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mauser customization opinions, tactical or classic target
CMW Posts: 53 Member
Im customizing a mauser action with a 30 inch target barrel in .230 Ackley barreled by Ackley himself in the 60's. Im either going to go with a classic target or a tactical target look. For the classic i was considering a Richards Microfit target style stock and a Unertl or Lyman scope. For the tactical was thinking a mil/mil or target scope and my own custom stock. My own stock is a epoxy composite molded stock(my own mold) with adjustable LOP and comb with a standard style grip. The forend is flat for sand bags and is set at an angle. The action is not drilled or tapped for mounts but has been for a receiver sight, so that leaves options open as for scope and mount type. And im thinking I'll go with a black duracoat finish for the tactical and maybe a blued or duracoat finish for the classic target.
I am open to suggestions, and ALL are appreciated!
I am open to suggestions, and ALL are appreciated!
"Life is tough, it's tougher if your stupid." - John Wayne
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You've got a barreled action that was spun up by none other than the master experimenter himself. Ackley is a guy any modern precision rifle reloader owes a debt to. Show a little respect and build the action how he wold build it, with the materials and equipment he would have had available.
Yes, you can make a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California faster by dropping in a small-block Chevy, cutting a hole in the hood, and adding a blower, but that doesn't mean it's right.
"Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
If you try to make a modern tactical rifle out of that, you're spinning your wheels in liquid mud. If you want something modern looking, get modern components and build something popular. That rifle is a piece of history. Keep it as original as you can or it loses a lot of asthetic value and it will never measure up to anything built modern as far as target shooting goes. there's just too much technology out there to compete with things built today. Leave it in its period correct form. Like was said, you'll get a lot of looks and attention and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
I think I know which one you are talking about!! The image is burned in my retina,:vomit: I don't need a picture!!
Sorry, folks, I think a photo of that one would make the pic file on my computer crash! I call that one his "ugly gun", but he loves it! BTW, that young man was severely injured by a piece of woodworking equipment at work, and almost lost his left thumb. Send a few good vibes his way if you can.
I like your plan, keep a classic, classic!! It's my kind of project, reviving a one of a kind, piece of history!!
I'm thinking this stock from RM and this scope
the stock would be in AAA claro walnut
Brownell's Steel Bed is some great stuff. I have a 12 OZ plastic container of Brownell's atomized Stainless Steel you suggested Jerry. I mix it with Brownell's Acra Glass to make my own Steel Bed, same thing, but I've used the regular Steel Bed product too. Either way it's the best way to go.
Also, I was going to suggest a Boyd's Laminate Stock. I have one in Pepper Laminate and it is not only sturdy, it's beautiful. I finished it with Poly Urethane according to Boyd's instructions. It was easy and looks like ten million bucks. This is MY KIND of project. I am interested in seeing a pic of your finished product, CMW. I get my rocks off on any kind of nice Mauser. I don't have as many as Teach and Big Al, but I'm working on a nice collection. I have three completed and two more on the horizon. My first was an old Mauser action I got for cheap with 5 for like $30 back in the late 80s from an importer known as Fed Ord. I had it barreled in .280 Remington. I also have built a .257 Rob. Ackley Improved on a Yugo. I have one more Yugo I had sporterized and left the Mil Surp 8x57 barrel in place. That is not a bad round either. I have one more Yugo Mauser doner rifle for another build. It may be a 6mm Remington or some sort of 6.5s. I also have a Zastava action for a future build.
If I'm repeating this, just know that the reason is not my CRS so much as it is my love of Mausers. I love to talk about them and shoot them and have them sportered and rebarreled. They make about the coolest looking bolt gun on the planet.
Has anyone told the Wehrmact or Israel for that matter.
A classic type of a stock with a more modern target type scope. Making the homage with the lines of the stock with the upgrade to modern glass with a bit more robustness.
A full "tactical" treatment is better done with tactical/logistical conditions in mind. You are urban dweller Zombie food if you have to reload rounds while blasting.
Also does anyone know how resizing .243 bullets down to .230 would affect the accuracy if i used 3 or 4 dies in succession to get rid of the extra .013 inches, or should i just custom swage my own. And if so does any one know alot about swaging. i read alittle but i dont know the equipment i will need to do it or the finer point of doing it
It resembles a Mark X action, and also says Made in Japan on the flat under the front ring, in front of the recoil lug.
Over 200 MILLION 98 Mausers were made in armories all over the world between 1898 and the late 1950's, and that doesn't count the copies made by various commercial operations. Without some proofmarks to go by, it's virtually impossible to establish when and where one was made.
I'm getting .234 diameter bullets from shroeder bullets - price not available yet
Hornady hydro case forming dies - $200
Lee custom reloading dies - $100
I can load 45 grains of 4350 behind a 75 grain bullet and push it over 4000 fps :cool2:
stock-RM Markxman style (as in picture) with 1/2 inch pad and swivel studs - $245
Scope lyman/unertl target scope - about $800
total - about $1500