish that I could limit the sale of these to collectors only for the preservation of rare Sako rifles. I do have shooters that are custom candidates.
    Sorry, but I am just a little upset with the folks that love to "Bubba" collectible Sako's. Sakojim.
     
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    I just checked and its definitely one piece....which is nice , but odd, since it has those two little grooves on the forend that in the later HVA lightweights are used to disguise the joint between the two pieces of wood that make up the fullstock.
     
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    Husqvarna 640 (FN Mauser 98) 9.3x62
    Serial number circa 1952
    One piece stock

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    I like it. And I appreciate the one-piece stock. I've seen full-stock Husqvarna rifles that the spliced piece in front was way off the color of the main part of the stock.
     
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    Yes, mismatched color of the wood in the later full-stock HVA action fullstock carbines can be a real pain. (However, I have also seen the two wood pieces so well matched that it appeared the stock was made from the same piece of wood that was then cut in two.) In my experience I think its the later production in which the wood is most mismatched...just speculation, but I think they might have started to run out of good wood and had to use up whatever they had on hand.
     
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    I figured out a way to plug the 3 side mount holes. This side mount for a one inch scope tube fit perfectly and mounts the scope only very slightly higher than the Talley rings I had originally tried out. It is also very light, being made from an aluminum alloy. I was thinking of using a steel one, but they are heavy and the mounting screw heads were messed up on all the steel ones the importer had, whereas this aluminum one has very nice unmolested screw heads. And now I have a clear view of the iron sights that were hidden by the Talley bases. With the Monte Carlo stock its very easy to switch back and forth from scope to irons with only a very slight movement of the head. The cheek does not have to move off the comb.

    And if necessary, it is also quick detachable, slipping on or off in just a few seconds.

    For what its worth, this is the type of set up that Jack Lott recommended for a dangerous game rifle, and this rifle is as close to a DGR as I own. It will do for anything in Canada, including big bears.


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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    That's a piece of luck to find the exact mount the receiver was drilled for! Looks like some kind of German sniper setup, similar to the Ajack on this Swedish M/41b. I don't know whether these mounts were originally designed for civilian or military use. It looks like you might be able to use the iron sights with the scope in place, but I've never tried it.
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    Detachable side mounts have some advantages and were once popular, but they have gone out of style. Here's one from luxury gun builder Griffin & Howe on a 1940's Winchester Model 70.
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