help identifying a rifle

Discussion in 'Other Rifles' started by Guest, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I was wondering if anyone can help me identify a Steyr rifle I purchased recently. It has a plain wood stock-no checkering. a 24 in. regular barrel. I believe it's a .308. No markings except on the top of the barrel it has a symbol with crown on top and below the symbol it says Steyr14. It has a flat bolt, tapered back, and the stock is cut out for the bolt. If anyone has an idea what I might have, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!
  2. mikey

    mikey Guest

    I’m not sure about this at all, but check and see if this description of the Greek M1903 Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle (from “Bolt Action Rifles” by Frank de Hass) matches what you’ve got:

    “The 1903 and 1903/14 Greek M-S rifles are serial numbered. The complete serial number is usually stamped on the receiver ring, on the bold guide rib, and on the breech end of the barrel . . . The place and date (year) of manufacture are usually stamped on the left receiver wall, as for example; STEYR 1914 . . . The model designation of the rifle is usually stamped on the receiver ring, as for example; Y:1903/14. A crown over a cross within a shield is also usually found stamped on the receiver ring.”

    It's also possible that you have a sporterized version, with some of the original markings getting ground off and polished before they had it reblued

    The Greek M-S was originally chambered for the 6.5 M-S cartridge (aka 6.5x54, or 6.5x53 M-S). Be hard to imagine somebody rechambering/rebarreling it for .308, but I suppose it’s possible. Best let a gunsmith verify before shooting!!!!

  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hey- I've been out of town for a couple of days- thanks for the information. This fits the description exactly. I was probably misinformed on the caliber. The rifle doesn't appear to have been redone in any way however, it is missing the buttplate and there is a tapered hole extending into the stock. I will check out the book you recommended as soon as possible. I appreciate your help very much! Thank you!