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zaitsev44 10-23-2012 09:14 PM

Surplus Rifle Project
I've been looking for a broken/incomplete military surplus rifle to fix up as practice for becoming a gunsmith. Anyone know where I can get on? I checked Allan's Armory and they have Carcano's, and Mauser's, but nothing that has ammo at the ready. Anyone know where I can find one, or want to sell one? I'm in Alabama, for an FFL problems

magnumman 10-23-2012 09:23 PM

You can get a mosin for next to nothing. It will probably be complete but they can all use a nice new stock and refinishing.

zaitsev44 10-23-2012 10:06 PM

The thing is that I would like to gain experience by fitting parts and finding parts to complete it piece by piece. I've found Mausers and Carcanos for cheaper than Mosins, but they need seemingly hard to find parts they need.

zaitsev44 10-23-2012 10:08 PM

Plus ammo for the Carcano is difficult to find, but Mauser ammo is easy and everywhere

orangello 10-23-2012 10:30 PM

Have you been to a pawn & gun shop lately? I bet they will have an ugly gun for your training, maybe an SKS.

zaitsev44 10-24-2012 01:48 AM

I went to a pawn shop earlier and they had the same old same old, alls that was different was that they were missing a few Mosins and SKS's

zaitsev44 10-24-2012 01:49 AM

And to add that I'm not old enough to purchase a gun, so my dad would have to talk to them

SSGN_Doc 10-24-2012 02:33 AM

If you get a Mauser action you could hone your skills by rebarreling it to an available caliber. Any large ring 1898 model action should have enough parts out there for you to find a bolt and serviceable 8mm barrel. May even be able to find some if the South American barrels in .30-06.

So a broken Mauser in an odd caliber should not be a deal breaker if you really want the gunsmithing experience.

zaitsev44 10-24-2012 12:44 PM

A Mauser in .30-06 would be pretty cool, nice and plentiful ammo. Know where I could find a .30-06 Mauser barrel?

orangello 10-24-2012 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by zaitsev44 (Post 987928)
A Mauser in .30-06 would be pretty cool, nice and plentiful ammo. Know where I could find a .30-06 Mauser barrel?
Not new, but cool, if that is the model you are looking for.

Maybe there is a cheaper place?

If you do this, PLEASE kill a bear with it. :)

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