So I bought one a month ago. Spent that time in between acquiring brass and projectiles. Not easy at all really. Be prepared to cast or buy overseas for projectiles, and pay $1.70 per case or more in Australia unless you are prepared to buy bulk overseas (contact me first, I want in on this deal).
I did a ladder test just for shits and giggles to check for physical pressure signs, and am happy to report that the very good condition M95 Steyr I was using with Prvi cases, 210 primers, Hornady soft points and using both AR2208 and BM-2 powders was able to exceed the published safe maximum data from several authors of reloading books and some dude on a forum.
I won’t mention charge weights as Milsurps are too variable in quality and safety functions, particularly these slapped together from random leftover M95s. But I will say I am rather pleased with the results and retain all body parts and arousing facial features your mothers know me for.
So, what do I think of the Mannlicher?
Well, its a super light long gun. It points really well, better so I imagine for a shorter 5’10" person with matching length of pull. Its balanced and is fun to shoot. Its a war gun, so work it like one and its pretty flawless, even with the silly soft points I was using. The two stage trigger is good in the first, the second is still heavy like potatos in a sack. The sights are for WWI dreamtime stuff. The lowest setting is 300m meaning you have to aim a foot under your inteded target at 100m. Im thinking about making a taller front sight with a file and some stock. Or some bloody JB weld.
My rifle cost me $690.00 which wasn’t cheap, but I got a great barrel, matching numbers (which mean nothing to these rifles) and everything works and the sights at 500m are actually on target. I will “restore” this gun, as in clean it up. Its filthy and I will enjoy shooting it more when it looks as handsome as I do.
Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed shooting this piece of Austro Hungarian Empire history.