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Old 10-16-2014, 02:14 AM   #1
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I've been interested in building an AK for a few weeks now, I've watched many hours of videos and looking around at parts kits and receivers. I think I can do it, but the AK build questions will be asked in a separate thread. What I'd like to know is: AK or Mauser? The AK requires more skill, tools, parts, time, and money. The Mauser is simple, a lot cheaper than the AK build, requires fewer tools, and would be a good learning experience.
My plans for the AK are pretty straight and forward. I was planning on an 80% receiver, a parts kit with a US barrel already installed, and rivet/screws/welds will be discussed in another thread.
The Mauser would be more practical for the time being. I am wanting to use a large ring action, a Brazilian M1908 7.62x51 NATO barrel, and a Boyds stock plus all the other parts. I will not be sporterizing a rifle, I'm a C&R purist, so I will be using a previously drilled and tapped receiver or sporterized rifle. The only tools needed is a barrel vise and action wrench and some Go/No-Go gauges IIRC. I've been wanting a 7.62 Mauser, and all the ones I've found are outside of my price range. It'll be my hunting rifle for the year if I can build it before then. It'll be a shooter, and as accurate as I can make it. Polish the bolt and action, clean the bore up nicely, put a scope on it, clean up the trigger (if necessary), and possibly glass bed the stock. For a 7.62/.308 Mauser I was going to get a M1916 Spanish Mauser that SAMCO sells (for collecting, not building off its action), but I've heard they're chambered for 7.62 CETME, not 7.62 NATO (charges are different), and that's what turned me away from them.
With all that being said, my motives for the AK is to build one (or at least get the parts for one) before the next panic hits. And for the Mauser, a good hunting and plinking rifle and some good practice for future builds. I apologize for this post being so long and drawn out. What do y'all think? Tips, lessons, and personal experiences are appreciated! Thank you!

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I've good luck shooting NATO out of my Spanish. But mine is not that old and may vary from what you have.

I would think that as a "C&R purist" that you would want things original.

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I've good luck shooting NATO out of my Spanish. But mine is not that old and may vary from what you have.

I would think that as a "C&R purist" that you would want things original.
Here's a link to the one Samco is selling. https://www.samcoglobal.com/1-1916.html
I've heard mixed things about shooting 7.62 NATO out of them, but for $169, it'd be hard to beat it. If I were to get one, it'd be a part of my collection, and would be safe from any sporterization.
The action I'm planning on using will be an action that someone has drilled and tapped sometime in the past. Or a rifle that has been sporterized previously. Since it's been drilled and tapped, then I wouldn't be ruining it. I hope that made sense, maybe "C&R purist" was a poor choice of words
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Thanks! Please keep us informed on your decision.

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I have passed up several very nice sporterized Mausers. They were mostly in 30-06, scoped with decent glass and custom stocked. Price was $500 or less. One I know the seller had $1500 to $2000 invested and the scope was worth the asking price of $500. Years ago I would have grabbed one but I dont need another safe queen. If you build the Mauser, do it for the project because you wont get your money out if you decide to sell it.

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I have passed up several very nice sporterized Mausers. They were mostly in 30-06, scoped with decent glass and custom stocked. Price was $500 or less. One I know the seller had $1500 to $2000 invested and the scope was worth the asking price of $500. Years ago I would have grabbed one but I dont need another safe queen. If you build the Mauser, do it for the project because you wont get your money out if you decide to sell it.

Most sporter projects end up like that. Most sporters on Armslist I've seen are reasonably priced but aren't already drilled and tapped, even though the stock and barrel are cut down. I'm not looking to sink more money into it than what I would pay for one already in 7.62x51, that's drilled and tapped. I already have a scope with rings from a while back, and I already know where I'll get the barrel and a ballpark estimate of the rest of the components. Hoosier Gun Parts has several large ring receivers by themselves. I'm leaning more towards a Mauser build as of right now due to lack of time. I will purchase a pre-bent AK receiver for when I do build an AK in case another panic buying period hits. I could probably make an action wrench, as well as a barrel vise (or a bench vise with a set of polymer or rubber jaw pads to hold the barrel in place).
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