K98 Mauser action

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by cappaletti, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. cappaletti

    cappaletti New Member

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    I am wanting to build a .35 Whelen from a Mauser action. Just wanted to know if anyone knows of a 100% reputable dealer that sells them. If I have to I'll take a barreled action or the whole rifle but would prefer just the action.
     
  2. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Are you looking for a smith that may have an action for sale, or a smith that will sell you the needed items and do the build for you?
     
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  3. cappaletti

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    K98 build

    I'm gonna do the build myself. The bbl will be coming from Green Mountain and all I need for right now is an action. I've read varied reports on some of the Mauser dealers that advertise in various publications so I'm having difficulty in finding one that is reputable.
     
  4. stalkingbear

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    What I do is find whole rifles cheap and strip them down. That way you can sell the barrel & stock and recoup some of the purchase price. I can usually find a whole rifle cheaper than a complete action anyway. The condition of the barrel/stock should give you an indication of the care (or lack of) that's been taken of the rifle.
     
  5. 50of4064

    50of4064 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have been involved in two Mauser builds, the first was a .308 on a VZ 24 receiver. ( It started out as a complete rifle and I sent everything but the receiver, floor plate- trigger guard, pillars and trigger group down the road to recoup some of my cost.) I was directed to the VZ action as one of the better actions to acquire as the materials and workmanship at the armory were first class.
    The action was in great shape, rails were nice and even, and the bolt, floor plate and receiver were all marked the same.
    The gun shows here in LA have a few dealers selling Mauser actions, the average price is around 125-150. In fact today's Big 5 sporting goods have a Mauser rifle complete for under 200.
     
  6. cappaletti

    cappaletti New Member

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    Mauser build

    Thanks to all for the info..need all I can get at this point. Lots of good ideas and suggestions...thanks again..anybody heard any reports on Mitchell's Mausers? I've heard varying things about them...
     
  7. stalkingbear

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    From my experience Mitchell's Mausers are top rate and much too nice (and expensive) to strip down for a build. If you still want 1 to strip I can't think of a nicer line of rifles to do so.
     
  8. cappaletti

    cappaletti New Member

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    I'll bear all this in mind and thanks much!
     
  9. sloejoe

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    cappaletti--I don't know what condition you want the action to be in but a place worthing checking is Sarco, Inc., Firearms, Firearms Parts and Accessories & check out their item# gun004--98k complete action VG condition for $89.50--May 10-2010 issue of Shotgun News.
     
  10. cappaletti

    cappaletti New Member

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    I've got that issue (save them all!) so I'll go take a look...thanks much!
     
  11. TexasPatriot

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    Action

    Why not just buy a Savage 110 long action. They are cheap, proven, strong, extremely accurate, and highly conducive to home builds. If you were looking for a complete rifle, I have an old model J series 110 with detachable mag, in 7mm rem mag. Excellent condition with pristine bore. Beautiful walnut stock. I'll sell it for $500. Grab an OughtSix bolt head and you're in business. The trigger breaks like glass at around 2 pounds. 1 to 1.25 inch groups at 100yds common. Better than that on a good day. Then sell the barrel, stock, and other remaining parts piece meal to recoup investment.
     
  12. cappaletti

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    Savage action

    Thanks for the input..will consider it but I'm pretty much sold on Mauser. Just missed one at Sarco..oh well...:rolleyes:
     
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  14. jpattersonnh

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    You really should take a serious look at Sarco! One thing I can suggest is instead of .35 Whelen, look at 9.3x62. It buries the Whelen in every catagory, and a Mauser, large ring is the perfect doner rifle. I shoot a 9.3x57 in a small ring Mauser. It comes really close to .35 Whelen ballistics and can shoot heavier bullets. There would be less work on the rifle to change from 8x57 to 9.3x62. It seems stupid, But 1mm in case length requires mag well work. OAL in the cartridges are as follows, .35 Whelen: 3.34", 9.3x62: 3.29"
    FYI, The 9.3x62 is a very popular dangerous game cartridge in Africa. The .35 is not allowed for this purpose. I can tell you, That .366" 286gr bullet from a 9.3x57 packs a big wallop.