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Sporterized German Mauser

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  1. DoubleSawbuck

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    Are there any Mauser experts on here?

    I have sporterized large ring mauser marked "deutsche waffen und munitionsfabriken". It was sporterized by Golden State Arms, from what I looked up they did a bunch of these back in the 50s. The bolt is stamped "KM" could it be "Kaiserliche Marine"?

    Overall the everything looks to be in decent shape. There's some rust that I think will clean up ok but the bore looks great.

    I'm trying to get an idea on the age of the receiver. I'm planning on getting a boyds stock, seeing how it shoots then cleaning it up for a range gun or hunting rifle. Thanks for any info.

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  2. Art Eatman

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    I'd guess civilian manufacture, which would make it pre-war and of generally high quality.
     
  3. Acera

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    I bought a Golden State Arms rifle 2 years ago for $250 with a scope on it. It was chambered in .30-06. Mine, also a Mauser, had the dirty bird stamped on all the major parts. Shot well and it became a Christmas gift to herselves brother. He still has it and has taken a couple of deer with it.

    They did what was extremely popular during that time, take common service rifles and make them into sporters.
     
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  4. Daveboone

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    There are a number of Mauser specific and military surplus sites out there who should be able to help you considerably. The bolt has the original 3 position military style safety, so most likely military production. It also has what appears to be the original military style 2 stage trigger and the 5 rd stripper clip groove on the receiver, indicating military production.
    What round is it chambered for?
    My 98 Mauser, vintage 1933(with original bbl, 8x57) is my go to rifle. It was my dads, bought surplus in the 50s. I upgraded it with an Timney trigger, new firing pin and spring, low swing safety, and it now carries a 1.5x5 Leupold scope....and a carbon fiber stock, glass bedded. It is the most accurate rifle I own. I shot my first moose last fall with it, down for the count with the first shot. the 8x57 is very competent round.
     
  5. DoubleSawbuck

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    Thanks for the info. I'll try to find a good mauser site and work on fixing this thing up.

    It's chambered in 30-06
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  6. Merle1

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    It's not a civilian gun - look at that thumb cut-out for stripper clips.
     
  7. Jim Watson

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    Not a reliable "tell."
    The 1939 Stoegers describes the advantages of clip loading with calibers of 8mm/.30-06 head diameter and illustrates a scope sighted sporting rifle with thumb notch.

    Lacking proof marks, national crest, date, or date code, I am out of ideas as to its age.
     
  8. Merle1

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    HMMM, never saw one of those - thanks!
     
  9. DoubleSawbuck

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    Great info Jim. Thanks
     
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    If you buy a stock from Boyds make sure the comb is not so high you can't use the open sights. I made that mistake. I had a Savage 223 with open sights and the usual junk plastic stock Savage likes to stick on their rifles. So I bought a Boyds JRS stock and the comb was so tall the open sights were useless after that.

    I like your action. I would keep it as an open sighted gun just because I like the way they look. I can't help with a stock suggestion though.
     
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  11. Charly Fox

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    Can you take a picture of from the top of the receiver with the stamp

    famous DWM series are the:
    1908 Brasilian Mauser and the
    1909 Argentine Mauser.

    The Argentine Mauser has another bolt catch( or how is it called)
    and has a flat knob near the trigger to realease the floorplate.

    The DWM Mauser has a straight bolt knob. Yours is modified for scope use
     
  12. DoubleSawbuck

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    Unfortunately, there is no stamp. I posted over on a mauser forum as suggested and I was also told that it was a 1908 Brazilian.

    Thanks for the info!
     
  13. Liberty1776

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    Pretty good shape except for the magazine box. Should make a great hunting rifle...
     
  14. DoubleSawbuck

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    Thanks, it's not as clean as it looks in the pictures but if it shoots nicely it could definitely be a fun project/hunting rifle.
     
  15. Charly Fox

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    So have fun with it, the DWM Mausers had the smoothest Bolt operation.
     
  16. DoubleSawbuck

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    The rifle still isn't "finished" but it's close enough for deer season. The stock is finished but I'll need to do the bluing at some point.

    I lost count on how many coats of finish I sanded in while I waited for my action to be drilled and tapped. I inletted the stock for the bolt and finished it off with Truoil. I knocked the gloss down with a magic eraser. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

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  17. Jim Watson

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    Interesting stock style. Kind of a hemi, demi, semi, Bavarian cheekpiece and a beavertail foreend like my old Ithaca X5 .22.
     
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  18. DoubleSawbuck

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    It's a boyd mauser stock with military barrel profile.

    Here it is in the nude
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    Terrific! work on your Mauser, sir.

    Beautiful.
     
  21. DoubleSawbuck

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    Thanks! Hopefully I'll have an oppurtunity to take a deer with it this season, I loaded up some 165g game kings that shoot real nice out of this gun.
     
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    Hey Sawbuck, your rifle looks great ! I have two Mauser's with Boyd's stocks that I finished myself, Love em.
    Comfortable to shoot and carry, one walnut and one laminate. Both are high comb (Monte Carlo) design, and I cut 3/4" off the buttstocks,
    because of heavy hunting clothing. couldn't be happier, and will put one on my next build.

    You're action (I'm guessing) would appear to be a Brazilian Model 1908 by DWM (one of the best IMO).
    My Brazilian is the smoothest of all of my Mauser's, including my 1909 Argentine and my 1941 German, and taken care of,
    should provide service for another 100+ years. Again, congrats on a great rifle!
     
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  23. DoubleSawbuck

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    Thanks for the compliment. It really enjoyed working on it. A new rifle can be had for similar money but it's nice having something with some history and a little more character.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. Very nicely done!
     
  25. eastbank

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    i bought a used one just like your rifle(3006) in the mid 60,s for 49.00 in ex condition, as i remember there we no original marks left on the action, only golden state arms on the barrel. it was a ex hunting rifle and i killed many deer with it. i never got it D&T for a scope. eastbank.
     
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