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dilly
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:02 am  Reply with quote
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I have been fascinated by German combo guns for a few years. I bought a Blaser ES67 a little while back and love it. I have had an eye out for a reasonably priced Sauer drilling for a long time. I kinda wanted a project gun. Something not too far gone, but honest use was fine. The below fell into my life and so far I am excited.

Its a 16x16 on top choked half and full. The rifle is 7x65R. I think it should do nicely on deer and moose. Scope is a claw-mount Hensolt 1.5-6 and it seems clear. I have yet to shoot it. It needs a really good cleaning and going over.

So, for you drilling folks, I have a couple questions. Near as I can figure, it is a Sauer 3000 and appears to be a luxus model (judging by the engraving and wood). If anyone could confirm and/or estimate the age of it, I would appreciate it. I am guessing it as a 1960's vintage. The serial number is in the 900 thousand range.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:46 am  Reply with quote
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Take a look at the proof marks

http://www.shotguns.se/html/west_germany.html

The leaf is the Eckernförde proof house, after 1952 Eckernförde was a part of the Kiel proofhouse. The stamp changed somewhat 1952 and can be used after 1952 until 1968.

https://www.realgunreviews.com/sig-sauer-proof-marks-date-codes/


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dilly
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 1:25 pm  Reply with quote
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Thank you Mike. It would appear it is from 1952-1968. Pretty wide range. I could probably narrow it down based on the 960000 serial number.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 4:06 pm  Reply with quote
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dilly
Wonderful drilling Smile

the date is stamped on the barrels
Look at item 13 in the top section of the proof chart

Mike


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Dave in Maine
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 4:57 pm  Reply with quote



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Welcome to the wonderful world of drillings.

The date will be stamped on the barrels near the breech. It will be in 3 or 4 numerals, the last two being the year and the first one or 2 the month.

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dilly
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:27 pm  Reply with quote
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Near as I can see, there is a 60 stamped near the breech. I am going to assume it’s a 1960.

On a side note, it went for an ultrasonic bath today and it came out sparkling like a piece of jewellery. I re-cut the chechering today as well. It brought back some of the grain and cleared out the years of grime.

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67galaxie
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I need more info on the scope and mounts. Congrats by they way!
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And is that a greener safety?
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dilly
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 5:44 am  Reply with quote
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67galaxie wrote:
And is that a greener safety?


Yes, Greener safety. The scope is a Hensoldt Wetzlar "Diavari" 1.5-6 power. Mounts are typical "tip forward" claw mounts.



Clean is a whistle now!


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dilly
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:52 pm  Reply with quote
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Well, a little update...I completely cleaned the drilling, gave it a good inspection, lubed it up and re assembled it. I rust blued the barrels and added some length to the stock and fitted a new pad. I decided I just couldn't match the wood, so I put a divider in instead of trying to graft on the new wood. I know some people hate the "white line" before the pad, but the pistol grip had it, so I added that too.



Here it is in "bird mode"


I weighed it this morning and was surprised to see it is 7lbs 11oz with scope and 6lbs 6oz without. the 26" barrels balance well for me and I am looking forward to using it this fall.

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AWESOME
Can't wait for a shooting report Smile
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Carlos
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Take it out for your local version of a "McNabb"

By the way, John Buchan who wrote a novel about the original McNabb was a Governor General of Canada in the late 30's.

Nice gun. I love Drillings. I don't have one at present. (Only several O/U combos)
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:35 pm  Reply with quote
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Very fine work, sir!
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67galaxie
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:36 pm  Reply with quote



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What a fantastic drilling and great caliber combo! It's strong since it is a newer gun so blast away my friend
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Could pass as a twin to the Meffert drilling I had.

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