I have acquired a 1950's (early) vintage, FN Mauser action, made in Sweden by Husqvarna in 8X57 S. With a .323" bore. I was really in the market for an 8X60, and have found two FN actioned '50's vintage Sako's but both were .318" and about twice the money. I really didn't want to mess with the .318" bullets even though Hawk and Woodleigh both make good ones. The brass and many bullets are more available for the .323" bore. The rifle new brass and a couple boxes of bullets are all soon on their way.
This rifle like all the 1948 to about 1954 FN Mausers is a true "C" collar breach. This of course is the more desirable feature and a complaint of later FN Mauser actions. FN actions after 1948 no longer used the military receiver with the thumb cut out in the left receiver wall, or the commonly called "stripper clip, thumb cut".
This era of FN actions also use the Mauser two position safety located on the left side where the thumb naturally rests when in the shooting grip. It also use the Mauser trigger. This mixed blessing trigger is very reliable and strong but not given to the best of trigger feel (pull). That however is a simple matter to fix with a file and a white Arkansas stone, a strategicly placed hole and length of drill rod. Later this trigger was replaced with the Sako trigger when they began making actions for Sako. I have a couple of FN made in Belgium rifles like this, one 30-06 and one in 9.3x62, both made in 1950. I'm always lookin for more and would like to find a 7x57 as well.
This Husky is stamped made in Sweden and is all original with plugged holes for the scan type of side mount for a scope. Not as pretty or as good of wood as the Belgium guns but every bit as strong and well built. All of these guns sport good sights with a flip up rear for 200 yards as well as a fixed standing blade for 100 yards. I really like these. None of these oldies are drilled and tapped except the side mount holes of the Swede.
A time of fine rifles of true old world craftsmanship with the best of design and material.