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What to do with a gutted Mauser

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TheDisturbed1, Jan 3, 2012.

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  1. TheDisturbed1

    TheDisturbed1 Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Interior Alaska
    Am I biting off more than I can chew?

    I acquired (most of) a M1938 Turkish 8mm Mauser for free, everything together except the receiver, which I am sure someone slapped in a synthetic stock and .308 barrel to make a budget rifle.

    So I do my online digging, the M1938 is a Frankenstein of mausers, mine is most similar to the Turkish M1903 mauser, which with more digging, and hours of photo comparisons, took the good ol' M98 Mauser action...

    So the brick wall pops up here. :banghead:

    I do have the original 8mm Barrel, which apart from the outer wear and tear of over half a decade of storage and shipping, is almost perfect with not pitting and shiny as could be without cleaning it.

    So I googled my eyes out for complete, non-barreled actions... Bolt Actions are new territory for me, but I cant find anything complete or fitting.

    SO, my great big questions are:
    Will the German M98k action/bolt parts work in a standard M98 receiver?
    Is there a good source of receiver or other parts for mausers, M98 particular?
    And lastly, will it just be cheaper to go into a gun shop and buy another Mauser?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    Even if you find a bolt & receiver?
    A barrel off one 98 Mauser in all probability won't just screw on another 98 Mauser and have the sights on top, or the correct headspace.
    Somebody with the equipment and knowledge is going to have to fit the barrel you have to the action you get.

    Figure a minimum of $200 most places to fit & headspace the barrel + the cost of the parts.


    I'd sell what you have piece by piece on eBay, and buy a complete gun that works.
    You will probably have some money left over.

  3. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    North Carolina
    It's likely that your Turk 8mm barrel is a small ring thread, and measures around .980" diameter at the shank that screws into the receiver. A standard German M98 action and barrel shank will measure around 1.100".
    The Turk Mausers after 1898, including the 1903 model, were mostly large ring receivers threaded for small ring size barrels. Their story is long and varied, but www.turkmauser.com has a lot of information on they're history.

    Yes, you would likely be better off just buying another rifle.

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