Mauser folks, a little help here...


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hipoint
February 23, 2013, 12:28 PM
This is posted on a local site I use, I love mausers and really like a "nice" sporter. This one looks pretty decent in the one picture. The person posting it is doing it for a friend of theirs and I don't want to drive to go look at it just to find something out...

anyhow, what is that on top of the receiver? Is it a peep sight? scope mount? I have no idea, never seen something like that in my limited experience.

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TexasPatriot.308
February 23, 2013, 12:30 PM
looks like a peep sight and you seem to eating healthy.

hipoint
February 23, 2013, 12:36 PM
not my pic, I just downloaded it from the trading site ;-)

I kinda thought it was a peep site. I don't care for them, but might end up going to check it out anyhow. They don't seem to know anything about the gun at all, so It may even have smithy installed scope mounting holes and holes for more common types of iron sights...

Just judging from the pic their price of $400 intersts me as I like a "good" sporter job, but pics can be very deceiving.

hipoint
February 23, 2013, 12:37 PM
looking at the pic, the gun is cocked.... YIKES... I hope it's not loaded too!

Float Pilot
February 23, 2013, 04:09 PM
That looks like an old Redfield or Lyman peep sight. One of the very nice expensive ones from 40-50 years ago...
It makes me all weak in the knees because I really need one for my old Mauser safari rifle... The sight alone is worth more than $100 to the right person...

More photos would be nice...

hipoint
February 23, 2013, 07:07 PM
that's all the pictures that were provided. Sad to say I missed this one... boo

Edarnold
February 24, 2013, 03:03 AM
That looks like an old Redfield or Lyman peep sight. One of the very nice expensive ones from 40-50 years ago...
It makes me all weak in the knees because I really need one for my old Mauser safari rifle... The sight alone is worth more than $100 to the right person...

More photos would be nice...
I've a couple Redfield and maybe a Lyman 57 or 48 peep sight rattling around in my parts drawer, so if you are really weak in the knees from wanting maybe I could help.

In the interest of full disclosure, if you look on Ebay, Gunbroker or Auctionarms you should find these sights for a whole lot less than $100...

Ed

Jackal
February 24, 2013, 03:18 AM
Looks like a nice rifle. Also, thats a top quality sight, keep it if you buy it. Cant beat a good peep.

Cosmoline
February 25, 2013, 01:55 PM
That's a nice sight! If it's paired up with the appropriate front sight it's liable to be a very nice shooter. No scope required at all. I'd check bore condition because a lot of these older sporters got used a lot.

looking at the pic, the gun is cocked

You don't want to try to "uncock" a Mauser.

hipoint
February 25, 2013, 02:07 PM
On mine I can hold the trigger while lowering the bolt and it does fine. However, for those that missed the post I made, I missed my chance at getting this rifle boo....

$400 for a nice sporter job is pretty good in my area. One of mine has the ugliest bore you've ever seen, but still does just fine. It shoots as well as I can using the iron sights. While I am a HUGE fan of the 8mm mauser, I'm thinking of possibly even selling the ones I have now...

I'm a farmer and my guns are tools, I can't afford to feed the mausers commercial ammo and don't really want to worry about hand loading for another caliber. I'm still on the fence about it, but none of mine are really "collectors items" so I don't think they're going to go up in value.

Cosmoline
February 25, 2013, 02:13 PM
If you hold the trigger and lower the pin on a Mauser 98 action, I'm pretty sure you're dropping that big steel pin on the primer of any round in the chamber. I've heard of some crazy old safari guys doing that back in the days when scratching one sahib or gunbearer wasn't much to get worried about. But their primers also tended to be tougher.

It seems far more dangerous to me to go around "decocking" firearms that were never intended to be carried in that state than to simply leave them alone and don't touch the trigger. You can also just pop that bolt out.

Jackal
February 25, 2013, 02:38 PM
^^ Only decock bolt on an empty chamber.

cal30_sniper
February 25, 2013, 02:55 PM
If you hold the trigger and lower the pin on a Mauser 98 action, I'm pretty sure you're dropping that big steel pin on the primer of any round in the chamber. I've heard of some crazy old safari guys doing that back in the days when scratching one sahib or gunbearer wasn't much to get worried about. But their primers also tended to be tougher.

It seems far more dangerous to me to go around "decocking" firearms that were never intended to be carried in that state than to simply leave them alone and don't touch the trigger. You can also just pop that bolt out.

Or you can just use the massive safety that completely locks the firing pin assembly from moving forward. One of the huge benefits of having a non-scoped Mauser.

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