I have been doing some online research on this stalking rifle and thought you folks might enjoy taking a look too.
My father brought this back from Germany after WWII. Firearms were being turned in after the war as new town governments were being set up. This rifle was turned in by a local Count and appears to be a custom made hunting rifle.
It is a break open single shot, 5,6X52R European caliber (22 Savage High Power) made by Greifelt & co, Suhl and stamped with Carl Stiegele's name.
It fires a 71grain .224 cal bullet and drives tacks at 200 yards.
It has claw scope mounts that I didn't want to mess up so I had a gunsmith make some custom claw mounts that fit the stock mounts and then mounted the modern scope to those blocks leaving the gun unaltered.
On the left side of the barrel it is stamped:
and to the right of that:
Carl Stiegele, Hofgewehrfarrik
Under the barrel it is stamped with the typical proof marks and the 3 digit number 438. I believe that indicates it was manufactured in April of 1938. the serial number is 37765.
It has some normal usage wear but is still a beautifully crafted rifle.
Here are few photos:
Proof marks under barrel:
These marks are just forward of the latch lug, also on the bottom of the tube.