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Old 10-15-2010, 08:15 AM   #1
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I may have a chance to acquire a Spanish M93 carbine in payment for rebluing several rifles. The M93 lacks a bolt sleeve shroud and lock in it's design. Can either be installed? The rifle has been truly bubba sporterized so it's lost any collectible value but it would make a really nice featherweight hunting rifle. It looks to be a 1916 rifle and probably has adequate strength steel but I would just stick with the original 7 mm unless the barrel is shot. If it is I wonder if a surplus Swede 6.5mm would easily fit the small ring receiver?

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I may have a chance to acquire a Spanish M93 carbine in payment for rebluing several rifles. The M93 lacks a bolt sleeve shroud and lock in it's design. Can either be installed? The rifle has been truly bubba sporterized so it's lost any collectible value but it would make a really nice featherweight hunting rifle. It looks to be a 1916 rifle and probably has adequate strength steel but I would just stick with the original 7 mm unless the barrel is shot. If it is I wonder if a surplus Swede 6.5mm would easily fit the small ring receiver?
6.5x55 would be a great round for that action. 7x57 is no sloutch. The bolt face/ extractor would have to be modified slightly for 6.5x55.
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Leave it alone and shoot it as is 7mm Mauser is a good round.

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If everything is still nice and tight, I'd leave it in 7 X 57 Mauser. Because there are still many of the old Mausers still be used, standard commercial 7 X 57 ammo will be loaded such that it won't exceed the pressures safe for the old M93's. I've had a 1916 Spanish Mauser since 1967 that I've shot many, many rounds through without a hitch. The 7mm is an excellent round for just about any game you may choose to use it on. The newer '98 models did have a better bolt design, but '93's were still adequate.

This is what your rifle looked like before Bubba got it:

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That's what it originally looked like. But Bubba had at the stock and then the current owner had it stored underneath a bed in an RV that of course had a roof leak. Best I can tell is it's a 1916 from the Ovieda Spanish armory and there appears to be a 1932 production date on it. I haven't had a chance to clean the bore and get a good look at it's condition but right off the bat it's going to need to be recrowned. Looks like someone used it to drive nails. If it doesn't pass muster I'll pull the existing barrel and put on either a small ring 7x57 or 6.5x55.

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Either case I'll be reloading and would keep pressures safe. I've no desire to test out the lack of a third safety lug or the lack of a bolt shroud. Never having handled one of these before I sure was surprised at the size of the gas port on the receiver.

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Leave it alone and shoot it as is 7mm Mauser is a good round.
I stick with 7mm Mauser. Even if it needs a new barrel.
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Either case I'll be reloading and would keep pressures safe. I've no desire to test out the lack of a third safety lug or the lack of a bolt shroud. Never having handled one of these before I sure was surprised at the size of the gas port on the receiver.
I own a Serbian Mauser (Mitchell's) and have another M98 on its way, the second will be stripped and rebarreled in .338 Federal, from what I know about the second one the stock and barrel are in bad shape but the action is in good to great condition. My plans are to purchase a barrel blank and do all the chambering threading and profiling on my lathe. Being a large ring action I have no concerns with a .338 Federal chambering my second choice is the 9.3mm Mauser round.

However I digress, I have an excellent book on Mauser's.

"The Mauser M91 through M98 Bolt Actions -- A Shop Manual"
Author is Jerry Kuhnhausen, 1991

I purchased it from either Midway USA or Brownells.
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So what you're saying is keep it as a 7x57 and buy a Swede 96 if I want a 6.5x55? That will work. I plan on building a 9.3x62 as soon as a trade for a M98 goes thru. Bad case of the Mausers.

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So what you're saying is keep it as a 7x57 and buy a Swede 96 if I want a 6.5x55? That will work. I plan on building a 9.3x62 as soon as a trade for a M98 goes thru. Bad case of the Mausers.
Yup that's the ticket; and I am sure we could come up with a few more
ideas for more Mauser projects for you to do.

I can relate; I am a tool whore, with a gun problem. I am just not a cheap
tool whore. (I am plagarizing the last part but it is still applicable.)
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