Mauser K98 sporterized to 30-06


July 21, 2008, 12:12 AM
Local shop has a decent looking Mauser that was sporterized and converted to 30-06.... normally I'm just interested in unmolested milsurp but they are only asking $120 which seems like a decent enough price. Think it's worth picking up or pass?

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July 21, 2008, 12:23 AM
Do you want it?

Go ahead... it's not like you're out much if its not any good. You still will have what I assume is a perfectly serviceable 98 action, plus the parts.

July 21, 2008, 12:27 AM
it's all about if you have a use for such a rifle... as it no longer has collector value

if you have a use for a mauser based .30-06 sporter take a look at the condition of the firearm and the quality of work put into it $120 sounds reasonable for a .30-06 sporter provided it's not a complete hack job or shot out and even then as mentioned above it could be worth that for the parts

July 21, 2008, 12:40 AM
as long as its not butchered it sounds like a good rifle. The Mauser action is certainly strong enough to eat .30-06.
I'd make sure they check headspace and go/no-go gauges right in front of you.

July 21, 2008, 01:30 PM
Worth it for parts, but I personally wouldn't buy it because I wouldn't end up using it and wouldn't part it out.

July 21, 2008, 01:33 PM
Go ahead and buy. Of course it's not my money, but if it's good condition why not. If you plan on putting a scope on it you might have to change the safety(unless someone else did).

July 21, 2008, 01:46 PM
Are you sure it a sporterized milsurp and not a commercial Mauser?

Also, I know that the standard military Mauser magazines aren't long enough to hold the longer/heavier bullet .30-06 loadings without some modification.

July 21, 2008, 02:09 PM
It's got a crest of some variety stamped on the receiver and is most definitely a milsurp.... only reason to get it really is that it's cheap and I don't have a 30-06 just yet. One of these days I'm gonna get a couple Garands but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

July 21, 2008, 02:29 PM
Check it out closer. The only original Mauser factory gun made in 30-06 was by FN/Herstal in the 1948-1955 time frame. They took military receivers and chambered the gun in 30-06 because of the surplus ammo we left after WWII. When the FN49 /FAL was adopted they built commercial guns out of them. They are one of the absolutely finest most accurate Mauser ever made. I have one I got at a pawn shop last year for $300, put a Leupold 3x9 on it and it shoots MOA using 150g sps over 45g of IMR4895. Is probably the best made and certainly the most accurate gun I own. Can't wait until deer season.

July 21, 2008, 03:01 PM
Didn't some Argentine Mausers come in 30-06? Of course they were probably manufactured by FN or in Germany.


July 21, 2008, 06:50 PM
Someone may need to correct me on this...

Argentine Mausers were chambered for 7.65x53mm Argentine.
IIRC, some where rechambered to 30'06 but the bore diameter is too large for a .308 diameter bullet. A .311 diameter was a better fit.
I think they nicknamed this combo the 31'06.

Regardless, the 1909 Argentine Mauser action is known to be one of the best.
If it looks like it's in decent, useable shape, I'd get it.

July 21, 2008, 08:54 PM
If it is a 1909 Argentine Mauser Mauser action mfg by DWM in Berlin that is in decent shape it's worth the money. That action can be used in making beautiful custom rifles.

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