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cattle buyer
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Posted - 10/28/2008 :  7:56:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is the skinny on Bofors steel,I want to think Ive heard of Bofors cannon in WWII reading,is it a chrome moly steel? best

perry shooter
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Posted - 10/28/2008 :  8:37:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello that is how Sako marked their early barrels and yes it is sort of the same Idea as KRUPP steel of German fame.Bofors is an alloy of steel with many elements only a analysis would tell you what the make-up is. These are quality rifles.
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Posted - 10/29/2008 :  02:06:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
cattle buyer,

Bofors is a company:

The Swedish firm of Bofors is famous above all for the seemingly immortal 40mm automatic cannon. However, a variety of other automatic (as well as non-automatic) guns have been produced by this manufacturer and this article is an attempt to do justice to them. The main focus is on weapons of up to 57mm calibre, but others are mentioned.

AB Bofors acquired its name in 1873, but this company was the culmination of a long history of steel manufacturing by a small creek called Bofors, near the town of Karlskoga, beginning in the 17th Century. In 1883 the company decided to begin arms manufacturing. There was a considerable expansion of this activity in the First World War (despite Sweden's neutrality) and in the 1920s Bofors co-operated with Krupps of Germany, which was restricted in its own armament developments by the Treaty of Versailles. There is some dispute over the extent of the influence of Krupps on Bofors designs, but during this time Bofors developed a range of large-calibre guns, starting with a 75mm AA gun and including many other non-automatic weapons for army and naval use. These included a 37mm anti-tank gun (which briefly saw British service in North Africa in WW2) but also guns of 88mm, 102mm, 105mm, 120mm, 150mm and (last but far from least) the 254mm (10 inch) naval guns in twin turrets, fitted to the Finnish Ilmarinen class coast defence ships. The largest calibre guns ever made by Bofors were the 280mm M/12, for the WW1-era Sverige class coast defence ships for the Royal Swedish Navy, and the 305 mm M/16 for the Swedish Coast Artillery (8 guns) and also sold to Norway (4 guns) and taken over by the Germans.


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cattle buyer
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Posted - 10/29/2008 :  7:29:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the skinny men, I do not think Ive had a gun ? since I found this site that was not answered by folks who knew their guns and history! very best and happy shooting
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