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Has anyone out there had experience with fixing unaligned scope base holes in M98 rear receiver bridges?

I saw a Chilean Mauser recently which might make a good donor action but the rear bridge had four scope base holes....and they were not in a straight line. They might be welded closed and the rear bridge recontoured, but at what cost?
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Has anyone out there had experience with fixing unaligned scope base holes in M98 rear receiver bridges?

I saw a Chilean Mauser recently which might make a good donor action but the rear bridge had four scope base holes....and they were not in a straight line. They might be welded closed and the rear bridge recontoured, but at what cost?
Unless you are real concerned about cosmetics, why not fil the holes with allen screws, followed by JUB Weld, then relocate the base. It may cover

some of the old holes.

Such should work well, if it is basically a "working gun"..

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The rear bridge, ok. I'm not fond of welding on a receiver ring. I'm sure many have gotten away with it. Welding will alter the hardness of the original heat treatment and possibly weaken the receiver. 55,000-60,000 psi a few inches from my face, um, no thanks.

Just my $.02...
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My guess is the cost of repair would be more than you could find another action for. Personally, a repaired action, even if very well done, is not something I'd want to dump any more money into.

There are still M98 actions in decent shape floating around out there and in the long run would probably be just as cheap or cheaper than starting with one that needs repair.
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The front base holes looked OK, so no hot work on the front ring. Rear scope base might cover the bad holes, but they would still be there. Maybe OK for a brother-in-law loaner rifle.

Donor rifle prices....for just about all old military pieces....have been pretty stiff at the last few shows and on the Dundee Cabela's used rack.

The action was a postwar large ring FN, which caught my eye. But my thinking is aligning with Spruce's comments. One sees Sears Model ?51 rifles from time to time with essentially the same action and in better shape and factory low bolt handle. I've seen just a couple of bare M98 receivers in the past year/3-4 shows. And there are new Ruger American .270 rifles at pretty good prices at a couple of mid Michigan shops. And the odd Howa/Weatherby Vaungard.

I haven't outgrown the interest to fix up old Mausers, but rebarreling is expensive and it's hard to find a 'smith who can weld on a low bolt handle that looks good. Just might have to redirect resources to a Ruger American or TC compass.
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I understand your dilemma. I love those old Mausers, and have had a few rebarreled in the past. It used to be a fairly cheap way to get a nice rifle for hunting.

But the reality today is you can just buy a new budget rifle off the rack and it will shoot as good or better than a custom Mauser, and be a lot cheaper to boot. However, sitting in the blind with an Ruger American or a Savage Axis just isn't the same as sitting there with a custom Mauser!

I have a M96 Swedish Mauser that is my go to deer rifle. I've owned a lot of fancier rifles that have come and gone, but that one has stayed!
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The front base holes looked OK, so no hot work on the front ring. Rear scope base might cover the bad holes, but they would still be there. Maybe OK for a brother-in-law loaner rifle.

Donor rifle prices....for just about all old military pieces....have been pretty stiff at the last few shows and on the Dundee Cabela's used rack.

The action was a postwar large ring FN, which caught my eye. But my thinking is aligning with Spruce's comments. One sees Sears Model ?51 rifles from time to time with essentially the same action and in better shape and factory low bolt handle. I've seen just a couple of bare M98 receivers in the past year/3-4 shows. And there are new Ruger American .270 rifles at pretty good prices at a couple of mid Michigan shops. And the odd Howa/Weatherby Vaungard.

I haven't outgrown the interest to fix up old Mausers, but rebarreling is expensive and it's hard to find a 'smith who can weld on a low bolt handle that looks good. Just might have to redirect resources to a Ruger American or TC compass.
There's always this VS a Ruger American or TC Compass....

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The Chilean could be welded and repaired, but unless you do it yourself, it won't be worth the cost. One of the Sears rifles with a commercial FN action would be a much better action.

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I have seen several rifles in which screws were made to fit holes perfectly, installed with blue loc-tite, heads cut off (mill) carefully filed flush, then new holes drilled before re-bluing. With new base installed, you could not see the repair unless looking up into the unstocked action. Something that has worked in the past on similar issue.

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