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Old 08-14-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default I have a dilemma!

There are 2 gun shops in town, One has a nice mosin m 38 with strong rifleing and correct stock that I'm really drawn to. Since I already have a 91/30 and a nice m44 it would be a great addition to the family, The other has a near mint 1916 Spanish Mauser in .308 that's calling my name. Both are around $250

I love my Mosins but the 308 would be much easier to find hunting ammo for off the shelf where I live

On the other hand, The guy with the Mauser also has spam cans of 7.62x 54 for $120 out the door so practice ammo is much cheaper for the Mosins.

Decisions, decisions!
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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Go for the mosin. If you like the classics and want a Mauser, find one with the original chambering. As far as I'm concerned, that "near mint" thing goes right out the window with the calibre conversion. If it's the 308 you really want, just buy a modern 308 rifle
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The m38 does handle a lot nicer than my m44 and you can't have too many mosins, but damn that Mauser looks nice!
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The price is rather......steep for an M38. *cough*

DO check muzzle for wear- many have been counterbored to remove eroded rifling at the muzzle.
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I thought the price was a bit steep for both guns but by the time you pay shipping and ffl fees they don't sound to bad.

I will look the m38 over really well, The reason i'm drawn to it is it is the first one I've seen locally for sale in many years, and I may be able to talk him down a bit in price.
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Ya know, you can always sell a kid or somethin and get 'em both
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It would have to be a grandkid, ............Maybe I can sweet talk my daughter:-)
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It's for a good cause. I'm sure she'll go for it
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Default 7.62x51 vs. .308Win

For the M93 Mauser type rifles.

Mid 20th century military swapped over to the robust M98 Mauser action for a reason.
if you pick up the M1916 Spanish Mauser research it before shooting .308 Winchester out of it, its very close to the same bolt used in the 1891 Argentine Mauser which its warned never to chamber for .308 Winchester.
if you do pick up one of these handy little rifles id suggest using 7.62x51 ammo. Think 7.65 Arg or .303 Brit if hand loading for it.

http://masterton.us/Spanmauhome

http://curioandrelicfirearmsforum.yuku.com/topic/6126/SPANISH-MAUSER-HISTORY-AND-A-CAUTION?page=1

http://forums.thecmp.org/archive/index.php/t-84605.html

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Rex,
Thanks for the links they have some good info in them.
I've done some research on these and there is a LOT... of conflicting information out there.

I did find an older guns and ammo piece that actually has good things to say about them.

I still haven't decided what I'm going to buy yet. But for me half the fun is in the research.
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