The Steyr Mannlicher Classic Rifles

By Chuck Hawks

Classic Mannlicher carbine
Mannlicher Classic Full Stock Carbine. Illustration courtesy of Steyr Mannlicher

The Steyr Mannlicher Classic line, made in Austria, is the modern descendent of the famous Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles and carbines of the 20th Century, legendary "gentleman's rifles" that are a very hard act to follow. Yet Steyr Mannlicher does not shy away from the latest technology. Thus the new Classic Mannlicher line is a mixture of old and new, traditional and high-tech

The Mannlicher Classic line includes the Half Stock Rifle (this is the standard rifle), Magnum Half Stock Rifle (similar, but chambered for magnum cartridges), Mountain Rifle, and Full Stock Carbine. Here are the basic specifications for the Classic Mannlicher rifles:

  • Action: Bolt action repeater with detachable magazine
  • Standard Calibers (all models): .222 Rem., .223 Rem., .243 Win., .25-06 Rem., 6.5x55 SE, 6.5x57, .270 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., 7x64, .308 Win., .30-06 Spfd., 8x57 JS, 8x68S, 9.3x62
  • Magnum Calibers (Half stock magnum rifle only): .270 WSM, 7mm WSM, 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 WSM, .300 Win. Mag., 8x68 S
  • Magazine capacity: 4 (standard calibers), 3 (magnum calibers)
  • Stock: European style oil finished walnut
  • Metal finish: High luster blued steel
  • Overall length: Half stock 45" (standard calibers); Full stock and Mountain rifle 42"
  • Overall width: 2"
  • Barrel length: Half stock, 24 or 26"; Full stock and Mountain rifle, 20"
  • Weight: Approx. 7 - 8.4 pounds (7.4 pounds for Full stock carbine)

We reviewed a Mannlicher Classic Full Stock Carbine for Guns and Shooting Online and found it to be a very high quality rifle with an exceptionally smooth action and several worthwhile design features. To very briefly summarize that review, the Classic Mannlicher Carbine passed the shooting test with flying colors, recording the best groups ever fired with iron sights during a Guns and Shooting Online review. There were no malfunctions of any kind. These are well made, high quality hunting rifles.

Note: A complete review of the Mannlicher Classic Full Stock Carbine can be found on the Product Reviews page.

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