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What is this? A sporterized 88 or a ?
      03/10/22 10:56 PM

I picked up this Mannlicher/ Haenel mfgr carbine.
I bought it for the sight, but really like the action type as well.
I spotted it for that on a dealers display and thought it was an 88 Sporter till I saw the Model 98
style magazine.
Then thought of the 'New Model' (?) Haenel Mannlichers I have with the same M98 magazine and a M98 gas shield bolt shrourd.
This rifle does not have that style bolt shroud though. Just the standard GEW88 style.

The action is Haenel marked on the top of the ring and 1906,
The trigger guard/magazine box is 2 piece (pic). Separate mag box and guard bow.
There is also a plate inside the bow as if to allow different trigger mechanisms to be in place (DST, SST.) Or perhaps there was a DST in there and a conversion to simple single trigger demanded the plate to cover the space.

The action is marked 'Cal 7 ' on the left wall.
Muzzle measures in at .284 with a quick caliper check.
The bbl appears to have had a Mauser style rear sight sleave that solders onto the bbl but is gone now. No rear bbl sight.
The Lyman does rear sight duty.

The bbl is 19+ inches long. Is Mauser military 'step' style.
The stock looks to have been a military and cut down sporterized. There was likely a handguard in place. Smooth steel butt plate w/ short widows peak.

Markings are what you see in the pics.

Any ideas on what the carbine is,,Sporterized Military, A conversion from an 88 to the New/Mod Manlicher magazine style,, rebbl w/a SR Mauser bbl,, or ??

Should make a dandy sporter in any case.

Thanks for any info or guesses.

Some pics..

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