|PRICE:||R 6,000.00 Incl. VAT|
|ACTION||Bolt-Action - Mauser K98|
|CONDITION||Fair to good used condition|
FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:
Musgrave rifles are a series of bolt-action target and hunting rifles produced in South Africa.
Originally located in Bloemfontein, the Musgave factory eventually closed and the name disappeared under the control of Denel in 1996, however some of the equipment and personnel relocated to Lyttelton Engineering Works in Pretoria where they continued to produce the same quality rifles under the brand name, Vektor.
This factory also soon closed its doors, but 20 years later a private firearm dealer located in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, purchased the Musgrave patent and the remaining K98 actions.
He teamed up with Gary Barnes, one of South Africa’s premier gunsmiths, and together they started a new factory to start producing Musgrave rifles once again.
The first factory produced rifle was exhibited at the April 2012 Huntex show, and was an immediate hit.
The .30-06 Springfield cartridge, 7.62×63mm in metric notation and called “.30 Gov’t ’06” by Winchester, was introduced to the United States Army in 1906 and later standardized; it remained in use until the late-1970s.
The .30-06 remained the U.S. Army’s primary rifle and machine gun cartridge for nearly 50 years before being replaced by the 7.62×51mm NATO (commercial .308 Winchester) and 5.56×45mm NATO (commercial .223 Remington), both of which remain in current U.S. and NATO service.
It remains a very popular sporting round, with ammunition produced by all major manufacturers.
Since Germany was one of Musgrave’s largest markets, they always maintained good relations with them.
They produced a series of rifles for a German gun shop chain named Kettner, based on military surplus Mauser K98 actions.
This rifle series, consisting of three main variants, was manufactured from 1985 till 1996, and went through many upgrades over that period.
This particular rifle is one from this series (model and date unknown), chambered in .30-06 Springfield, and fitted with a German made B. Nickel Marburg/L scope.
On the top of the barrel it is engraved – VERVAARDIG DEUR MUSGRAVE & SEUNS – BLOEMFONTEIN – KAL. 30.06 – , which may help give an indication as to its manufacturing date.
This gun is in fair to good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
There is light wear to the finish of the barrel and the receiver, as well as to the bolt and bolt handle, but the action is very smooth.
The checkered Walnut stock is in good condition, with only a few, very light dents in places.
There are some light scratches on the scope mount, as well as significant wear to the front of the scope.
It is fitted with a B. Nickel Marburg/L scope (S.LYT 2 1/2 x (?)2 L72 E/S).
It includes a leather sling.
This firearm is suitable for medium and big game hunting.