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Oddball hunting rifle

Post by bigrich » 12 Sep 2023, 4:12 pm

I’m wondering if anyone can help me with information on my most recent purchase. It’s a Mauser 96 that apparently has been remanufactured by Norma. It has “Norma “ stamped on the left side of the barrel, with a proof mark and NP stamped on the receiver. NP standing for Norma precision I reckon. The barrel is 1-9 twist 24”. It also has a Parker hale adjustable trigger with side safety. The stock is oil finished and hand checkered. The bolt handle has been unusually modified. It’s a lovely rifle in excellent condition. But I can’t find anything on the internet like it. Hopefully somebody on this forum knows a bit. Cheers
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Re: Oddball hunting rifle

Post by No1Mk3 » 12 Sep 2023, 4:44 pm

NP = Norma Proof, Sweden has no Proof House and makers prove their own products, your rifle has the Proof Rune also which came into use with the Norma proofed CG80's, certainly I personally have not seen it on a CG63 even as late as 1976. 86 is your rifles Proof Date. A number of these former FSR barreled actions were re-stocked into beautiful staking rifles like yours, a great find and I hope it serves you well, Cheers.
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Post by bigrich » 12 Sep 2023, 5:09 pm

No1Mk3 wrote:NP = Norma Proof, Sweden has no Proof House and makers prove their own products, your rifle has the Proof Rune also which came into use with the Norma proofed CG80's, certainly I personally have not seen it on a CG63 even as late as 1976. 86 is your rifles Proof Date. A number of these former FSR barreled actions were re-stocked into beautiful staking rifles like yours, a great find and I hope it serves you well, Cheers.


thanks very much for your reply mate . i'm glad someone knows their stuff :) i think this rifle is quite rare , i wonder how many they did like mine ? i can't find a image of a rifle like mine on the net . i've tried contacting norma through their facebook as i can't seem to find a email for any customer service. i've only tried soft 129sst loads so far . i'm thinking the 1-9 twist won't take 140's that well . but that's alright as i intend using 6.5x55 with 120-130gn bullets in a similar role to 257bob or a 243 . i'm thinking this may prove to be a very accurate rifle . the scopes mine , but the rifle cost me $900 :D :thumbsup:
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Post by GQshayne » 12 Sep 2023, 7:49 pm

Looks to be of fine manufacture to me. A nice rilfe.
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Post by Billo » 12 Sep 2023, 8:58 pm

Nice find bigrich :thumbsup:

The stock and safety reminds me alot of a Husky HVA and the oversized Bolt knob is reminiscent of a Tikka M55

I would have thought 140grs would be fine with the 1:9 twist if you kept to short pills and flat bases, keen for some up dates :drinks:
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Post by bigrich » 13 Sep 2023, 6:09 am

Billo wrote:Nice find bigrich :thumbsup:

The stock and safety reminds me alot of a Husky HVA and the oversized Bolt knob is reminiscent of a Tikka M55
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Yes, the bolt knob reminded me of early tikka m55’s too . I reckon it’s a Scandinavian thing, having to wear gloves in cold weather that bigger bolt knob would be better to use. As to the stock and trigger, there may be a link there. The trigger on mine actually has Parker hale on it . The story I got from where I bought my rifle was a old bloke bought it new and basically it’s lived in a safe ever since. When I pulled the action out of the stock to clean it looked as new. Even a little bit of wood dust inside the stock from the inletting. :thumbsup:
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Post by Billo » 13 Sep 2023, 10:17 am

Hey bigrich the only hit on the over sized bolt knob with M96's I got was with this Canadian website a couple run called Interplus.

https://intersurplus.com/collections/6- ... wedish-m96
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Post by northdude » 13 Sep 2023, 11:54 am

What a sexy looking rifle
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Post by in2anity » 13 Sep 2023, 12:29 pm

Yeah nice rifle BR. I am aroused by oversized knobs.
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Post by bigrich » 13 Sep 2023, 12:31 pm

Billo wrote:Hey bigrich the only hit on the over sized bolt knob with M96's I got was with this Canadian website a couple run called Interplus.

https://intersurplus.com/collections/6- ... wedish-m96


Thanks for the info mate :thumbsup:
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Post by bigrich » 13 Sep 2023, 12:32 pm

in2anity wrote:Yeah nice rifle BR. I am aroused by oversized knobs.


:lol: :lol: um, yeah, okay..... ;)
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Post by bigrich » 13 Sep 2023, 12:35 pm

northdude wrote:What a sexy looking rifle


Like lots of Scandinavian made rifles it fits and balances beautiful. Has a nice palm swell to 8-)
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Post by GQshayne » 13 Sep 2023, 7:57 pm

I have a M55 that had the large plastic bolt knob on it. Not really to my liking when i had a nice walnut stock. So I changed the knob to a hand made timber one.

I have tried to add a pic for you, but the site says the pic is too big. Never used to do that, as I have posted up pics before.
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Post by in2anity » 13 Sep 2023, 8:37 pm

I love the bolt handle on my workhorse

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Post by bigrich » 14 Sep 2023, 4:08 am

Yeah, the large bolt knob on my rifle doesn’t look as classy, but in use and especially because it’s cock on close, it’s really nice to use and cycle a round. Scandinavian products are generally a good blend of form AND functionality. Except maybe Volvo’s :lol:
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Post by in2anity » 14 Sep 2023, 8:44 am

You would have seen those Scandinavian service style comps on youtube https://youtu.be/4cnAwRJc7Sw; it's big over there, so they are insanely polished shooters. I always feel this type of target shooting has somewhat of an influence on the euro manufacturers - the slipperines and speed that a sako or tikka action springs to mind. The size and angle of a bolt handle plays an important role in the speed at which a repeater can be cycled. Oh and gloved hands too for cold hands, I suppose...
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Post by JohnV » 15 Sep 2023, 6:08 pm

I think it's a Norma 86 . The NP probably stands for Nitro Proof and 86 is the model .
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