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Need some input from you Mauser guru's out there...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by RJT2K, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. RJT2K

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    I've got a Sears JC Higgins 51-L, Husqvarna swedish mauser action in .30-06. It belonged to my grandfather since he bought it new. The action is in good shape, but the barrel's a bit pitted though and it just doesn't group very well. It's got a very very basic stock, some worn blueing - so it's going to go off for a restoration project. Stock, re-barreling, possible caliber change, re-finishing. Anyone know who makes some reasonable, nice wood stocks that fit that action with medium or below fitting? I'd like to keep it the classic wood/blued look rather than composite. I realize i'll be putting more into than what it's book worth is, but it's sentimental so I don't mind investing. Also , who are the recommended higher-end barrels? I know of Krieger, Benchmark, Shilen and Proof Research - but other than AR's , I've never really barrel-shopped before. Thanks.
     
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    I'd give the barrel a very good cleaning, probably loads of copper in there. I'd leave it alone if it was my grandfathers gun.
     
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  4. RJT2K

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    Yeah, that was my thought too. I really went after the copper - there just wasn't that much at all. But there's a good amount of pitting in the barrel. I appreciate the sentiment, and I'll be keeping the original parts of course, but i'm going to have it re-worked. I've got others that are staying as-is
     
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    I figured my dad and/or grandfather would have wanted them in the best condition possible
     
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  6. Ryden

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    Boyds make affordable stocks that can be had inletted for small ring Mauser, I've used one for my own Husqvarna although that one's made with a 98 action from FN

    My stock was routed for a military barrel, there was a very minor adjustment necessary to use a sporter profile, otherwise it was drop-in
     
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    I've had good luck with Richards Microfit stocks. Their lead time and customer service are "iffy", but eventually you will get a very good product. The one's I've installed required very minimal fitting with a dremel and hobby knife. Significant sanding is required, but not much shaping. I especially like the ergonomics of their "frontier sportster" and dual grip thumbhole styles.
     
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  8. Dave DeLaurant

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    Basic questions: Husqvarna offered several bolt actions in 30-06 at different times. From a Google image search, it appears the JC Higgins 51L has Husqvarna's small ring HVA action that superseded their use of FN Mauser actions. I gather this is specifically the 1640 action.

    This will seriously limit your stock choices -- I don't believe this action inlet is 1:1 interchangeable with any other Mauser or commercial action, but modification may be possible. Check out this archived thread: https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbt...opics/10897288/Husqvarna_1640_replacement_sto

    FWIW, one gunboard indicated that High Standard stocked these for Sears.

    Also, if you've a good gunsmith locally, show him the original stock and get his opinion on whether it can be remodeled/refurbished to your tastes before you write it off entirely.
     
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  9. Ryden

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    So, it seems to be a small ring action with large ring screw distance.
    IIRC that's 7 7/8

    In that case, get a stock for a 98 Mauser and epo-bed the front ring.
     
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  11. wolf695

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    Mauser parts are there, ebay, numrich, etc. Like they say most are about the same, Good luck.
     
  12. Bfh_auto

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    Green mountain barrels are excellent shooters if you're not looking to compete. I was very pleased with both the ones I have used.
     
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