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My borther-in-law gave me a 1909 Mauser. He put a Shillings barrel on it, had the bolt handle reoositioned, put a Timney trigger on it. I need a new safety, stock, drilled and tapped for scope mounts, and to have the gun blued. My buddy said he would dura coat it. Anyone ever use dura coat on a rifle like this??

The action has Mauser Modelo Argentino 1909 on the side. Also says Deutsche Waffen-UND MunitionsFabriken Berlin. He said it is a good action but I have no clue if it is or not.

Any info on this would be helpful. The only gunsmith I know is not working anymore. He is in bad health. I need a new gunsmith. Anyone know a good gun smith??

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The 1909 is a popular action to make custom sporters off of. It is a Large Ring 98 style receiver. I'm assuming you mean Shilen barrel? The nice thing about the 1909's is that the trigger guard/bottom metal had a hinged floor plate which can be worth some money by itself.

I had never dura coated anything but hear it's fairly durable. If it were mine I would have it blued. You can get many of the parts you need off of midwayusa.com or brownells.com. As for the drilling and tapping. It can be done, but unless you have a jig it is best left to a smith.

Sounds like you have a great start on a nice project gun. They are great actions to build custom sporters off of.

If you don't want it i'm sure there are plenty of people that would take it off you hands, me being one of them!
 

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Agree on all points with spitfire_er, particulary concerning to have it blued... much nicer finish to my eyes than dura coate. Finish your project and you will enjoy a great guns. Good luck.
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I am in Asheboro, NC. I hope someone can recommend a good gunsmith.

The barrel is a Shelin barrel chambered in .280. Would not have been my choice because I just bought a 270 about a month ago. I also have a 25-05 and a 30-06.


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If you can't find any gunsmith close to you then check out licensed gunsmith named: Mark Skaggs at Skaggsgunsmithing.com. Mark is in Oregon, but he is so reasonably priced that even with shipping costs added, lower priced than most licensed gunsmiths I could use locally. Leastways, that is what I discovered when sending him mauser work from Texas about 3 or 4 times. NO problem for Mark with the safety, D&T or finishing the metal in duracoat or some other type of gun metal finish.
 

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Mark Skaggs

I just sent Mark a e-mail. I asked him his advice on a few things.

Tonight I ordered a left handed safety and a new cocking piece for the bolt. The old cocking piece was worn and I decided to just go ahead and get a new one.

If Mark is as reasonable as you say I will install the parts I ordered and then ship it to him to drill and tap and blue. The action has some minor pitting on the lower left side. I was thinking that Dura Coat may be a better option but I asked his opinion and will wait to see what he says.

I am going to order a Boyds laminated stock for it after I get the metal work finished. Should be a really nice gun.

Thanks!


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I'm not going to knock anything that Mark says, but if you would want to post a picture of the pitting here.... MINUS a Serial # if present..... you could get some great opinions here too!:D

Also if it is going to lie below the stock line it won't matter ether way.

You could also Parkerize it too! I parkerized the last K98 I put together and it turned out great.
 

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After looking at yours, it looks like the stock will cover up the pitting. I will take a few pictures when I get home on Sunday and post them. I have been thinking about doing it but just havn't yet.

I want to get the new safety put on and get it back working 100 % mechanical and then will worry about the stock, blue and scope mounts.

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Nice looking action. It looks in good shape overall. If it were mine I would not hesitate to do which ever finish I thought would look good. I don't see a problem with bluing that action. It will take a little prep work, but I think it could be done. Looks like most of the pitting will be below the wood line also.
 

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Scope bases

Several years ago I had a 98 Mauser drilled and tapped for a scope. I purchased a 1 piece Leupold base for that gun. The base was formed to go over the stripper clip hump.
Now I am having trouble finding another like this.

Does anyone have the part number if they still make them? I prefer not to grind the hump off the gun if I can get away with it.

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Check out Leupold and Redfield websites - they should still make them.
 

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Leupold

I called Leupold technical support and the dude did not have a clue. I asked if he could check with someone and he pretty much just brushed me off. He gave me the part numbers but could not tell me if it would clear the hump.

He gave me part # 49990 for the 1 piece and 52370 for the 2 piece. I will look at them when I get home because I can't look it up at work.

On another note, the safety and new cocking piece came in the mail today. Meeting the gunsmith tomorrow about drilling and tapping and blueing the gun.

Have to decide between a laminated Boyds stock or the Boyds thumbhole stock. Any suggestions on other stocks?


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