Oh my word! That is a gorgeous rifle! And the calibers are an incredible choice. 6.x55 and .358 Norma Magnum, just awesome. If it shoots as good as it looks the S&L reputation will be more than upheld. Oh yes, the reserve price is only $12,303.66 - just a paltry sum to get in the game
Nuggets as big as yer head, yessirree! Stashed in the secret underground cavern known only to me, and I'm not talking.
I don't know the backgrounds of the new owners of S&L, so don't really know what the influences on design and cartridge choices might be. Maybe Umimmak or Swift might have some info on that. The original family owned company pretty much forged its own path when it came to design and engineering, although later in the 1960s you could see American and Swedish influence on the Model 65DL and 68DL. One gun writer has claimed that Roy Weatherby was the major influence on S&L stock design, but that's not true. They may have built some of the Model 56A rifles per Roy's desires, but from the Model 54J through to the Model 100, I don't see that Weatherby had any influence. Oh well, the eye of the beholder.
And the current M97 seems to me to be a development of the M100. Or rather a simplification perhaps, to reduce production costs no doubt.
But true S&L pedigree it has, even if it can't be compared with the originals in fit and finish.
The Model 100 is an interesting story. It was developed at the old geværfabriken and some were built in Otterup. When the company was sold and a lot of stuff moved to Rask Mølle, the remaining Model 100 parts were assembled there into complete rifles.
I would like to know and perhaps I will get the chance to ask, what was the design/engineering basis of the Model 97. Having only seen pictures of the model 97, the three lug bolt and action reminds me very much of the Sako TRG-S and SIG SHR 970 actions. Pettson, weren't you supposed to get your hands on a Model 97?
As I understands it, the 97 is a Modell 100, but optimized for massproduction. The old one got so expensive to make, that it in the end killed the old factory. The "new" 97 has though got a very nice reputation.