Mauser K98 action?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by AJ Peacock, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend that has 3 of these actions and is debating about building at least one of them up.

    Pluses and minuses please.

    Thanks
    AJ
     
  2. Captn C

    Captn C Well-Known Member

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    I have four customs done with mauser actions. Two are the BRUNO CZ-24 and they both shoot a dot at 100yards...280REM and 7mmMag

    The thing i don't like is haveing to drill for the scope. I've done a better job than the smith did on the he did. Also most of the ones I found lately don't have hinged floorplates. I have seen them though for $78 recently.

    I was also told that you couldn't build anything over 300WMAG. He also told me no short mags.

    When I was doing mine mid 90's you could buy the whole rifle for $60, so it was a pretty cheap way to build a nice hunting gun.
     

  3. wkinderknecht

    wkinderknecht Well-Known Member

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    mauser actions

    I have built my share of mauser action guns, and my mentor has built a few million. They can make for one heck of a rifle, once you understand the limitations. First of all, you can go to the 300 weatherby length, but I don't recommend removing that much material. 300 win mag length works just fine. You can do anything on an 06 boltface without any issues, and this will likely feed the best. I build my own hinged floor plates out out the fixed ones, and it uses a thumb screw for a release, right infront of the trigger guard. Shells will feed much easier through the magazine, so it is not much of a push feed. If you need more info, help, or a rifle built; shoot me a message, and I'll get you set up with Dr. Bob. Good Shooting,
    William
     
  4. retired2hunt

    retired2hunt Active Member

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    I'm on my second mauser build 1st was a spainish mauser and I did a 338 Win Mag with a Pac Nor barrel it just great only problem was the guy who had the action before me ground the rails to much and the second round popped out when you extracted the first. I had the local gunsmith mill the bottom side of rail to give room for shell to hold works great. He told me on the magnum cartridges people have a tendency to grind to much of the rail off. My second build is a Charles Daly in 260 remington. I like the mauser and would bye more.
     
  5. ZebDeming

    ZebDeming Active Member

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    Mausers are good rifles, some plus's are the actions are fairly cheap, and in the end will shoot just as well as any other, some like the controled round feed and some don't. Some folks will tell you that you'll have more invested in a mauser build than a comercial rifle build, because you have to pay someone to square up everything, but I'd be squaring up a comercial action as well so you would still be ahead of the game on cost. Mausers make great guns to learn smithing on, because the inital investment is quite a bit lower and you're only out your time if there is a screw up, and when it's done it should shoot with the best of them. I've got a turk mauser that I just built up to be a cheap trunk gun in .308, it's not pretty to look at but it shoots, I've got another reciever here that might just become a .260 AI and another Siamese action that I've got a .510 contoured blank for, It'll be a .50 Alaskan with a throat long enough to shoot the BMG bullets, that one should be fun.

    Zeb
     
  6. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    I have been sporterizing Mausers for 44 years, but mostly just in the last 11 years.
    It can be done with common sense, but I follow the Walsh book for how to modify the feed lips for magnums.

    My Mauser shpeal:
     
  7. retired2hunt

    retired2hunt Active Member

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    I'm on my second mauser 98 build. I think they are a fantastic action to work with. On those that do not have safety on bolt to lock firing pin I would purchase one. I do not like those safetys that are on some of the trigger asemblies that just block the trigger. One other caution if your building a belted magnum be carefull you or your gunsmith does not take to much off the rails or you will have feeding problems. my first build was a 338 win mag and second is 260 remington.
     
  8. coyotezapper

    coyotezapper Well-Known Member

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    Rem 700 actions are my favorite. That being said I have M98 Mausers chambered in 25-06, 243 Winchester and 338-06 Ackley and they are all tack drivers. I feel I give up very little with the M98 compared to the M700. I am only limited to cartridge compatibilty. I could go with new commercial mausers for the magnums but they are as much as $1500+. I am down to my last surplus M98 and I am currently building a 6.5x47 Lapua for long range antelope. The aftermarket parts for the mauser is endless. Floorplates, triggers, stocks, whatever.
     
  9. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    My K98 vs Rem700 shpeal:
     
  10. Chopaka81

    Chopaka81 Well-Known Member

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    I once poured some $$ into a M98. It was a mint 1912 Styer in 7x57. I had the smith chop the barrel at the first step and re-bore it to 280 Rem and this a big mistake. I should have had a new barrel put on the rifle.
    I did not realize that the magazine on the 98 is shorter than a M700. I was young (20 something) and thought I knew it all. The action does feed 280 ammo correctly, but the bullets are seated very deep. Factory ammo will not fit into the magazine.
    I should have left the chamber alone.
    That being said I do have a very accurate reload for that old barrel using a 162gr Hornady SPBT.
    Is my rifle worth a k-buck? I think not. But it does shoot minute of mule deer.
     
  11. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    AJ, a mauser will make a fine gun. But if your starting with a military mauser, you can sink quite a bit into it to get it ready for a barrel; trigger, cock on close, bottom metal, saftey, bolt handle position, drill and tap base holes, proper heat treat, refinishing of metal, not to mention any truing work.

    Now if you have a comercial reciever like the Mark X or the newer rem 798, all of these issues for the most part have been addressed. Honestly I think you could buy a new 798 and just rebarrel, and reuse the stock, bottom metal may-be a new trigger. and you would have a basically new reciever, that didn't have lug set back issues or some of the other problems that well used military recievers can and do have.
     
  12. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    The Military Mausers have a shorter magazine, but the commercial Mauser magazines are ready for 3.34" ammo.
    I have lengthened lots of military magazines.

    The PAWS aftermarket bottom metal is long and saves weight.

    98 Mauser Triggerguard - P.A.W.S.