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Old 01-29-2006, 02:28 AM
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Mauser rebuild: Is it worth it?


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Yeah. I've been re-addicted to the shooting bug.

After being laid up with non-functioning legs and being re-built by the VA and Emory Univ. surgeons three years ago, I'm up on my feet again and eagerly rebuilding my weapon collection.

What is the concensus on the Mausers being offered from places like "Mitchells Mausers"? Would such a rifle be decent to plink with, or hunt with if sporterized? How about the base action? Decent enough condition for use in building something on the lines of a .338-06?

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Yeah. I've been re-addicted to the shooting bug.

After being laid up with non-functioning legs and being re-built by the VA and Emory Univ. surgeons three years ago, I'm up on my feet again and eagerly rebuilding my weapon collection.

What is the concensus on the Mausers being offered from places like "Mitchells Mausers"? Would such a rifle be decent to plink with, or hunt with if sporterized? How about the base action? Decent enough condition for use in building something on the lines of a .338-06?

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They are decent to plink with and even hunt with as issued (to whatever limts of eyesight and iron sights).

Economically, will never get "ahead" building from military...are too many commecial rifles offered at very reasoanbly prices...may not be perfect, but are a lot easier to start a building project on. Other than stocking and the caliber you might want, most of the hard work has been done.

There is a sadisfaction in building from "junk"...will get some argument about cutting up a near fine example of a Mauser. IF not doing most of the work yourself, just farming out the big jobs like rebarreling or reboring, can be almost resonable in cost...the result being more a matter of your skill than of your wallet.

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Old 01-29-2006, 08:28 AM
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Mitchell's offers a pretty Mauser package at a premium price. I'd not buy there to get a sporter.

Check the Gunbroker ads or gunshows to get an idea of price. You can find a good rifle to work on for much less.
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:31 AM
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Mausers

Here are a few Mausers I rebuilt for my gun shop. They are still in the 8 mm config. and so far all are real shooters.

http://photobucket.com/albums/f42/Re...t=M-48Yugo.jpg

http://photobucket.com/albums/f42/Re...K-98Mauser.jpg
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For the price of a Mauser from Mitchell's Mausers, you can find a modern commercial bolt action in the used racks of gun shops- all ready to go.
You can find Mausers to rebuild a lot cheaper, as others have pointed out. However, by the time you do all the work, buy all the parts, etc....you're back to where a used, or even new, commercial sporter from Savage, Remington, Winchester, etc. is the same price, or less (been there, got the T-shirt)
If you just wanna do the work, go for it.
If you're looking at it from the economic standpoint, forget it. Buy commercial.
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You can find other sources for Yugo Mausers than Mitchells, and they are less expensive. I found a local gun shop that bought a bunch and was selling them for $169.00 so I bought one. Had the matching numbers and a bayonet, but none of the leather goods. The rifle was perfect, but the sights sucked. I replaced the iron battle sights with an S&K instamount and put a 2.75x Burris Scout scope in the mounts. With my handloads it will shoot 2" groups all day, and sometimes better, but not often. I meant to take it into the woods to hunt, but haven't yet, but it is short enough to work in a treestand, and not excessively heavy.

As was previously stated, you can use a less expensive alternative if you want an action, and you can spend more on building a rifle from that action than you will on a new sporter, but you'll have the satisfaction of doing it yourself. That's important to some people. You can also go on the cheap by modifying the stock and losing some of the military hardware, but retaining the original barreled action and caliber. You'll have to pop for better sights on a Mauser, either the way I did, or having the action D&T'd for scope or receiver sights, or you can buy an Enfield Jungle Carbine, and have a hunting rifle right away. Lots of options out there which makes this a fun pastime.
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If you like to have a project going and enjoy working w/ firearms, then a Mauser rebuild (at whatever level you want to get into it) can be a lot of fun and very educational.

You can pick up some for around $150 that can be turned into pretty good shooters (w/ open sights) with just elbow grease. Or it could turn out to be a dog w/ a lousy barrel.

Lots of folks will p*** away more money next weekend betting on the superbowl.

If you don't enjoy that sort of thing then, as others have mentioned, you should just buy a modern rifle ready to go.
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Kind of like mausers...have some issues with them, but in general like them. Like them enough t keep at least one "as issued" example on hand and use it as it was desgned to be used (military rifle...iron sights).

Not real fond of them as super-sporters....belive there are better actions for that use...so am not one to drool over a Mauser sporter. IF that does it for you, then go at it and enjoy yourself...if planning on having the work doen by a gun smith, ther eis a reason taht mauser's are condiered a gunsmith's best friend.
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Yeah. I've been re-addicted to the shooting bug.

After being laid up with non-functioning legs and being re-built by the VA and Emory Univ. surgeons three years ago, I'm up on my feet again and eagerly rebuilding my weapon collection.

What is the consensus on the Mausers being offered from places like "Mitchells Mausers"? Would such a rifle be decent to plink with, or hunt with if sporterized? How about the base action? Decent enough condition for use in building something on the lines of a .338-06?

Thanks!
These folks have given good advice. Mitchell's Mausers are a lot more costly than I paid for unissued Yugoslav 48s. The one problem you will encounter with the .338-06 project is the overall cartridge length and the Model 48 action. It will require some work on the magazine box. It might be better to find a .30-06 length commercial Mauser action like an FN on the used gun racks. I found a used FN sporter rifle in .30-06 for $200.00 with Redfield bases and rings. All the best ..
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:45 AM
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Thanks for the replies!

I *do* enjoy tinkering with all things "firearm" and a Mauser re-build seems like it would be fun. Then again, just having a shooting old military Mauser around would be fun too!

I'm getting a bit excited about this new (actually old) .338 Federal cartridge. Looks nearly too good to be true. Shortish actions, good-to-excellent "thump" that should handle everything in the US/Canada save for the bigger bears, and with Federal making it legit there will likely be a few new bullets coming out.

I may need to re-think my hunting rifle ideas, though I'll stick to the 7mm-08 for target work.
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I payed $84 for my M48 out the door ( $75 for the gun and $9 for the back ground check), and sever hours of elbow grease to remove the cosmoline and light rust, I've got a realy good shooter, been stuff'n that 70 rounds for $7 down it and I can't complain!

My 98k is slowly beeing transformed into a 458 Win Mag, so far I'm into it for about $320, it's a barreled action now, all I need is the stock, I haven't decited wich one Boyds is going to sell me yet, and I need a scope, depending on the scope (probobly used?) I figure I'll be into it for $500-$550, wee'l see!?
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