L461 Mannlicher .223

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  1. Dave Buffington

    Dave Buffington Well-Known Member

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    Hi Folks!

    Sometimes, a blind squirrel does find a nut ...


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    Yes, it's a L461 in .223 with a Mannlicher stock, and yes, I'm very pleased with myself. It's in excellent, but not perfect, condition, and it's remarkably handy to handle. (This is my first full-stock rifle of any kind, and I expected it to be front-heavy.)

    Just one question ... Given the serial number (155605), roughly when was this made?

    Thanks!
    Dave
     
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  2. deergoose

    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    probably after 1975. My hipshot answer.

    great rifle!
    DeerGoose
     
  3. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I'm guessing probably from around the time of the change to the AI stamping which was in 1979. The bolt shroud on the bolt with a L461 stamping indicates it's probably a gun made during the transition from the L461 to the AI, as it has an AI bolt.
     
  4. CVCOBRA1

    CVCOBRA1 Well-Known Member

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    Nice find, and yes, 78-79 will catch the date of man.
     
  5. Dave Buffington

    Dave Buffington Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks! Now, let's see if she shoots =)

    Yours,
    Dave
     
  6. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Nice find Dave, beautiful carbine. I collect the A series guns. In your searches, have you run across any AI mannlichers based off the hunter style stock? I've only seen a picture of a .222 that was already sold. I've posted this question before, but the only answer I can recall is 'not many. I'll keep looking! I'll also watch for your range report! OT- a future project gun idea I have is to have an AI mannlicher stock made for my P94s hunter, as I don't have the skills.

    Gary
     
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    Nice Dave. Do you mind me asking what it cost you?
     
  8. Dave Buffington

    Dave Buffington Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I don't mind you asking at all, but I am going to put off answering the question. The gun is up for sale on Gunbroker now, and I don't want to influence that sale. Thanks for your patience!
     
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    Did you shoot it to see how it performed?
     
  10. Dave Buffington

    Dave Buffington Well-Known Member

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    No, which brings me to the reason I'm selling the gun ... Once I had it cleaned up, I realized that it probably hasn't been shot since it left the factory.

    And when I run into guns like that, I sell them. I want to remove the temptation, knowing that firing them will reduce their appeal (and value) to collectors.

    Enjoy!
    Dave
     
  11. Spaher

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    If the item in Gunbroker is your posting, take a look at the forend tip screw as it appears to have been damaged and a screwdriver scratch alongside, as well as bluing rubbed off the bolt release lever/button.
    Not to criticize but just an observation. Still not as common as other calibers and should get a fair price. Good luck.
     
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    Dave, Just saw your update clarifying scratch on forend just an animal hair and bluing issue just excess oil smudge. Thanks and I may just bid on this .223 & all the best on a good price to you.
     

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