Planning on building a new rifle off a Mauser 98k Action.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Shade, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    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.
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Subscribed to thread. I wanna watch this build. I also love the 25-06, and I'm very interested in how this turns out.
     

  3. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    Thanks, but this will be a long build my biggest problem is find time for the fun stuff.
     
  4. gunsmoke11

    gunsmoke11 New Member

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    You couldn't pick a finer action to use. I have a custom .270 Griffin & Howe and 2 custom British magazine express rifles. One's a Holland & Holland .375NE and the other's a .333 Jeffreys. All 3 have German '98 Mauser actions and they had good reason for choosing that particular action. You made a very wise choice. This is a custom German '98 Mauser that G&H re-barrelled and converted from .416 Rigby to .375 H&H after WWII. It shoots sweet.
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  5. Shade

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    How do you like the double set triggers? I have never shot a gun with
    double set.

    Still need to research trigger options, any input?

    I was planning on a thumbhole laminate stock.

    and mounting optics, Likely a Nikon 4-12 x 50
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I've shot quite a few rifles with both double and single set triggers. I am not a fan of set triggers but some people do like them. You have a large number of triggers choices with that action.
     
  7. gunsmoke11

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    I love the double set triggers, though I don't usually use it. But when you can take your time with a shot it's a great advantage and it's nice being able to have a choice. That scope's only a fixed 2 1/2 power Lyman Alaskan that was very popular on big game rifles from the early to mid 20th century. The combination of both has served well.
     
  8. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    Shade,
    Sounds like you have done your homework and seem to have a good handle on things. Plan it out and go slow. Keep us posted with your progress with photos. If you have any problems or questions, just ask. I have built numerous Mauser based rifles over my 45 years as a gunsmith and am here to help, as are a few others. Looking forward to seeing your progress.


    Jim..........
     
  9. unioncreek

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    I just refinished rebarreling a Turkish Mauser to 30-06. fun project. You don't need a lathe if you buy a short chambered barrel from Midway. You can also find a Remington 700 barrel and rethread it. Their pretty cheap on EBay. I also bought a used stock. I'm into it for about $150. I didn't document my progress until it was almost done. I have one more to do, but haven't decided on the caliber yet.

    Bobg
     
  10. Tuner

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    In a rifle build after all the metal work is done one could do no better then copy the classic design of a Griffin & Howe stock shown in the post by Gunsmoke11; they are simply without peer in style, grace and flowing lines. Styles come and go, but the G&H will always be a classic.
     
  11. sxsdoublegun

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    I just finished a similar project. Dad had his A-Bolt 25.06 stolen several years ago, along with my BAR and several other guns. I am replacing them for him and couldn't afford another A-Bolt so I built him a 25.06 from what I could afford.

    Started with a Interarms (Zastava) Mark X commercial 98 barreled action in 30.06. Had a heck of a time removing the barrel from the reciever after 43 years. Bought a 25.06 barrel from Midway. Did a light bead blast rather than polish. Then parkerized the barrel and reciever with Shooters Solutions bake on parkerizing. Dropped it into a composite stock also from Midway. Rented a hand powered chamber reamer and used plastiguage and a box of new ammo to get the headspace correct. Mounted a Nikon 3-9x42 in Millet rings and bases. Except for scope and mounts have about $260 in the rifle. It will shoot better than 1/2" at 100 yards in 5 shots.

    Waiting on my Dad to get back from his deer camp to find out how it worked for him.


    Max
     
  12. sxsdoublegun

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    The Mark X/Midway 25.06 killed a 7 point buck field dressed 185 lbs on the cotton scales, and a doe that weighed 155. Heart/lung shots at 125 yards and 70 yards. Dad says point of impact was at point of aim. I'll take his word for it.

    83 and better health than me. Happy he is enjoying the new gun.


    Max