ProdigalSon wrote …

The AR is a BCM upper on a PSA lower, with Magpul furniture. It’s my first build and I’m pretty happy with it. The sling on that gun is a Riflecraft RS-2, and for those of us who still shoot sling-supported, it’s great, if a little bit bulky. The idea is to keep it irons-only, hence the fixed DD rear.

The bolt gun is an 1896 Swedish Mauser with all matching serial numbers. The receiver is stamped 1915, making the gun 100 years old this year (and five times older than I am). It’s wearing a reproduction US M1 sling, again for support shooting. The stock appears to be fiddleback walnut, although I can’t be sure (my knowledge of wood types is minimal).

Of the two, the Mauser may be older, heavier, slower, and less ergonomic, but if I could only have one rifle, the choice would be, for me, obvious. The Swede is just so much fun to shoot; it will stay in the stable as long as the stable exists.

Also, interesting to note is that since one is 1915 production, the other 2015, there’s exactly 100 years separating them.

And 100 years later, the Mauser is still an excellent rifle!


  • Sam Whan

    U cant beat the swedes ive shot most of nothern hemisphere ww2 bolters and the swede is the top dog. Personally though im stiking to my sporterized lee metford 130yrs old nearly and still shooting well.

  • d_grey

    The swede’s definitely the smoothest mauser.

    • iksnilol

      I find all Mausers to be somewhat “clunky” (both literally and figuratively).

      Then again, I learned to shoot on a Sauer and a Krag. So I might have a skewed experience.

      • ostiariusalpha

        My 30-40 Krag is a smooth criminal! If you want to assume that shooting lots of kakiak ladrones is some kind of war crime. At least it did it smoothly.

      • M

        FWIW there is a difference between the large ring and the small ring mausers.

  • iksnilol

    I would recommend getting a good leather sling for the mauser, might bite your hand more but makes it more enjoyable IMO.

    Still kinda weird to see a straight bolt handle.

    Also, any info on group sizes with either rifle?

    • ProdigalSon

      From sling-supported prone, I can do 1.5″-2″ with either at 100 yards. That’s about the limit on the Mauser, but I think if I use good ammo instead of cheap Federal XM193, I could do better with the AR. The Mauser shoots beastly high, though, since the shortest setting on the sights is 300m. It lands about 8″ high at 100 yards.

  • wetcorps

    Dat wood.

  • Darrell

    I love my Swedes. 6.5×55 rocks, it’s my favorite long arm caliber.

    • Paul White

      It’s a ways out but my next rifle purchase is probably going to be a CZ 557 Sporter in 6.5×55. The ballistics make it seem like a great caliber for elk, deer, pronghorn and hog within a couple hundred yards and it should be easy on my bum shoulder

      • ProdigalSon

        It’s a great round for your shoulder. Even with that steel buttplate, it’s comfortable, so with a modern rifle and a good recoil pad, it’ll be barely a push. Nothing like the hammer of a K31 (which I sold in favor of the Swede for precisely that reason).

    • I’ve owned a 1915 CG for years, and it is sweet. I may be picking up an m/1938 soon, too.

      • Vitsaus

        Those M1938s are very handy, I got mine before I got my M96’s and I still love it to this day. Its more wieldy for backpacking and things like that.

  • What a beautiful rifle! Now that you’re infected with the Swede bug, take a look at the M38. It’s essentially a K98-sized M96. They’re cheaper for some reason, too.


    • ProdigalSon

      Honestly, I had the option of getting a M38 when I picked up the Swede, but I find that I like the length of the M96 better. Not that I won’t get the carbine as well, sometime in the future…

  • Taylor TX

    Love the wood on that mauser, big BCM fan as well, but theyre apples and oranges ­čÖé

  • Jeff Smith

    There’s something magical about a vintage military bolt action rifle with iron sights. I love my AR and my AK, but my Mauser K98 just puts a smile on my face.

  • Esh325

    You would think a 50 year old design would be superior in every way to a 100 year old design, but there are some things the rifle on the right is capable of doing that the rifle on the left can’t.

    • Zachary marrs

      And vice versa

      • Esh325


      • Nashvone

        No doubt but the Swede wins the curb appeal.

    • RICH

      Like reliably functioning….. ! LOL

  • CoctomusPrime

    I just picked up a 1942 Husky FSR M96 Mauser yesterday. I cant wait to bring it out and shoot her. Need to get some ammo first…. (btw I had this same idea to take a pic like this with my AR and mauser xD)

  • Robert Griffith

    I have a 1912 Colombian 98 made sometime between 1912 and
    1915 that began life as a 7 x 57 and was later converted to .308 by Steyr (I
    have not been able to determine exactly when that happened but my best info
    says 1957) I take great delight in showing off my 100 year old rifle that still
    shoots 1 MOA with iron sights.

  • RICH


  • DetroitMan

    I love Swedish Mausers. The craftsmanship they display is incredible. I have an M94 carbine made by Carl Gustaf in 1916. The 6.5×55 is my favorite cartridge, from a ballistics nerd viewpoint. If I ever add another hunting rifle to my collection, it will be a custom 6.5.

  • BKE Evers

    I just picked up a 1900 M96 swede myself. That battle zero is off the charts (15 inches high at 200 yards, 9 inches high at 100) with the spitzer bullets. Did you end up putting a peep on that to bring the elevation down? My swede shoots about 2 moa (surplus ammo) with me behind the peep.

    • ProdigalSon

      No, I’m keeping it as-issued. It does shoot really high, but slung-up from prone, I’ve been able to get 1.5-2 MOA out of it pretty easily. I got a 1″ 5-shot group once and I was really stoked about it.

  • Tyler Horne

    I’ve got an 1896 Swedish Mauser as well. First gun I ever bought. Stamped 1916. Sweetest shooting bolt action I’ve had my hands on.