What rifle do I have?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by zenway9, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. zenway9

    zenway9 New Member

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    My mother gifted me with one of my deceased fathers bolt action rifles. I do not know what caliber or “type” it is and there is limited marking on it. I have attached some photos and any help would be much appreciated.
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  2. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Looks like an FN Mauser of some sort. More pics needed. A gunsmith could tell you the caliber.
     
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  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    With a "Leupold" style scope mount.
     
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  4. zenway9

    zenway9 New Member

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    Those were the only markings on it.
     
  5. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

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    Can you get a couple of shots of the whole rifle?
    Both sides
     
  6. zenway9

    zenway9 New Member

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    Yes, I will post them later when I get home.
     
  7. tac foley

    tac foley Well-Known Member

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    Every mark on the action ring shows proof in Liége, home of Fabrique Nationale - FN. It was made as a civilian sporting rifle - military products of FN don't have 'made in Belgium' stamped on them. Taking the action out of the stock will show the rest of the proof marks, including the calibre. PV is the definitive nitro proof stamp, the little column symbol to the right is the Perron, a famous Liége landmark and a stamp showing the initial 'view' or inspection of the rifle [or any other firearm] since 1672. The crown over X is an inspector's mark - it can be any letter of the alphabet
     
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  8. zenway9

    zenway9 New Member

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    More pics. I only found one more set of markings.

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  9. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You have a very nice FN Mauser rifle with a gorgeous piece of wood.
     
  10. tac foley

    tac foley Well-Known Member

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    Worker's assembly marks only.............so, no calibre markings? Hmmmmmm. In that case, likely only the action was made by FN - the barrel was fitted elsewhere, probably by Herters or similar, in the USA. This was common practice. It is likely a longer cartridge-cased calibre, but not a biggie, like 8x57 - that barrel is awfully slim......
     
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  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You inherited a very nice rifle. You will have to get the chamber checked by a smith to determine the cartridge. A smith can make a casting of the chamber. You could micrometer the muzzle to determine caliber. Also check to see if your dad had any ammo for it but do not fire it until you have definitely determined the cartridge. It would be a shame to destroy a nice rifle like that and possibly get injured. Usually the cartridge is stamped on the barrel. Hate it when they dont do that.
     
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  12. zenway9

    zenway9 New Member

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    The end of the barrel is 6.42 mm (inside diameter). If that helps. My dad, since deceased, was a gunsmith; however as you can tell, I never paid attention when I was a kid. I’m kicking myself for that. He specialized in fine hardwoods.
     
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  13. zenway9

    zenway9 New Member

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    This is all that is on the barrel. Douglas xx 1-10...I think.

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  14. tac foley

    tac foley Well-Known Member

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  15. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Too small for 6.5X55, maybe 6mm. Rem.
     
  16. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

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    That is a beautiful Mauser! A nice oak leaf and acorn sling would be perfect on it.
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  17. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It is a FN Mauser, with a Douglas barrel. As other said it is a fine rifle.
     
  18. Wambli

    Wambli Well-Known Member

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    You have a commercial Belgium made FN (Fabrique Nationale) Mauser action that at some point was rebarreled to .257 Roberts with a beautiful Douglas barrel. I would have a gunsmith do a chamber cast to verify the chambering and if I’m right I hate you for your luck. That is a VERY NICE gun built on a really desirable action! :D
     
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  19. Wambli

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    BTW I believe that is a Redfield base. And the 1-10 is the rifling twist. Here’s all you need to know about the .257 Roberts, one of my favorite chambering and a true classic. Your dad had GREAT taste and if he made that rifle he was a talented gunsmith!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.257_Roberts
     
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  20. Wambli

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    Then again it could also be a 25-06, another excellent round! That’s why it’s important to have a chamber cast made.