Mauser 98 Project

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by X Ring Accuracy, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    I know this is an MVP forum but thought you guys may want to see a pet project we have been working on in our spare time. Someone had brought an old Mauser 98 into our shop 5-6 years ago. Wanted to do something with it. After several discussions about what to do, they decided to go another route and left this relic here. Digging through some old boxes of stuff, I ran across it. The owner said you can have it. So begins the journey of making a 1944 $50 98 into a world class bench rest rifle.
    Here is the parts after I tossed the barrel in the scrap bin:
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    There was some ugliness at the front of the action that needed some attention as well
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    I got the action in the lathe and cut the face square and cleaned up the internal threads. No cutting was done on the internal lugs to preserve the hardening. These old Mausers can be hit and miss with bolt lug to internal lug contact. This one had enough contact for us to continue. All we needed to do was a minor lapping of the lugs. Had it been too far out, we would have scraped it.
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    We are adding a second, oversized recoil lug to move the fulcrum point farther out from the face of the action as the Mauser thread isn't very long but also to give us a larger recoil lug surface area. Here is the lug in the lathe opening up the inside diameter to fit the Mauser tennon size.
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    We had a 6mm Bartlein S.S. 1:8 match grade barrel from a previous 6mmBR rebarrel project. The barrel had only 100 rounds through it. We cut the old chamber off to start fresh. Here the tennon is cut to size, then the additional recoil lug fitted.
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    And chamber is cut. This chambering is 6X47 Lapua.
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    You can see the bolt lugs after light lapping have perfect contact.
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    Trial fitment.
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    The barrel is a 1.250 straight contour.
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    We drilled and tapped the action for a 20 MOA scope rail.
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    Even thought bench rest guys don't like tactical knobs, we do, so it got one.
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    At this point, the rifle is fully machined, ready to run. We lightened the cocking piece, installed a speed lock firing pin and spring, filed the extractor to ease the CRF and polished the cocking ramp. Here it has a sharp square edge for great release and it has a great lock time as well.
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    That pic was after the Cerakote. Back to the rifle, it was all set and ready to proof fire before we started making it purdy. Out at the range in a junk stock it was shooting .25 MOA out of the gate. Paint pics next.
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  2. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    Snake Bit continued:
    Here are a few pics of the paint. The rifle is nicknamed "Snake Bit" as you'll see.
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    One of the X Ring shooting team members is a custom cabinet maker and had a slab of walnut for use as a stock. He did the rough in at his shop and brought the flat top over to be inletted.
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    The stock now is ready to be bedded. I will update you all soon after bedding, final sanding and contouring, and laquer finish along with the range pics. Stay tuned and happy shooting.
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  3. Keith Moderator

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    Nice project! That's one heavy barrel too! It looks like it will be a very accurate shooter!
  4. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    Our plan is to set the bench rest competition shooters on their rear end against their $1500 actions :)
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  5. Keith Moderator

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    Gotta love "sleeper cars"...
  6. MechTech Moderator/ Damn Yankee

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    I love retro projects! Nice job reviving a classic. Thanks for sharing with us.:D
  7. Followme438 New Member

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    That's pretty awesome. I've always had a soft spot for the Mauser 98 action. Looking forward to seeing the end result!
  8. varminthunter98 New Member

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    Beautiful rifle, now I'm wanting to start a similar project, if I can find a cheep classic, maybe.
  9. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    The anticipation is killing me. Plan is this saturday for the final hoorah! Will keep all posted. I got a feeling good things await us.
  10. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    We got a late start for the debut. The rifle came out great. Hope it shoots.
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    Remember, bad photograher
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    Off to the range
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    And it DOES shoot.
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    Been a fun project. Proved to the nay sayers it won't work, and cool looking to boot. More to follow doing load developement. Happy shooting
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  11. Keith Moderator

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    That doesn't work for me. It should have been one indistinguishable hole! :-p


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  12. PT109 Active Member

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    OOOOoooh! Ain't she purty! AND a shooter! Just like my wife. :cool:
  13. varminthunter98 New Member

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    Are you going to put any type of butt pad/plate on it? Beautiful rifle, glad it worked out so well!
  14. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    It will get a butt plate asap :)
  15. X Ring Accuracy Member

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    LOL I know the pain
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