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Schutzenbob
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Jul 6th, 2010 at 12:38am
 
My father who is 98, knew Bill Sukalle many years ago when Sukalle was a barrel maker in Phoenix, I think there’s still a Sukalle rifle somewhere around here marked “22 Varmint,” which I believe is an early 22-250. In the 1963 Gun Digest, there’s an article on Bill Sukalle and his barrel making company in Phoenix.

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Reply #1 - Jul 6th, 2010 at 4:48pm
 
I spent a half day with him in is shop in Phoenix circa 1964.  He essentially gave me several of his handguns and rifles ("sold" them to me at well under what we both knew was market value).  They include a Peterson .22 on Ballard action, a Rem Rollingblock with Stevens Pope barrel, and a Tompkins.  I foolishly did not take his Enfield .375 H& H - offered at the same price as the others - $75 each!

He told me about Dr Smith, then in Alaska, who hired Mr Sukalle to come up each summer to clean his several hundred rifles, and do a bit of hunting.  He said it was the high light of his year.

He was Arizona pistol champion many year.  His barrels were as good as anything being made in that period, and I have since that visit bought a number of rifles with his barrels.
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Reply #2 - Jul 8th, 2010 at 10:26am
 
There was a write up about Sukalle in Gun Digest way back when. If interested I'll dig out my copy so I can tell you what year to look for.
I have a model 12 BSA with one of his barrels. Shoots very nicely too.
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Reply #3 - Jul 8th, 2010 at 7:38pm
 
I have Two standing position Verein rifles ,which have W.Sukalle barrels chambered in .22cal,and both being on Ballards and shoot very well---Fritz
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Reply #4 - Jul 11th, 2010 at 12:25pm
 
Thanks gentlemen for the assistance.

As I said, I have a Borchardt (SN: 20,5xx) sporterized rifle with a Sukalle 27" long round barrel.

I am wondering if it is better to sell to a collector or build on it.  John King sent me several pictures of his custom Borchardts with DSTs he makes. 

Rich
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Reply #5 - Jul 11th, 2010 at 8:40pm
 
I do not have a 1963 Gun Digest or even access to one but would there be some way possible to get a copy of the artical on Sukalle ?
Is it in our archives ?
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Reply #6 - Jul 11th, 2010 at 11:50pm
 
I have looked thru my GDs, and not found the article.  What is the title of thearticle & year for sure?

Rich
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Reply #7 - Jul 11th, 2010 at 11:57pm
 
Rich,

It's in the 1963 Gun Digest, page 129 and the article is titled "Shooting Steel."

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Reply #8 - Jul 12th, 2010 at 3:15am
 
THANK YOU!!! 

Nothing like an article with a title that is completely unrelated to the article itself.

I have been saying AW all these years, and it is WA Sukalle.

Now I AM conflicted as to what to do with it. 

Rich
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Reply #9 - Jul 12th, 2010 at 2:40pm
 
This is an A O Zischang .25-35 WCF, not improved like your Sukalle.  Michael Petrov has been working up loads for an A O Niedner  Borchardt in .25 Krag; I'm amazed at the accuracy he has obtained.  I suspect your improved .25-35 might have similar ballistics to his rifle, and the cartridge is certainly capable of taking deer or antelope sized animals, not just varmints. 

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Reply #10 - Jul 13th, 2010 at 9:54pm
 
Absolutely gorgeous rifle.
My Sukalle is more of a plain hunting rifle, but I have made first shot hit and kills past 400 yards on some of our tough Bull Rockchucks here in SW Idaho the past few years.
I am really at odds with myself over having John King put DSTs in it.  His are Zischang-style.

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Reply #11 - Aug 2nd, 2010 at 1:23pm
 
Rich: Get ahold of me I might have a forearm like the one in the picture I might part with... Don  rustyrelx
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