Originally Posted by jpattersonnh
1895 Mauser is a small ring 95 action. The were built in Germany for export, some also in Belgium, 7x57 Mauser. Quite a few countries re-barreled them for 7.62x51 Nato, not .308.
In many respects it is similar to the Spanish Civil Guardia, another 7x57 converted to 7.62x51. Used w/ the correct 147gr Nato round they will last a life time. Standard .308 ammo is not a good idea w/ these rifles.
If you are looking for parts, try Numrich or Sarco.
I have or have had 2- 95 action, 2- 93 action, 6- 96 action, and 5- 98 action Mauser Military rifles.
Robo gave good advice for factory ammo.
This is labeled as nato AND .308, I assume because nato rounds can work in a .308 chamber, but .308 winchester isn't recommended for a nato rifle? What thread can you direct me to regarding nato vs .308? I've shot lots of calibers, but this is my first attempt at .308/nato and would like to familiarize myself with it...