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#2398226 - 08/28/08 W.A. Sukalle custom rifle
Jericho Offline
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Picked up a custom Mauser with the barrel stamped:
W.A. SUKALLE-GUNMAKER-PHOENIX, ARIZ. Have any of you
guys heard of him? Better than average custom gun in
my opinion. Regards, Jericho.

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#2398830 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Jericho]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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I'd like to see a pic of this one.

Which Mauser action is it?

Dober
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#2398846 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
Huntr Offline
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Sukalle was a custom barrel-maker back in JOC's hedyday! I would love to see some pic's as well.

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#2398900 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Huntr]
HawkI Offline
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No, he was a custom barrel maker in ELMER KEITH"S day!
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#2399280 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: HawkI]
BobinNH Offline
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I think Sukalle's shop is where Cactus Jack first encountered a Minar sporter;Sukalle barreled up some of Jack's early rifles IIRC.There was a Sukalle mauser in 270 on Gunsamerica recently.
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#2399444 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: BobinNH]
Jericho Offline
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It is a military Mauser 98, barrel is stamped 257REM,
G&H sidemount, very smooth action, I will post photos
when I get the chance.

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#2399454 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Jericho]
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Sounds sweet! \:\)
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#2400657 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: BobinNH]
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One of Jack's most accurate rifles was an '06 with a 1:12 twist Sukalle barrel. Shot all loads to the same POI at 100yds, and shot 'em well.
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#2400740 - 08/29/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: shootinurse]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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 Originally Posted By: shootinurse
One of Jack's most accurate rifles was an '06 with a 1:12 twist Sukalle barrel. Shot all loads to the same POI at 100yds, and shot 'em well.


Man oh man, how did you ever get close enough to that rifle to know all of that to be true...? \:\/

You the owner of it these days?

Dober


Edited by Mark R Dobrenski (08/29/08)
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#2401851 - 08/30/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
CWG Offline
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WHERE AT THE PHOTOS!??!
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#2402339 - 08/30/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
shootinurse Offline
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Just remember reading a story by Jack that mentioned that rifle. my '06s are 1:10.
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#2403088 - 08/30/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: shootinurse]
Jericho Offline
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Sorry guys, I will get the photos as soon as possible,
I dont own a camera, but one of my friends does. Hopefully
I get photos tomorrow. Regards, Jericho.

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#2405887 - 09/01/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Jericho]
akjeff Offline
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Jericho,

We're leaving for Africa tomorrow, but I'd like to compare notes when we return. I have a Sukalle barreled action in .270 Win. I had Biesen's turn a blank to their classic pattern, and have it on the "winter project" list. Hope to make it shoot once again.

Jeff

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#2406905 - 09/02/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: akjeff]
okie john Offline
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Sukalle built rifles for Jack O'Connor and Elmer Keith. He did only metal work, so you'll find his rifles stocked by lots of different people.

I wouldn't be surprised if O'Connor's Sukalle shot as well as shootinurse described. My Sukalle is a 30/06 with a 1:10 twist. It won't put bullets of different weights into the same group, but 150's, 165's, 180's and 220's all go into neat little cloverleaf groups each about three-quarters of an inch above each other.


Okie John

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#2413722 - 09/05/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Jericho]
JB in SC Offline
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Michael Petrov (Custom Gunmakers of the 20th Century) could probably help answer some of your questions. I'm pretty sure he still is a forum member here.

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#2413781 - 09/05/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: JB in SC]
vigillinus Offline
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Elmer Keith's .285OKH Mauser, which was his favorite long range rifle, has a Sukalle barrel. I am looking at it now.

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#2414100 - 09/05/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: vigillinus]
DMB Offline
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 Originally Posted By: vigillinus
Elmer Keith's .285OKH Mauser, which was his favorite long range rifle, has a Sukalle barrel. I am looking at it now.


Lucky guy!!!!
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#2414582 - 09/05/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: vigillinus]
JB in SC Offline
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 Originally Posted By: vigillinus
Elmer Keith's .285OKH Mauser, which was his favorite long range rifle, has a Sukalle barrel. I am looking at it now.


Is the barrel marked with the S followed by four digits?

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#2429568 - 09/12/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: JB in SC]
Jericho Offline
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I now have pictures of the rifle, but cant bring them to
this website for some reason. Can any of you guys give me
a hand? Regards, Jericho.

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#2432102 - 09/13/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Jericho]
vigillinus Offline
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JB, have never had it out of the stock.

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#2432403 - 09/13/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: Jericho]
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#2440793 - 09/17/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: vigillinus]
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How about pictures of Elmer's .285 also?

Thanks
Bob

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#2450982 - 09/22/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: 30Gibbs]
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I knew Bill Sukalle as a kid, his shop was next door to Stop and Swap gun shop on east Washington street, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The man did do stock work and built barrels. I have one of Bills 98 actions in a stock he did for me in .300 WINCHESTER mag. He got out of doing gun work long before he quit work. He was hired as a special aero machinist for NASA part of the early space program. The man was the most meticulous machinist I ever knew in my life. Nasa would send him fortunes in machinery, that he would reject as not good enough for his standards. The new machinery would set out back of his shop covered with tarps until the tarps would rot off.

You can find a picture of Bill in ROY DUNLAP'S book "GUNSMITHING" Bill fit the description of the "Hard headed old German" perfectly.

The engraved rifles you find from Bill are always engraved by Kornbath I have had a long time interest in Bill's rifles.
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#2452893 - 09/23/08 Re: W.A. Sukalle custom rifle [Re: 3sixbits]
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I am new to this sight and was interested to see information about Sukalle rifles. I have owned a Sukalle .257 Rem on a mauser action for several years. My rifle is nothing fancy but is very attractive and shoots great. In talking with Jim Carmichael and others through the years, I learned that Sukalle was one of the first premier american independent barrel makers. He also designed and manufactured the Mauser safeties that are commonly seen on his rifles. Having owned many mauser customs, I can attest that Sukalle's safety is the finest I have seen. I was interested to know about his background with NASA.

Sukalle was featured on the cover and in an interesting article in the American Rifleman from June 1950.

I'll have to take some pics and post them. Does photobucket work well here?

Paul

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