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Argentine Mauser rebuild

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Big20, Dec 19, 2013.

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  1. Big20

    Big20 Member

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    I have a 1908 Argentine Mauser converted to 30-06. It feeds cartridges well but even using .312/.313 bullets accuracy could be better. The barrel is pretty rough. I'm considering rebarreling to 35 Whelen using a Bergara barrel from Midway. Do you think it will feed without modification to the magazine?
     
  2. LAGS

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    I helped a friend rebarrel his 1909 Argentine to 35 Whelen when I did my Mauser to the same.
    Both feed just fine and we did not have to lenghen the magazine box at all.
    That is a great caliber, and we both used the Adams-Bennett Barrels we got from Midway when they were in sale.
    The accuracy is excelent, and we are both very pleased with the way the rifles turned out.
    He installed a Boyd's stock on his, and I built a custom for mine.
    We both installed a pachmeyer recoil pad on the stock to lessen the recoil and they are very managable.
    I drilled and tapped both receivers for Leupold scope mounts and welded on a custom bolt handle.
    He opted for having me modify his military trigger to a set screw adjustment, and went with a low scope safety.
    I replaced the Bolt sleeve on mine and installed a Timney trigger with a side safety.
    He left his trigger guard stock, but I reshaped mine to a more streamline shape with an extended magazine release.
    I was going to modify the original floorplate to a Hinged style, but just didnt get around to it.
    Both rifles sport a nice Slow rust Blue matt finish , and no iron sights.
     
  3. Zeke/PA

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    Several years ago an outfit called Flaigs in Millvale Pa. sold the 1909 Argentine actions, brand new, in the white for $25.00. I built several rifles on this action including some Belted Magnum calibers. The floor plates were in fact "hinged" as issued. Very beautiful actions that made into beautiful rifles. I never had a feeding issue with this action.
     
  4. Mauser lover

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    Do they still sell those actions? Oh well...

    It should work just fine. There really shouldn't be any issues with .35, if it feeds fine to start with.
     
  5. critter

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    I did a 1909 with an A&B barrel in .35 Whelen. Works perfectly. Good action choice.
     
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    Flaig's has been out of business for several years. As for the 1909 Mauser action availability, it's anybody's guess. Maybe one could be found on line subject to a high price and shipping regulations.
     
  7. IROCZ

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    Flaigs is a Pgh legend. We still see sporters turn up with his name stamped on them. Strangely, no one wants to sell one. I have a friend who has a Flaigs 03 sporter. It just warms your heart to hold it.
     
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    I visited Flaig's in 1961 and their retail store and shop were second to none.
    Still never heard why they met their demise.
     
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