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Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

 
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:19 PM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

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Thanks for all the replies. So far my list includes
Shilen barrel
Model 70 style safety
New bolt handle
Boyd's laminate stock
Bead blast finish
Already has timney trigger
Square lugs and bolt face

Anything else I should be looking at doing? My first custom rifle. I want to do it right.

I have been down this road a couple of times. Long story short the Mauser 98 action is a great action, but by the time you spend the money on bending the bolt, buying the rifle, blue printing etc you could just about buy a custom action ready for a barrel. If you want a 98 action buy a commercial one. I had a MK X built in 1989. I'm not sure what is available now.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:55 PM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

well, I already have the rifle so I thought that would be a more economical way to go. is there anymore than just squaring up the bolt face and the lugs that can be done to a mauser action?

looks like a CZ action would run me about $600-$700
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:31 PM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

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well, I already have the rifle so I thought that would be a more economical way to go. is there anymore than just squaring up the bolt face and the lugs that can be done to a mauser action?

looks like a CZ action would run me about $600-$700
Bend the bolt
Square the lugs
Square the bolt face.
Square the action where the barrel screws into the action
Square the threads in the action
Trigger replace or trigger job.
Polish the raceway

A custom action already has that done. All that helps accuracy. A CZ would need many of those done as well. What do you plan on doing with the rifel? You could just have a barrel replaced, put on a trigger and put it in a new stock, but you will not get all the potental accuracy from the rifle, however it may do what you want it to.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:46 PM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

Gun will be used as a good hunting rifle. I would hope to get sub MOA groups from the gun. It already has a timney trigger. I doubt I would ever shoot game with it over 4-500 yards.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:23 AM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

You can true the face of the receiver but i doubt that theres anything needed to be done on the lugs. Remember its an old battle rifle that has been cycled millions of times and im sure the lugs mate really well to the action already. The bolt handle needs forged over, the action needs drilled and tapped for scope bases. Replace your shroud for the winchester style safety and thats about it.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:45 AM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

There is a very experienced gunsmith who frequents LRH (username: shortgrass) who will tell you not to have the bolt face or locking lugs squared because of the risk of compromising the case hardening. I have done those things successfully myself with a very light touch. OTOH, I had a different gunsmith do those things on two of my rifles and I am now replacing the bolt bodies.

A 98 mauser build is pretty straightforward. Put on a good barrel, a good trigger, and bed the action in a good stock and you will end up with an accurate, reliable rifle. Your parts choices and ideas of what you want will produce a very nice hunting rifle. Where your barrel is concerned, make sure to order it unchambered and unthreaded to allow your gunsmith maximum control over how the barrel is fitted to the action.

I have several rifles built on Mauser actions and they are my sentimental favorites. 30-06 is an excellent choice. Another one that may interest you is 338-06. I am having a 338-06AI built on a mauser action. I can't wait to take her for a test drive!
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:12 AM
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Re: Looking to re barrel a Mauser 98?

Thank you for the info. I keep looking at the load data for the 30-06 AI and it looks good on paper, but everything I read elsewhere says don't bother.
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