The Carl Gustaf CG63

Am I wrong to say I am a huge fan of the 6,5x55SE when I have never owned one? Well it was all change a few days ago when I managed to source a very pretty Carl Gustaf CG63 target rifle chambered in the never before owned by me 6,5x55SE.

Ah but what is the CG63 and why choose it as a first 6,5×55? Now that is a very good question and given that I just hit 61 years a short while ago with eyes to match it did make me wonder a bit as well. The truth is I am looking for a more challenging type of shooting and we already have a few .22LR target rifles from the 60’s and 70’s so why not add a centre fire. So I did and this is probably one of the most accurate 300-600m of its time at that.

This particular CG63 was originally a Swedish Army rifle Model 96 and the receiver stamp shows it was manufactured in 1898 so 120 years ago this year (2018) I have no idea what the rifle did for the following 70 odd years however in 1972 Carl Gustaf chose this rifle to become a CG target rifle. The stock and barrel were discarded as was the trigger, leaving just a bolt and receiver. To this a heavy free barrel 740,0mm in length was added to the refurbished action, a new firing pin spring and cocking piece fitted and the two stage trigger tuned to match standard. The barrelled action was then fitted to a one piece stock with  a fully floated barrel and the rear of the receiver machined to accept a GF dioptre sight to accompany the Elit (As opposed to Elite) sight at the front.

The year of conversion is clearly marked as the number 72 under a crown and the letter C, to the left is the serial number and the British Proof mark to the extreme left of the receiver.

All in all it is a lovely rifle in superb condition, I have sourced some new Lapua brass and have plenty of 139 Scenar bullets so I will get some rounds loaded and head out with it in the new year, oh and report back of course 🙂

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