La Coruna 98 Mauser in 30-06


February 10, 2013, 11:12 PM
I recently ended up with this La Coruna 98 Mauser with what appears to be a commercial barrel in 30-06. It has a Timney trigger and is mounted in a Fajen synthetic stock. The bolt won't close on a no-go gauge, so the headspace isn't excessive. The metal work appears to be of professional (non-Bubba) quality.

Any idea about the relative value/quality of these guns? It was cheap so I won't get hurt feelings if you tell me it's garbage.

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February 11, 2013, 12:30 AM
Whoever did the sporterization appears to have done a very fine job. Not the best of the 98 actions out there to start with, but it looks like they really took their time making it nice.

I'd see how it shoots. The rifles don't have a whole lot of value, but IMO, a sporterized Mauser 98 (that's done well) is the equal of anything you can buy over the counter brand new these days. No, I take that back, it's better than anything else you'll find out there new.

Things to look for on a conversion, is make sure the scope mount is properly drilled and well attached, and make sure the feed rails are done properly. The controlled round feed works like magic, but only when the rails and magazine box are properly modified for the cartridge you're using.

The Timney trigger is a big plus. The stock isn't the prettiest in the world, but if you bought it to go hunting with, it's about the best you could ask for. If it isn't already bedded around the tang and recoil lug, I'd do that as well.

Let us know how it shoots. And most importantly, have fun with it!

February 11, 2013, 12:31 AM
Also, from the looks of the trigger guard, I'd take a dremel and take about 1/8" off the bottom of that trigger next time you have it out. Timneys are known for being a little long for the military trigger guards.

February 11, 2013, 05:35 AM
Some of the La Coruna actions were very brittle due to improper (mid Spanish Civil War circa 1938-39) heat treating. As such, they were very brittle and would crack if fed high pressure ammo.

The fact that it has been successfully drilled and tapped suggests that its one of the "good ones". A brittle reciever is known to "eat" carbide tap's... (break them off, that is if you could even get the drill bits to drill straight holes).

I've got one that I had reworked to .257Roberts in 1983. It was done by a friend who was a gunsmith and the metal work is exquisite/beautiful. It wears a Brownells bolt handle (a bit different from yours) and the reciever was re-milled to eliminate the raised boss for the stripper clip slot. It also was polished with a 400grit high luster/gloss blue and wears a Bishop #2 grade "semi-fancy" Walnut "feather weight" stock with Rosewood grip and forend caps. It also has extensive "point-pattern" checkering.
It has an E.R.Shaw barrel, and though it picked up some mid-bore pitting 20yrs or so ago, it still shoots sub-moa 5-shot groups.... (It wears a '60's era Leupold Vari-X II 2-7x scope). I've taken over 100 white-tail deer and a mule deer with it...

Market value probably isn't any better than yours or a used Savage Axis ($250-400.00) but sentimental value, it's priceless.... My wife, and younger brother both killed their first deer with it. My younger brother in the early '70's when the rifle was still in 8x57mm, though even then, it wasn't the original barrel which was probably shot-out before 1945.... My older brother and I bought it for $7.99 in April of 1968 before the '68 GCA went into effect. Rather I should say my mother "payed" for it at the check out at the Mason's Dept. Store in south Anniston, Alabama... They "dumped" them before the records requirement of the '68 GCA went into effect. (The infamous ATF #4473 form). They had dozens of them in stacked in metal trash-cans along with Italian Carcano's, and '93 Mausers in 7x57. Carcano's were $5.99, '93's were $6.99 and M98's (La Coruna's) were $7.99. My older brother knew enough to know the M98's were "a little better" at the time... Though in reality now, the Carcano's would sell for they were in 6.5.

A co-worker of my dad was a "basement" gunsmith and put another barrel on it in 1968, as the original looked like a "rusty sewer pipe" with essentially no rifling. I remember the first time we took it out, it wouldn't even fire due to a damaged firing pin. My dad's co-worker put a new firing pin and the barrel off of a BRNO mauser he'd gotten from "Flaigs" that he had built into a .22-250 even before Remington brought it out....

It shot well with the 8x57, but was very, very UGLY !!!

It's now a family "heirloom"... That still "works for a living"...

February 12, 2013, 10:44 PM
I haven't actually shot it yet, just checked the headspace. I'm afraid to shoot it...afraid I might like it. I'm trying to reduce my inventory of RH guns, not fall in love with another one.

February 13, 2013, 03:14 PM
Keep it and don't worry about the value.

The purchase , installation, bluing of that barrel has to be $300-$400 range.

The Stock, lets say it was $200.00

A Timney trigger, $100.00

The Buehler type safety, $70.00

Bolt bending $70.00

Sights, $70.00. Drill holes $10.00 each

Someone put a lot of money into making that rifle.

February 13, 2013, 03:18 PM
The M43 action this rifle was built on was made after the Spanish Civil War, because there were no M43 rifles in production at La Coruna before 1943. The rifles with heat-treating issues were M1916 short rifles made at Industrias de Guerre de Catalunya in Barcelona.

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