Need help identifying this Mauser, good or bad?


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bigdogpete
November 11, 2012, 09:52 PM
Hi everyone.

I am looking at buying this Mauser for $350. I would appreciate any information that would help me make up my mind. I don't know enough about Mausers to know if it is worth that amount.

Here is what I know. This is on the left hand side of the chamber area.

30-06 mauser FAB, NAT. D'ARMES de Herstal Belgium

The physical condition is in very good shape. The scope is very cheap scope Tasco.

Here are some pics sent to me.

bigdog

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Jim K
November 11, 2012, 11:00 PM
It looks like a sporterized millitary rifle. If the bore is good and it shoots OK, it is probably worth $350 (with the scope), but I would make sure I could get the money back if it turns out to be a dud.

Jim

natman
November 12, 2012, 02:50 PM
IMO you would be FAR better off with a brand new Marlin x7 that came with a warranty for less money. Then buy a VX-2 Leupold and go hunting.

Dr.Rob
November 12, 2012, 03:11 PM
I'd say it's worth that. FN mauser actions are strong and well made. However it has been pointed out that's a military action and that stepped barrel suggests it's an origianl too. Military bolt guns aren't often 'tack drivers' as far as accuracy. While a modern commerical rifle will guarantee 1 inch 3 shot groups at 100 yards, many military rifles would be exceptional with 3 inch groups. FN rifles are 'high end' Mausers. I'd expect 3 inch groups or better with a good scope. (5-6 inch groups are far more common in heavily used surplus rifles that were shot with corrosive ammo and cleaned with steel rods.)

Often times you face this dilemma in buying a used firearm. "will it shoot accurately?" Only one way to find out.If you can't test fire it, look it over carefully with a bore light. Inspect the bore, the chamber and the crown of the muzzle.

Look for worn rifling, nicks and burrs at the muzzle and roughness at the throat of the bore and chamber.

If it's clean, make an offer.

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