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Clark
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Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62
      #169487 - 14/10/10 04:44 AM

Hello,

I've been mostly a lurker here for a while, but as I always enjoy looking at pictures of your beautiful rifles I thought I'd contribute with a project of mine, which I hope will follow me to my next Africa trip.

This is my recently acquired Husqvarna model 146 made in 1940. It is originally in 9,3x57 but I've changed it to 9,3x62. Husqvarna used a FN Mauser 98 action for these rifles. I've let a Swedish gunsmith make all the changes that I list below:

- New express sight with gold line.
- Added a band to the front sight and moved it back 2 cms.
- Added small English type rings to banded sling mount and stock.
- Added a buffalo foreend, and also checkering.
- Put on a Pachmayr Decelerator.
- Had a Recknagel swing mount fitted.

Next on the list to have done (after this years hunting season):

- Replace bolt handle, and replace flag safety with M/70 safety to accomodate a low scope mount.
- Replace the plastic grip end with steel one.

Pics:










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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Clark]
      #169489 - 14/10/10 04:56 AM

although I am a great fan of the swedish 9,3x57 rifle and don't like it when change to x62 must say that you do a good work.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: lancaster]
      #169498 - 14/10/10 08:21 AM

I am looking for one of these myself.
May just have to buld one.

Very nice.

Cheers Neale.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: FATBOY404]
      #169507 - 14/10/10 12:59 PM

I kept mine in 9.3x57. Great cartridge.

If you plan to shoot cast bullets, make sure you slug the bore.

Many/most are running .369-.370 diameter. Mine goes .369 across the grooves.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: 9.3x57]
      #169520 - 14/10/10 06:24 PM

I like the 9,3x57 as well, but due to the limitations on number of rifles you can own in Sweden and that I intend to use it in Africa, x62 is a better choice for me.

/C


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Clark]
      #169539 - 14/10/10 11:02 PM

Clark, that makes good sense as the x62 will of course do what the x57 will do, and a bit more. Recoil is noticeably heavier with the x62, and I've found the x57 very effective. Surely one of the best superlight carbine calibers ever cooked up. I'd like a 17-inch bbl carbine some time in it. Very light recoil for power level. I have a HVA 46 in 9.3x57 that runs 6 lbs {2.7 kgs} even with the long barrel. Very light and handy and I use that one almost exclusively for bear.

Your 146 is done up very nice indeed. Great remodel. Well done.

Here's my 146. Still in x57. I've made a bunch of modifications to it over the years, all basically to improve function for me.

Skitt jakt!



























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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: 9.3x57]
      #169549 - 15/10/10 03:49 AM

Say - I've got a couple cans of 2230. I'll have to try it with the lighter bullets. My 9.3x57 really likes the 232gr. Norma - w/H4895.

Beautifully completed 9.3x62. Your gunsmith did an excellent job.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #169552 - 15/10/10 04:12 AM

Daryl, I've never tried 2230 but I think it would be an excellent powder for the light bullets {maybe heavies, too?} in 9.3x57 as you say.

The powder I use the most {alas, it is almost gone...} is 2230C, a military surplus powder that burns a smidgen slower than 2230. Mine is as I say almost gone with no more to be had but I've burned up two kegs of it in my x57's and will miss it.

Probably on to H4895 thereafter, or maybe try a bit more of the 2460 or even Win 748?

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #169553 - 15/10/10 04:18 AM

@9,3x57, thanks. Great 146 you got there, and it looks like it has seen a lot of use and have served you well.

@Daryl - Thanks! Yes, he is great and he truly understands the design and look of old british rifles and is an excellent craftsman as well.

/C


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Clark]
      #169593 - 15/10/10 03:42 PM

Some African game taken with my Husky.

















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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: ozhunter]
      #169616 - 15/10/10 09:32 PM

Ozhunter, was waiting for you and yours! Great stuff!!!

When did you get yours and was it originally chambered for 9.3x62 or x57?

Also, Clark, did your gunsmith rebed the action and relieve the tang and remove the rear stock ferrule? The ones we have received here are notorious for splitting stocks due to insufficient contact between recoil lug and wood recoil shoulder. I rebed all of the HVA {46,146 and 640 models} I've owned, along with reshaping the stocks for left shoulder shooting, etc.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: 9.3x57]
      #169623 - 15/10/10 09:58 PM

mine was in x57.
it's a good thing the barrel has 9.3mm only on it.


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: ozhunter]
      #169629 - 15/10/10 10:44 PM

No, he didn't rebed or anything, but I'll ask him to do that when I return it in after the season.

Great rifle ozhunter, and wonderful trophies! Husqvarna made a model 246 in 9,3x62 as well, but only a couple of hundreds. That one was marked 9,3x62 instead of 9,3. I had mine stamped with the correct caliber on the right side of the barrel (can be seen in the second pic).

/C


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Clark]
      #169647 - 16/10/10 02:44 AM

What I find amazing, is you can spend way less than $400.00 ($300.00 in many cases) and end up with a rifle that you can hunt successfully hunt and shoot virtually everything in Africa.

On top of that, '06 brass is free at most ranges - laying all over the ground, once fired.

If you have a friend in or who visits Germany - 9.3x62 RWS brass is free.

Lots of good bullets available and cheap dies as well.

What a round - and rifle. Well worth owning one - or more.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #169724 - 17/10/10 01:15 AM

Quote:

What I find amazing, is you can spend way less than $400.00 ($300.00 in many cases) and end up with a rifle that you can hunt successfully hunt and shoot virtually everything in Africa.






Daryl ,dont forget the very serious reasons that the swedish market for used gun's was going into the cellar. lets hope that we never see a gun law like this and our swedisch friends see better day's again. iirc they can only have 2 rimfire rifles, two centerfire rifles and two guns .
maybe you can double this when your with making a hunting licence but that its never enough

remember a swedish hunter writing once" you get our national heritage now"

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: lancaster]
      #169732 - 17/10/10 05:46 AM

I suspect stringent gun controls will get us all in the future, near or far. We can only try to fight it as best we can - at election time, even if it means getting involved in politics. It is one end result of socialism & domination by government.

Guys who have re-chambered 9.3x57's to 9.3x62. Please tell me if there was an extra step just ahead of the neck-shoulder location after re-chambering.
My own 9.3x57 has a tighter neck in the chamber than normal, as there is only .001" expansion of the neck on firing with any bullets. Re-chambering this rifle would give me a perfect chamber, however on another site, there was speculation a simple re-chamber wouldn't work (due to the step) without setting the barrel back 1 turn.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #169735 - 17/10/10 06:27 AM

A bit of warning; the picture of the group notes the use of "AAC 2230C". That is NOT the same powder as 2230. 2230 is a faster burning powder.

Now, back to Daryl's rechambering question. I'm curious, too.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: 9.3x57]
      #169803 - 18/10/10 05:34 PM



Hi

Thanks for sharing.
Great caliber, great rifle. Nice job.
Had her out hunting yet?

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: vegard_dino]
      #169836 - 19/10/10 04:45 AM

Dino,

Thanks! Actually took it out this weekend for moose hunting but didn't shoot anything, even though I was close to moose, deer and boar.

Regarding re-chambering, AFAIK my gunsmith didn't need to move the barrel anything, he just opened up the chamber with a x62 tool.

The Swedish law limits the number of hunting guns you can own to 6, the first four you can have whatever you want (for example you could have 4 centerfire rifles), but the last two you need to motivate and they need to differ enough from the other ones. So if you have 4 rifles its easy to get a shotgun. And if you have a small caliber rifle you can always motivate another if it is of larger caliber and so on. But the required motivation isn't specified in any way so it is on a case to case basis.

But this law only applies to rifles and shotguns, there is different rules when it comes to handguns etc. And you can have a shotgun for sport shooting / practice outside of the 6 others.

And that is one of the reasons that these kind of rifles are valued so low. A 146 generally cost around $200 if it is in decent shape. And a 46 you can have for less than ~$100.

/C


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Clark]
      #169841 - 19/10/10 05:43 AM

Great looking 9,3 Clark.

I'm tempted to go to Sweden to buy a cheap 146 myself, but can't come up with a good reason that the authorities over here would accept since I have a 9,3x62 already...


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: ErikD]
      #169843 - 19/10/10 06:27 AM

TKs for the answer on the re-chamber. I'd thought of re-chambering my 46 9.3x57, but I'm getting 2300fps with 2 different loads using 270gr., 2,200fps with 286 and 2,175fps with 300's. The 232's are 2,450fps and sized down 225gr. Hornady's run 2,550fps. All that, it doesn't kick much, and I already having a 9.3x62 Comercial Mauser.

A person really should have both, though.

Merely, I want one, works here, for now.
I'd love to buy a whack of 146's at $200.00 - even to getting 46's for $100.00.

The 146's run about $300.00 to $400.00 here, while the 46's are about $250.00 to $325.00. Some have high side-mounted scope mounts, some have the mounts with scopes, most are iron sighted. Most also have cracked wrists, normal for Husky's. Lucked out on mine - M46 for $275.00 no cracks, good bedding and drilled and tapped for Weaver bases - correctly.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #169867 - 19/10/10 02:58 PM

Here ya go, Daryl;

146 and the 225 Horny .375 resized to .368 for my rifle, running at 2550, as you say.



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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: 9.3x57]
      #169872 - 19/10/10 07:44 PM

Clark I like the style of your rifle.

Ozhunter you really do have some good rifles.


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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Rule303]
      #169895 - 20/10/10 01:59 AM

I like that short forend, English styling as well.

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Re: Husqvarna 146 M98 9,3x62 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #169910 - 20/10/10 07:59 AM

I had good inspiration from my brothers Rigby:



/C

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