Use a Mauser action?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by mtmuley, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. mtmuley

    mtmuley Well-Known Member

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    I have two Mauser actions that could be donors for a custom rifle. One is a sporterized military of which version I do not know. I am trying to identify it, but with so many versions it is confusing. The other is a J.C. Higgins sold by Sears model 50. Pristine condition. How big can I go? Are they worth using? Maybe smaller is better. (they are both .30-06) possibly 6.5-284? Any info will help. Thanks mtmuley
     

  2. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    With the right builder a Mauser can make a great custom rifle.My 300 Winn is built on a Mark X action (Mauser imported by Interarms)

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    These 300 yard groups were shot with it

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  3. royinidaho

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    I'd say that any of the RUMs could be built on it.

    I have 1908 Brazilian Mauser action that was 7x57 and has been a high intensity 270 Win since 1966. The smith that put the original Douglas barrel on it had it Rockwell hardness tested before we did anything with it. Apparently it passed the test////

    Since Ray Montomery in Grand Junction CO put the 27" Lilja on it hovers around 0.5 MOA out to about as far as a 270 Win should be shot. Groups at 200 are a bunch smaller. Smallest is 0.11".
     
  4. royinidaho

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    Looks like the shots are stringing vertically. Are you holding our toes correctly? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    That's mighty fine shootin'. I'd of choked after the third shot, for certain. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
  5. Desert Fox

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    I have two sporterized Argentine Mauser model 1909. One has 24" - no. 4 Douglas chambered for 280 Remington and the other has the no.7 - 28" Shilen select match chambered for 6MM Remington. Both rifle shoots really well, if I do my part.

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  6. Fiftydriver

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    I would highly recommend staying with the '06 size case head, especially with the receiver that is of unknown origin. THis is really not a handicap as you can chamber rounds such as the 6.5-284 like mentioned but in the CRF receiver design I would much rather see you go with the 6.5-06 or the AI version of that round because they will feed much better in the CRF receiver then will the 284 based round. Actually get you a big more peformance as well.

    You could also go with a 280 AI and get true long range performance as well.

    I do not like opening up the old Mauser receivers to the magnum bolt face. There are some receivers that have questionable heat treating in the bolt heads and can cause problems. I have an old Mauser in the shop right now that was chambered for the 416 Taylor and the bolt face has collapsed on the bolt nearly 30 thou.

    To salvage the rifle, we had to find a used Interarms receiver that was in 7mm Rem Mag to convert the stock and barrel over to this new receiver.

    Just a bit of advice, stick to the '06 case if thats what your old receiver is made for.

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  7. dbhostler

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    There is a book that lists the Mauser actions according to manufacture and ser. number that you should check to determine what your actions can be used for. My smith showed it to me before he built the rifles I requested. If I remember correctly, it all boils down to strength. Some actions just cannot take the pressure of our modern cartridges, others can. You need to find out what you have, just to be on the safe side.
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  8. mtmuley

    mtmuley Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys, I will check out these actions further to see what I really have. Then I can make a decision. Kirby, tell me more about the 6.5-06. Thanks, mtmuley
     
  9. BountyHunter

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    The number one points scorer in 1K BR has always and is still using a Whitworth 98. He is shooting a 300 Ack and 210s with RL 27.

    BH
     
  10. blygy

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    I just had Rocky Mountains Rifles build a 6.5X300 Win Mag on a Parker Hale 1200V..

    Still waiting on dies from Redding for it.

    Rifle looks good.. Hope it shoots good.
     
  11. Jtomlinson

    Jtomlinson Well-Known Member

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    From memory a great book on Mausers and modern rifles based on the 98 action is by Jerry Kuhaunsen (sp?) it is, or certainly was until recently available from Brownells.

    I think the Title was Mauser 98- "A Workshop Manual"- covers all aspect of gunsmiting these actions including hardness valiues and opening out the action for length of cartridge and the bolt face for larger head sized cases, if you are serious about using a 98 action then seek a copy of this book.
     
  12. two bears

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    I have two custom rifles built on M 98 czech vz 24 actions. A 7x57 mauser and a 6.5 -06 .Both rifles are highly accurate . Some advice, I would stay away from using turkish mausers, 94 mausers actions , 95 mausers actions, spanish mauser actions. I would use M98 mauser actions to build a custom rifle.With my 6.5-06 I can hit shooting clays out to 500 yds with it.I would also buy the Mauser Bolt Action book by Jerry Kuhnhausen for reference.Goodluck
     
  13. retired2hunt

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    Before I built my 338 win mag I sent my spanish mauser action in and had it harden and tested works great and it cost me 75 bucks
     
  14. fmsniper

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    I have built a few very nice rifles on mausers, the one on the top is my long range rifle built on a Mauser MKX, I put a pac-nor 26 inch barrel on it Caliber 7mm RM

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    here are a few more I made in 308
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