Model 95 Steyr
There was a great article on the M 95 Steyr rifle in the August ’04 issue. However, in the article it said you have to size .333 bullets down to .329, and risk ruining them doing it. Huntington Die Specialties (601 Orb Dam Bird, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-1210, www.huntingtons.com) lists 8x56R bullets .329 200-grain spitzer. They also have Woodleigh bullets for the .318 Westley Richards. Despite the name, it uses .328 bullets. They list 250-grain Roundnose softpoint and 250-grain FMJ. Buffalo Arms Co. (660 Vermeer Court, Ponderay, ID 83852, (208) 263-6953, www.buffaloarms.com) lists brass and bullets, too.
I have finally read an article on the M95 Steyr Mannlicher that I agreed with. Most writers are appalled at the abusive recoil of the 8x56R because they are used to shooting the .223 guns our Military is issued today. I am very familiar with this belief because of my two sons. My son is a captain in the 101st Airborne with 14 months of service in Iraq. My son-in law is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps (yes, my daughter married well). Both of them feel the M95 is a true bruiser. Having been raised on the M-14 during my years in the Marines, I feel it’s manageable but not at all tough to handle.
I have been shooting and reloading M95s for years and I feel it is the most neglected round on earth. One thing Mr. Bodinson should have mentioned is the dime trick. Remember, most of the M95s being bought today have had some serious use in the past. Many of the bolts of M95s don’t lock back into place after they’ve been removed. I know, 2/3 of my bolts don’t lock back.
Here’s the trick: When you have removed the bolt from your M95 and it won’t “lock” into place, pull out the bolt head and put a good-old-U.S. dime between the boll frame and the bolt head. It fits in effortlessly and allows you to re-insert your bolt. I have no idea how many people have bought new bolts because theirs was “broken.” I keep a dime in my cleaning kit just for my M95s.
I encourage everyone to get an M95 and enjoy it. You will amaze your shooting friends with the loading speed, accuracy and power of the 8x56R.
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