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    S&W bolt rifles...what ever became of them?

    The first hunt I did was in 1976 and I used a borrowed rifle. It was .270 caliber and I distinctly recall it was made my Smith and Wesson. I don't think I have ever seen another since.

    A brief internet search on bolt rifles yielded some information, but not much. They were some what of an experiment by the company that didn't go far.
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    S&W never actually manufactured their own rifles. The most recent ones (1500 line) were made by Howa of Japan. Some early ones were made by Husqvarna of Sweden.

    Howa also made most of the Weatherby line.

    Howa rifles has since set up their own US distributorship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuxRUs View Post
    The first hunt I did was in 1976 and I used a borrowed rifle. It was .270 caliber and I distinctly recall it was made my Smith and Wesson. I don't think I have ever seen another since.

    A brief internet search on bolt rifles yielded some information, but not much. They were some what of an experiment by the company that didn't go far.
    I own one, an early 60's S&W branded Husquvarna built bolt rifle and it is a shooter. Beautiful piece and very collectable. S&W never built a bolt gun themselves.

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    Target is at 250 yards. Very respectable for an 'antique' bolt rifle..

    No, it's not for sale either....

    Well, maybe if the price was right, I might consider it. After all, money talks.
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    they only had Smith Wesson stamped on them. They were not produced by Smith Wesson but by Howa of Japan or Husqvarna of Sweeden.. They had a license to use the name and brand. They were so so rifles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Layne12gun View Post
    they only had Smith Wesson stamped on them. They were not produced by Smith Wesson but by Howa of Japan or Husqvarna of Sweeden.. They had a license to use the name and brand. They were so so rifles.
    Layne..

    Maybe the Howa's were but the Husky's were always shooters. Husky built a fine line of rifles, the one I own has a hand lapped, engine turned bolt that is smooth as butter, fantastic furniture and a cold forged, button rifled tube. The only negative I can find (and it shoots sub moa at 250 (see target) minus the first shot flyer on a clean bore, is the trigger. The trigger is clunky but fixable. It's getting a ball bearing match trigger this summer which will fix it's only detraction.

    Being a wood stock, I'd not hunt with it, I prefer a carbon fiber stock, but for a fine example of Swedish craftsmanship it's hard to beat. It a Paul Mauser small action with claw exrtractor btw.

    Any bone stock 30 caliber stick that will shoot sub moa at 250 yards in my view is a darn good rifle.

    Most rifles sold today that are deemed 'accurate' by the manufacturer are gauged at 100 yards, not 250. That extra 150 yards separates the real shooters from the wannabe shooters.
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    Here's info I've accumulated. I don't have a 1500 but I search the gun shows for one.
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    Here to tell you, the triggers are not adjustable for pre-travel, release or pull, but mine is a dead wringer for the one in your picture, right down to the Monte Carlo stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SidecarFlip View Post
    I own one, an early 60's S&W branded Husquvarna built bolt rifle and it is a shooter. Beautiful piece and very collectable. S&W never built a bolt gun themselves.

    Attachment 279609Attachment 279617

    Target is at 250 yards. Very respectable for an 'antique' bolt rifle..

    No, it's not for sale either....

    Well, maybe if the price was right, I might consider it. After all, money talks.
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    couple more info sheets
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    Additionally, the Howa made 1500 was also sold as the Mossberg 1500.

    In 1985, Mossberg purchased the parts inventory and importing rights from Smith & Wesson, when S&W decided to drop rifles from their catalog.
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