Lucky in being at range last Friday with a gent who'd wanted a "custom mauser" and had a local gunsmith with a decent reputation, build one for him in 25-06 about 8 months ago. Gunsmith did more than his share of work with mausers over the years and he'd told me sometime ago, he didn't want to work with mauser actions anymore....that you just can't get the accuracy out of them that people expect these days. Had been in his shop one day, when he turned down a job with a mauser action, saying I don't want to work with mausers anymore. Gunsmith had a darn fine collection of quality metal working equipment, could and did make his own actions for example. So, was surprised the gunsmith built the "custom mauser" action rifle with a Steyr 98 action for the guy. Anyway, this gunsmith had built a 25-06 for my fellow range member about 8 months ago. After 200 rounds downrange with the rifle, shooting various factory ammunition and his own 25-06 reloads, about the best 100 yd group he'd shot was something around 2 1/2". It started out shooting 3 to 4" 100 yd groups. Rifle went back to the gunsmith a couple of times and he tinkered with it....had another gunsmith look at it. Neither could solve the accuracy problem with the rifle and the rifle owner gave up on the rifle. Gent was used to shooting around 1/2" to 3/4" groups with his other rifles that he used for hunting. So, when I crossed paths with the gent at range last Friday, casually asked him if he ever got the 25-06 mauser to shoot. Leaving out the colorful words he said about the rifle, the answer was NO! He knew I had a number of rifles built on mauser actions and asked me if I was interested in buying it. Knew he had over $600 invested in the rifle and told him sorry, that any offer I'd care to make would be an insult. His response was, well, would you pay me $200. I bought the rifle and am now in process of trying to solve problem of its inaccuracy. Own another 25-06, so reload for it. Have fixed some things I didn't like about the rifle since I've brought it home, but weather here has been bad, so no range time with it yet. I have an unused Shilen 6mm barrel that's already threaded for a Large Ring Mauser. For two hundred dollars, think got a good deal just on the Steyr action in the rifle, considering its condition, bolt turned, cerracoated and etc. If nothing else, will have the 6mm barrel installed and chambered in 6mm Remington, a cartridge I prefer over the 243 and already reload for.