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Old 12-15-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Got a Mauser, want to hunt with it, any suggestions?

I have a m43 Spanish Mauser in 8x57mm
I've put a scope on it, but I'd like to make it into a accurate hunting rifle
I'm open to any ideas: new sporter stock, triggers, barrels, bedding
Really any ideas that have worked for you, let me know

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Old 12-15-2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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All you really need to do is put a sporter stock and a good scope on it! Mausers are usually accurate enough that u don't need to do much to them.

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Ether S&K or weaver had a bolt on scope base for a scout scope for most mausers but beyound that money is going to run wild. Talk to a good smithy about what you want and see how it goes for priceing. Besure you don't get a community college educated one OR look at thesehttp://www.montanarifleco.com/custom.rifles.html

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I own a 98k Mauser and I would feel comfortable hunting with it as is. I plan on installing a after market trigger in the future but that is about it. If I spotted a deer between 100 and 200 yards I have no doubt I could nail it. A lot of these surplus rifles are very accurate.

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Shoot a bear with it, maybe a couple of times. If he waves goodbye as he dies, get it on youtube ASAP; i hear people like waving bears.

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depends on what kind of accuracy you expect from it. if it's in decent working order and you take the time to find an accurate load for it, it should be fine for hunting. how original is the rifle? i mean if it's in really good shape and matching numbers, might be better to leave it be and hunt with just as it is, rather than modifying it. mausers, are one of the most modified rifles and has some of the largest aftermarket support of any rifle platform out there. so the question comes down to how much money you want to spend.

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Most military mausers have a double stage trigger. If you can get used to it, accuracy should be ok, however, you might want to consider a moder single stage trigger replacement.
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Since it is already scoped, try a stock from Boyds. You may be suprised at the accuracy. If it is a cheap scope, well that may be the issue.

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Not sure how it compares to my yugo m98 mauser, but if it's anything like it, a composite stock would be awesome. The stock on my m98 paired with the weight of the receiver and barrel made it heavy as hell. That metal butt plate put bruises on my shoulder plenty of times. I used antique ammo and it was a real pain to clean. If you can get some modern smokeless ammo do it.

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Surplus ammo is fine to use. A little boiling water down the barrel and on the bolt face and clean as any other rifle. Most of the time a bruised shoulder is a sign your not holding the rifle correctly. A synthetic stock would be fine, but the lighter you make the rifle, the more felt recoil you have. BTW, 8x57 Surplus is modern smokeless ammo. The Primer compound is what becomes corrosive in surplus ammo, it becomes salt basicly.

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