This was my dad's 220 swift which was custom built in 1949 it cost $500.00 which was a real chunk of money. Gun still looks as good as when he bought it. we killed a lot of ground hogs with this gun. There is no glass bedding in the action or the barrel channel everything was hand fitted and it has always shot great.
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2021 11:38:10 GMT -5 by elkman1310
Is that a unertl scope? What a snazzy old gun. Back then, almost 100 years ago, that thing was probably more magical than these super duper smokeless muzzleloaders. So far ahead of everything else in its class. I love older guns!!
I don't know how many rounds have gone this barrel he always shot 55gr bullets and H4895 which helped the barrel last. I know the throat is gone. After I got the rifle, I made the mistake of really cleaning the barrel because my dad only ever used Hoppe#9 and patches. So I thought a good scrubbing was in order boy was I wrong. When I took it to the range and shot the gun on paper with the same loads my dad always used the bullets keyholed at 100 yards I was shocked.
The only thing I could do was keep shooting to see if it would group with the barrel fouled to my surprise once the barrel started to foul the groups started to appear on the target and shooting a 1/2 inch group was the norm so I have not touched that barrel since just load and shoot I have no plans on setting the barrel back even though it is 28 inches long.
Yes this is a 10x Unertl target scope very clear and always repeatable. Mounting the scope base on the barrel was the acceptable way of doing things back Some people still mount them that way today. The set triggers work really well on a Mauser the front trigger is set really light this was the only way they could get a trigger pull weight under one pound because single stage triggers had not really arrived till the early 1970"s
No that is a Mauser 98 large ring. Don't know if it was a commercial action or a customized military action don't know what was available back then.
Mauser actions were definitely a popular option for custom jobs, once upon a time. I have a 7.65 Argentine that was worked over by some old friends of mine. It's a functional showpiece as well. It's functionality though, is limited by 0.311 diameter bullets.
The story on this gun is my dad had a new model 70 Winchester in 1948 he said it shot well but it didn't have some of the features this gun So when the new Mauser was ready, he traded the Winchester and some cash. I am glad he did it's been a great rifle and will remain in the family for a long time to come,