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.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...