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pisgah

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Or maybe I should say the Ruger is Mauser-like. I know this is not a Ruger, but it's a classic of sorts. Fifty-plus years ago when I was catching the whitetail bug and, as a consequence, the rifle bug, a well-done sporterized 98 Mauser was my young heart's dream. Over the years I have owned 3 or 4, all fine rifles (one of which I would give my last few teeth to have back), and this one bids fair to be both one of the best and possibly the last one I'll acquire. A buddy stopped by on his way to put it on consignment at a gun shop. After I had looked it over, I asked the price -- which, naturally, was too low to even bargain over. I won't disclose the price, but I'll say that for less than I'd pay for a new Savage Axis equipped with a lousy scope I got a work of art.

It's a Spanish Model 98, their designation being M43. I know that's regarded as a less-desirable 98 by some, but this one is pristine and looks like it could have left the factory last week. Given the use I intend to make of it I am unconcerned. It is chambered for the 8x57 JS round, and the bore is perfect. Barrel and receiver have been beautifully polished and blued, and a Williams sight combo is nicely installed. It was drilled and tapped for a scope, so I added Weaver bases and rings, along with a vintage steel-tube Weaver K-4W I had stuck in a drawer. It looks right and works right. The trigger is standard military, but it is the very best one I have ever encountered. The first stage is smooth and virtually weightless, while the trigger break is absolutely crisp at about 4 lbs. The stock is walnut, the barreled action expertly inletted and glass-bedded, fairly slim but with a handfilling grip, with a modest, well-executed rollover cheekpiece that together with the almost-straight stock and the almost-10 lb. weight are going to make this a pussycat to shoot even when the fullhouse loads get brewed. The thin Pachmayr White Line butt pad doesn't help much, but it does look good. Only full-growed men and hefty women will find it anything but a chore to tote in rough country, but for stand hunting or slow stillhunting in open woods it should be fine. The overall slimness and balance help a lot in that regard.

I have plenty of IMR 4064 on hand, and dies and 200 gr. Speer softpoints are enroute, but two boxes of Federal 170s and one box of Privi Partisan 196 softpoints, both fairly mild loads, came with the rifle. After zeroing dead-on at 25 yards I shot a three-round group of each at 100 yards. Even with the discrepancy in bullet weights and velocities both shot essentially to the same point of aim, and both groups were just a smidgeon under 1.3".

I know it is cruel to post this without pictures, but Photobucket and I seem to be having a spat right now. Soon as I work something out I will make amends.
 

pisgah

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Some pictures (I hope)

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GRAMPS 51

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Hi Very nice I have 3 of them not nearly as nice and love them 6.5x55 7x57 and 8x57 I will be playing with the 6.5 next weekend

Gramps
 

Bob Wright

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I see so many black plastic rifles nowadays that when I see a classic like that I sort of choke up. Sort of the same reaction Adam must have had when he first laid eyes on Eve.


Beauties!

Bob Wright
 

Poco Oso

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Beautiful rifle! There's nothing like a nice wood and steel classic, and that's a real nice one. Congratulations on a fine score.
 
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Nice lookin rifle. They are also great shooters. My very first custom was a 1891 Mauser. Wrapped it in a Herters walnut stock, turned down and 'spoon handled' the bolt handle, and added a 3x9 scope (I honestly don't remember what kind, it was a LONG time ago). Wish I still had it.
 

GP100

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pisgah,

That is a gorgeous looking rifle. I love gun porn. :D
 

pisgah

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clintsfolly said:
Nice go forth and hunt till you have had enough!

Right now I am contemplating a 200 gr. Speer over 46 gr. IMR4064, seated as long as the mag will allow, for something around 2600 fps -- and I know just the buck I want to send it to! :D That's a start!
 

mikewriter

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Yes, VERY nice! I have a 1909 Argentine Mauser that had been re-barreled to .270 and put in a nice sporter stock. I glass-beded the action and floated the barrel. It is not the most accurate rifle I own, but it hits deer when pointed at them!

Mike
 

snowman2

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I just picked up a Husqavarna built on a FN 98 in 9.3x57 Mauser currently restocking it as the original stock is made for using open sights and to low for scope use.
 

PriseDeFer

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Hang on to that stock, bolt guns set up for fast and desperate shooting over open sights are getting rare.
 

Colonel Daddy

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Bob Wright said:
I see so many black plastic rifles nowadays that when I see a classic like that I sort of choke up. Sort of the same reaction Adam must have had when he first laid eyes on Eve.


Beauties!

Bob Wright
Totally agree! Also see too many hunting rifles that look as if the metal wasn't polished, just sprayed with flat black paint and put in plastic stocks. Real walnut and polished and blued steel sorta give me the feeling Mr. Wright is talking about! :wink:
 

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