I borrowed a friends .25-06 rifle a few years back, really fell in love with the .25-06 round. Makes very nice holes in whitetails. Well I have this old Nazi Mauser 98k, barrel is shot out of it, numbers do not match. Furniture is almost ready for kindling. But the action is in good, heck almost great shape. 8mm Mauser and the '06's share the same case head. So I am going to buy a barrel blank and try my hand at some gunsmithing. I have a Romi 13x40 engine lathe and bridgeport so the big machining questions are answered. Any welding will be done with the Miller Dynasty 300DX, not that I expect any. I have "The Mauser Bolt Actions: M91 Through M98, A Shop Manual" Book by Jerry Kuhnhausen and "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Precision Rifle Barrel Fitting" Book by John L. Hinnant; have read them both and have a good idea what is needed. Any advice is welcome. The will be my first forray into building a rifle but I do all my own work now on all my rifles. I would consider myself a good homeshop machinist, but I have the back up of a very skilled tool and die maker, a good friend, to fix me when I am stuck. Other than a .25-06 chamber reamer and a 55° Whitworth threading insert, I do not see any tooling that I do not already have or cannot make as needed. I have both laydown and Top Notch/Lok threading tools so getting a few inserts for the Whitworth is easy.