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Old 01-27-2007, 11:12 AM
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Has anyone had any real life experience with the Austro-Hungarian M95 or M95/34 rifles?
I do realize that the 8X56R is an odd cartridge with an odd bullet diameter but ammo and bullets are available now and I suspect that if I stock up 100 rounds of brass and 1000 bullets that would probably last me a lifetime. I'd probably also invest in some of the military ammo just to save the clips.
I've never seen one in the flesh but in photos they look sleek and graceful and at 7 1/2 pounds are much lighter than most military rifles. Should make a good hunting rifle as issued and being made by Steyr I'd expect fine quality. Century Arms and other sources are selling them at a very reasonable price, but as yet I haven't seen one and would like to hear from folks who've actually shot them.
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Old 01-27-2007, 02:42 PM
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Believe member M141 had one not long ago that he sold. Maybe he'll follow up on this.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:07 PM
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It is one of my pets! 1917 Austrian M95 Factory new..
What do you want to know?
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:37 PM
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It is one of my pets! 1917 Austrian M95 Factory new..
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I see Big 5 has them on the rack now. Is there any one thing I might watch out for? I raced by them quick today but I might just go back for a closer look in the morning. Thanks
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:10 AM
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Thanks jpattersonnh, I'd like to know how they shoot and how they handle. Primary extraction seems to be a problem with straight pull actions, often takes a hard yank to start the bolt back. I'd also like to know about the safety mechanism, how it actually works, is it usable for hunting? are scope mounts available?
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Thanks jpattersonnh, I'd like to know how they shoot and how they handle. Primary extraction seems to be a problem with straight pull actions, often takes a hard yank to start the bolt back. I'd also like to know about the safety mechanism, how it actually works, is it usable for hunting? are scope mounts available?
The M95 Short rifle is tons of fun. Bolt is solid, no extraction issues. If you look at the pic there is a cut out visible, that is where the safety is located, it is a bolt safety (thumb). It will shoot about 8" high at 100 yards. The sights are set for 300 yards. A 6 o'clock hold is recommended. Some people have a tough time w/ the shallow rear v sight. As far as a hunting rifle, Hornady makes a run of ammo every year, 205gr I believe, w/ Graf brass. It has plenty of power for the lower 48. Great short range rifle (125 or less do to short sight window). There are no scope mount available that I know of, but I have seen a few w/ home made scout mounts. Overall it is a very good shooter, very reliable, very strong and light. BTW, it has one real big Muzzle flash, similar to a M44 (2ft x 1ft Ball)
I do believe that the strait pull bolt has gotten a bum rap as far as bolt issues, I have a M95 and a K31 Swiss, both function perfectly and make it easier to stay on target while cycling the bolt, no side tork. I would recommend the K31 if you are looking for a hunting rifle. 100 yard zero and super accurate. Beech stock models can be found for 119.00 from Samco Global or Aim. A detachable scope mount is also available for around 50.00 including rings. Very solid! Edit: A big plus with this mount (St. Marie) is that Iron sights are not obstructed!

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Old 01-29-2007, 08:26 AM
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I too have been shooting these for years and like the way they handle. When I started shooting them15+ years ago they had some issues. First, the slamming of the bolt back and forth when shooting fast caused the break of an extractor, once. Oh and that is all. The Hornady ammo is good. I started loading them before their was boxer primed brass or a source for bullets. We decapped with a Berdan tool from RCBS, got dies from Huntington and had a die designed to swage down .338's. 200 grain BT's swaged down with IMR 4895 or Re 15 @2400 fps worked well. I know a guy who shot a large bodied bull elk and dropped it with one shot at 80 yards or so. I drilled and tapped mine for a rear receiver apeture sight since they are more rugged than a scope and kept it in the truck as a spare for many years. Shot coyotes and foxes, but no big game. Pick one up, for the cost they are well worth it. I have had at least six and the quality gets better from one through the latest. I bought one 4 years ago for a "parts" gun and it was better than my current, so no parts gun.

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Old 01-29-2007, 08:53 AM
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Thanks a lot guys for the info on the M95. As to the K31, that was kind of my first thought but am turned off by the weight. It seems to be about two pounds heavier than the M95. That would be fine for range work but rather a beast for a hunting rifle, especially with a scope. Being as the K-31 uses regular .308" bullets it would certainly be more practical to load for. I just like the lines and weight of the M-95 much better.
'course I could get one of each-- NO! I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAID THAT!
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Thanks a lot guys for the info on the M95. As to the K31, that was kind of my first thought but am turned off by the weight. It seems to be about two pounds heavier than the M95. That would be fine for range work but rather a beast for a hunting rifle, especially with a scope. Being as the K-31 uses regular .308" bullets it would certainly be more practical to load for. I just like the lines and weight of the M-95 much better.
'course I could get one of each-- NO! I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAID THAT!

There are sporter stocks for the K31, and yes it does use .308 bullets. Runs real close to the .308, the recoil is mild. This would bring the weight down a bit. Not a bad price either. http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/BrowseEbus/RiaSchimdt.asp
You could keep the military stock for Military shoots, and hunt w/ the custom!

Here is a good pic of the safety. http://www.surplusrifle.com/steyrm95/operations.asp 75 Meter graduation on the rear sight. 225 meter zero! You learn something new every day!
I like them both, so Get 1 of each!
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:56 AM
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Thank you again!!! Wonderful reference source, I've added it to my "favorites list"!
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I have 2 M95 shorts, the 8mm kicks like ****, After 10 rounds or so, I am done for the day. Fun as **** to shoot and loud. I like the surplus ammo, if you look real close you will see the nazi head stamp on the bottom all made before ww2.
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"CENTERFIRE SYSTEMS" has Steyr 95 for $89 very good condition.I had one in the 60s and was very good rifle.ammo(cases)from graf.com are new boxer.
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