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Old 10-09-2009, 10:20 AM
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I found a Mauser chambered in 30-06 with a .30 stamp on the rear ring of the receiver, it is in the original military configuration with all matching serial numbers. I was wondering what this gun is, it is marked as a FN manufacture but the caliber in a european military riffle is confusing me.
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:37 AM
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FN and other manufacturers exported rifles all over the world. I believe a few countries did in fact adopt the .30-06 for military use in the mauser actions, but being away from any references I can't say whom it could have been made for. Any other markings that would identify it?

Of course, rifles get rebarreld all the time so the history of that gun could be quite complex.....
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FN and other manufacturers exported rifles all over the world. I believe a few countries did in fact adopt the .30-06 for military use in the mauser actions, but being away from any references I can't say whom it could have been made for. Any other markings that would identify it?

Of course, rifles get rebarreld all the time so the history of that gun could be quite complex.....
I think that this is the original barrel, the serial numbers on all the parts down to the action screws match, what confuses me the most it the fact that the receiver is stamped with the caliber i have never encountered a Mauser stamped like this one with the caliber on top of the rear ring, I am not certain of the Fn manufacture markings the pitting there was rather sever and someone before me filed on the front ring where the marking was, it appears to be an FN crest but i could be wrong.
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FIC (Firearms International Corp.) built a unit called the "Musketeer" based on the FN Mauser action and chambered in various chambers, including 30-06. Barrels are usually 24" and the rifles weighed 7.3 lbs. Open sights were usually installed.

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FIC (Firearms International Corp.) built a unit called the "Musketeer" based on the FN Mauser action and chambered in various chambers, including 30-06. Barrels are usually 24" and the rifles weighed 7.3 lbs. Open sights were usually installed.

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I dont think that is what i am looking at here, mine is in true military configuration with a military style barrel.
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One country that purchased such military rifles from
FN in 30-06 cal. was Peru. They are marked "Republica de
Peruvia" on the receiver ring.
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Belgian .30 F.N. Mauser rifle made after WWII

According to "Small Arms of the World" ,you have described a Belgian military Mauser rifle made after WWII. I have two of them and they are chambered in .30-06. The .30 stamped on the rear receiver ring was to alert shooters what round went safely into that rifle. These are well made and not that common. Hope this helps. All the best...
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:14 PM
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Brazil also use some mauser in 30.06 chambering, but they have a brazilian crest, I have one action that is mark Mq. 30 M954 ( mosquet.30 model 1954) made by Itajuba. The action is a clone of the M98 mouser.
They rebore or rebarrel some european mauser Czeck and DWM model 1908/34 into .06 from 1946 to 1954 and finally they made ther owns actions at the Itajuba factory from 1954 to 1970.
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In the post-WWII period, FN made a short rifle in 30-06. Later the same model in 7.62x51mmNATO (.308Win.) A bunch of these were imported by Century International Arms, in the late 1990s and I had bought a couple dozen in both 30-06 and .308Win. They were not marked for any particular countries use, but the word from Century was that they came out of Morraco, N. Africa. The butt plate appeared to be an inexpensive steel stamping that had a corrugated look. The receiver rail had the usual FN legend. There was nothing stamped on the top of the receiver ring. Mine all had the importers stamp, lightly, out near the muzzle. Some were in great condition. The 30-06 produced excess recoil from the 20" barrel. The .308Win. was more pleasant to shoot. The rifle is shown in Ball's Mauser book, 2nd and 3rd edition.
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Mexico also used 30-06 Mauser 98 actioned rifles. I'm also without my Mauser references down range.

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could also be a Columbian. Pre-WWII FN in 7 x 57 were rechambered by Columbia in .30-06. They have a .30 stamped on the rear bridge. Apparently these rifles were usually scrubbed of all ID marks except the .30, R.FAMAGE on the side and the crest. Shame there are not more identifying marks.
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The .30 mark are there to make the user of the rifle careful of what he puts in to it.
FN allso made sporting rifles and hunting rifles with the M98 mecanism.
The FN produced M98 mecanism are probably the best ever made and Sako in Finland
adopted the M98 action from FN to their own production of hunting rifles.
It was used in their Forrester and Hunter series.


I am sorry for my faulty info in my original text.

Last edited by onirx2-norway; 11-10-2009 at 12:49 PM. Reason: Faulty information
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