The Model 96 Swede is a small ring Mauser unlike the Model 98 which is a large ring. The smaller receiver ring somewhat limits the case pressure so consider that if you want to bubba it by rechambering to a super duper magnum.
If it is still original they are very well made and quite accurate. Low recoil makes them fun to shoot. The 6.5 X 55 mm cartridge is common among European target shooters and hunters.
As for yours, Carl Gustaf is a arms maker in Sweden. The 1917 is the year the receiver was made. Husqvarna (yes, the saw people) also made M-96 Mausers.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...