Originally Posted by JGguns
Can anyone else attest to this? I am on a budget but at the same time i am not in a rush, I dont want to skimp on something and end up having to replace it down the road. Plus I am gonna be building a .22 at the same time just a plinker but I want something nice...
Well, while a bit overstated, this is what I CAN say about the 8mm Mauser.
The German Mauser is a hell of an action. And the 8mm round has taken a TON of lives and even more animals in hunts all over the world, including game hunting in Africa.
Now, having said that, we are NOT talking about a Minute of Angle gun here. It's more like Minute of Deer.
The barrel isn't free floated, and in fact is subject to a constraining top wood cap that can exert negative pressure on the barrel should it begin to swell by getting wet. In addition, the Mauser's have a heavy firing pin, which travels slower and increases lock time ( between when you pull the trigger and when the rifle fires ). This can lead to less accurate shooting, but again, this isn't a precision rifle.
I believe that previously you were looking for a "tactical" style rifle, or maybe that was another new thread and I am confused, but if you are looking for a good rifle that will put meat on the table, sure the Mauser is a great choice. They have been around forever and the damn things keep running. They are well built, and in my opinion, under rated by the modern firearms culture.
Now, is it going to give you 1,000 yard, 10 inch MOA performance? No, it's not. Unless you plan on throwing a bunch of money at it.
The ammo is bit harder to find, so you should probably plan on reloading.
Shop your local gun shows, or used gun dealers and you can probably find a good one for a decent price...