Midsouth Shooter's supply advertises a special order Lee mold that is 170grFP 6.5mm mold for use in the Swedish Mauser military rifles. I have been watching this for some time now, as it seems to be an interesting mold to me, however, it is always on order, and never in stock. Has anyone actually seen one of these molds?
Howdy ... back when I had several of the Swedes 38 ... I bot for them a couple of new surplus military barrels ... from Century, I think .. anyway, they were inexpensive, and had extremely smooth grooves/lands ... I thought maybe they were hand lapped ... although the chambering job seemed pretty rough to my borescope ... I always thought if I needed to rebarrel one of the rifles, I would set the barrel back 1/8 inch or so and put a better chamber in it ...
Anyway, ya might look at GunParts ( Numrich ) and see if a new surplus barrel is still available ... I thought mine in smoothness rivaled anything I have ... including HammerForged and Blackstar types.
I would not hesitate to make a light wt rifle from one of these surplus M38 barrels ... They looked really good. Keep in mind the large dia around the chamber is very short, ala mauser, you might have to bush it to fit it to other actions.
My swede is a Carl Gustav, made in 1919, and is a model 96/38, seems to be cut down at the factory, no bent bolt.
The rifle was still in the packing grease, took a week to clean it out.
69.95 in 198x don't remeber what year
The SAECO bullet , 140gr, about 18bhn with 3031 does pigs at 300M with regularity.
Sized .268, lubed with gray24. Lapua brass, F210 primers.
I have that Lee Mould from Midsouth and it is an oversized 6.5mm bullet dropping at around .269". My Swede M96 slugs around .2675" and this bullet shoots well with out leading with a 10 grain load of Unique. I also have a six cavity Lee custom mould I got from a group buy that throws a 130 grain Lovern style bullet at .2695" that shoots very well with 10.8 grs. of Unique. I am just getting started with this rifle after having owned it for 15 years. With either of these loads it is a sweet shooting rifle and a lot of fun! Keep an eye on the Midsouth site or call them and see if they will let you backorder a mould or two. Good luck!