My Gustafs works just fine for "plinking". I actually prefer my 1894 Norwegian Krag for the distance shooting. It was kind of a parts gun, so I mounted a scope on it and it shoots fine. You will have lots of fun with it. If you have any serious concerns about shootability of the gun, take it to a qualified gunsmith and have them pressure test it.
hey i appreciate the info. I have serveral cutom rifles just got this one from my old man for xmas and dont know alot about them...thinking about taking the barrel off and turning it into a benchrest rifle its close to a 6.5-284
If it is original,matching and in decent shape...DON"T! They have already doubled in value in the last 5 years and are one of the most accurate MILSURP rifles around. Do a little reasearch before you destroy it. John
Mine will shoot a 1.5 inch open standard sights group at 100 yards with every factory 140 gr load I have put in it. I found that to be pretty remarkable. I fired the first shot out of it though and really don't want to drill and tap it. All original with matching numbers.
I shoot Swedish Mausers in Military rifle competitions at our local range and the Swedes pretty much dominate the board, along with the Swiss rifles. You can get beautiful brass from Nosler and they also make a 140gr match bullet that works great. The first time I shot one I got pissed because it made all my other military rifles look bad ;)
Brian, Welcome. You are responding to an almost 3 year old post. Lot's gets said about the 6.5x55 Sweede here. Pretty much all good stuff. In fact I can't remember anyone saying anything bad about the rifles or the chambering. I've gotten mine to shoot cast at 1" MOA.