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Best Mauser Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by DavidB2, Mar 6, 2009.

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  1. DavidB2

    DavidB2 Member

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    I already have a Yugo M48 Mauser and would like to get another good quality Mauser rifle. I am leaning towards saving up for the Czech VZ 24, but also wondered about opinions on the Yugo M 24/47, or a good quality K98 if I can find it. Thanks for your opinions.
     
  2. RockyMtnTactical

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    The Yugo 24/47's are really pretty decent (better than the 48's) but I think the CZ 24's are among the VERY best.

    I have a Yugo and really like it. It is very high quality, but those CZ's at AIM are tempting.

    Here is my Yugo.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. doubs43

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    If you're looking for pure quality in a Mauser, some of the contract models are THE very best IMO. Those sold to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Persia (Iran), among others, were made to a quality standard that is unlikely to ever be seen again. While not a true Mauser design, the Portuguese Vergueiro made by DWM as the Model 1904 in 6.5x58mm and later reworked by Mauser in 1939 to 8mm is of the very highest quality.

    Although not as strong as the 1898 Mauser action, the DWM manufactured 1891, 1893 and 1895 Mausers are also of a quality that will never be made again. Find one in excellent condition and you'll have an example of unsurpassed craftsmanship.

    Many South American countries were armed with Mausers at a time when the US was still using Trapdoor Springfield rifles and Krags. They were better armed than we were until the 1903 Springfield was issued. The '03 was close enough to a Mauser action that the courts awarded Paul Mauser one million dollars to settle a law suit against the US Government for patent infringement.
     
  4. Coronach

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    Ditto the vz24 as being among the best. If you don't mind the Czech crest being sanded out, AIM surplus apparently has some really good vz24s in right now.

    Mike
     
  5. Hoppy590

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    Swedes if you dont mind an oddball round
     
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    Swedish Mausers are widely considered to be the epitome of Mauser quality and craftsmanship. If I ever buy a Mauser, it will definitely be a Swede.
     
  7. Duke of Doubt

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    Persians and Swedes are the best, IMO.
     
  8. BHP FAN

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    My 24/47 is a great rifle.
     
  9. skidooman603

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    I own two 6.5 x 55 swedes. Have harvested more than 20 bucks with them and they are Tack Drivers:)
     
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    Two of my absolute favorites is my M93 Spanish 7x57 and M96 Swede 6.5x55. I like them much better than the large ring rifles.
     
  11. db_tanker

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    The Swedes, Argy's, and Persians have always garnered the most attention it would seem. Hard to go wrong with them.

    My Brno can't be considered that bad, though. :)

    Remember, if you find a Brno then it really IS a CZ. :D

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    I'd have to go with a 1909 Argentine made by DWM as the top Mauser type followed closely by the 98 Peruvian contract rifle made by Mauser.
     
  13. Dr.Rob

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    Best Mauser? Pre war commercial 98 sporter made by Mauser. Hands down. Best of the surplus guns? Think that mainly depends on the condition of the bore. My BRNO 98k seriously outshoots my 1903A3. An "unissued" 24/47 might shoot better, but I doubt it. Vz's are made at BRNO, right?
     
  14. elmerfudd

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    I understand that Mitchell's has some wartime K98 type Swedish Mausers complete with Deaths head stamps. Very collectible.
     
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    According to just about everyone here, Mitchell's is a big scam. The rifles are all redone and restamped or something. Just do a search for Mitchell's and you'll find multiple threads about it.
     
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    What is a good price on a VZ24? I was in a local shop today and saw some on the rack. The tag said the bolt was new. The gun still had cosmoline on it. The price was $250.

    I only looked at the tag quickly. What caliber are they usually in?
     
  18. Hoppy590

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    swedish k98's with totenkopf.... hey, iv got a bridge for sale.
     
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    96 Swede!!!
     
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    I probably should have put a smiley after that post. I know Mitchell's is a scam. I just figured that referring to a Swede as a wartime K98 and including Totenkopf stamps kind of spoke for itself. I believe they've done similar things with M48's however.

    A buddy of mine has one of their Afrika Korp rifles. Not a bad rifle, but he could have payed a lot less for something that wasn't a forgery.
     
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    My first large rifle was/is a 8mm Mauser, (8x57), and it's an M98? I think. There is a place on top of the receiver that has some grind marks, I was told that is where the old 'nazi proof mark' was ground off. I believe it was brought back as a war trophy. My dad had the stock cut down as I was much shorter then. I still love that gun, and I'd like to find a full-size stock to put that action into so I could use the gun easier now. I certainly don't want to hi-jack the thread, but is there someone that can tell me where on the gun to look to find out more about what exact model, etc. I have, and perhaps what options I might have to find a new stock?

    thanks
     
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    1891 Mauser

    I don't think the Swedes consider their rifle a Mauser at all. Nice rifle though.

    Swedes aside I prefer the 1891 Argentine Carbines. Tiny-est Mausers ever made in 7.65. Shot deer with both of mine and handloads. The 1909 Argentine Carbine is the next favorite/
    Shot deer with all Swede, Argentines, and K98. They all carry well. Wish I was up for affording a good Swede carbine in 6.5, but, as I said, the Swedes are insulted to hear that called a Mauser. It was designed and built in Sweden.

    There's a nice doe knocked down with a WWII bring-back K98 that has an added rear peep sight. Fine rifle.
     

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    As far as quality it goes South American contract rifles, Persians, Swedes, then its a crap shoot as to which is the best. I have 4 agentines and a venzualen, and they are far superior in fit and finish to yugos or warstock. Swedish mausers are probably the most accurate of the bunch due to the basic ballistics of 6.5mm swede. So those are you best in as far as mausers go. If your only going to buy one mauser, then it might as well be an 8mm Yugo M48 as you can get them in near mint condition and 8mm is dirt cheap right now. for sport shooting get a Swede and for collectors , you get south americans/persians.
     
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    Wow. I can't read :(
    All I saw was "Mitchell's"..then I went into a blind rage and started typing. Lol.
     
  25. High Planes Drifter

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    Swedish 6.5x55 by far. It is the peak in bolt action combat rifle design.

    Fast bolt, accurate, light recoiling, flat shooting, well built.
     
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