I have just seen a flyer for a new rifle from the Danish rifle manufacturers Schultz & Larsen.
The new model S&L will be called the ‘Legacy’ and is a genuine lightweight rifle chambered in .223 amongst others.
The rifle has a switch barrel configuration, adjustable trigger and the vital statistics are as follows:
Barrel length 510,0mm
Total length 1030,0mm
Available calibres will be .222/ .223 1:10/ .223 1:8/ 6×45/ 300 Whisper
The rifle will be available in Denmark from mid April and is priced at DKK12900.00 which is around GBP1425.00. I doubt we will see it here for a while if at all which is a shame as it looks to be another superb rifle from the S&L stable.
I have to say for the record I am incredibly disappointed by the lack of information coming out of the factory regarding existing and new models, plus the rather sketchy availability of S&L rifles here in the UK. These are superbly made rifles that are head and shoulders above the Sako and Tikka offerings albeit at a premium price and the sooner we see these on the shelves here in the UK the better.
I found this a while ago, it is a visit to the Schultz & Larsen factory at Rask Mølle. The quality of the video is not good and it narrated in Danish however it does give a good overview of the existing factory and includes footage of a young Morten Krogh and Jorgen Nielsen. Look out for the barrel rifling machines and the vertical lapping machine. This was either filmed in the early days of the new plant or they had a major tidy up on the day! Possibly a combination of both.
Regardless of language it is well worth watching.
S&L based in Rask Mølle manufacture a range of rifles and this is one of the more obscure, the M97-DL Sporter. This one is chambered in 6,5-284 and is fitted with a 650,0mm switch barrel designed to be swapped out in a couple of minutes with the use of a couple of Hex keys.Plus Apel rings and a Kahles K312 ‘scope. The ‘scope sits quite high in the rings and could do with being dropped down a few millimetres however the position is quite comfortable with the adjustable cheek piece.
It comes with a 5 shot single stack magazine and a massive and very slick three lug bolt that in some respects reminds me of a Barnard.These rifles are factory bedded however the bedding areas is quite sparse and it would benefit from cutting the existing bedding out, fitting new and then re-bedding with Devcon or similar.
This one belongs to Christel although I use it more often than she does, it is shot with N560 and 139 Scenar’s and kept to a fairly steady MV as it is intended to be shot three position. Accuracy wise it has been used in F Open competitions under the banner of ‘S Class’ and I have finished with an F Class V Bull at 1200 yards on a few occasions. Downside is the barrel will warm up fairly quickly however once allowances are made for this and shooting technique suitable modified it is an excellent shooter on the range.
Rask Mølle looks to be a nice little town in mid east Jutland. Some 1000 people live there. The sea is not far away towards the east. As you turn into the village you get to a t-junction and regardless of the turn you take you are very quickly leaving the village if you keep heading straight. We turned right and then right again and was soon outside the Schultz and Larsen factory which is on the outskirts of the village. We did not see the rest of the village because when we left we backtracked.
The Schultz and Larsen factory is a bit odd at first sight. Car park is out the front but the building looks to be empty and door is locked. I went down the hill and around the back until I finally found a human being. Once inside we met a very friendly albeit rushing Morten who is running the place. He changed the firing pin which is why we were there and then gave us a tour of the place. Very likely because we kept asking questions:)
Very interesting to see the stocks on the shelves, they range from a lot of money to an awful lot of money, one man was working on an action as we walked past, cases were being cleaned in a huge tumbler, the machinery that is making the rifling in the barrels, machinery that is well over 100 years old.
We asked if we could take photographs, “sure” was the answer and would you believe I got about two, too busy listening to what was being said:)