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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-08-2018, 01:06 PM
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Some really good points have been made, and to follow up on them, just image the recoil pain of firing a .358 Winchester out of a straight M-48 Military stock with a steel buttplate. I am not kidding you. It could actually break your collar bone.
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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-16-2018, 06:46 PM
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Saw a 1950's Sears (looked like a commercial FN Mauser action) 30-06 at the LGS last week. $250. It had some finish issues but 250$ and $120 reblue would be ahead of a well done M98 sporterizing excercise.

The Sears/Ted Williams/JC Higgins, Interarms, and Santa Barbara action based bolt gun pop up at the gun shows and second had shop....you just have to be patient and look around.
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I looked at a 7x57 mouser sporter at the Gun show today I ask the vender if it was a 98m and he said no it is a 96 don't know much about either but it did look nice I think price was 500,00


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post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 10:37 AM
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The Sears FN Mausers are first rate. $250 is a great price for one.

The Santa Barbara Mausers are total, absolute, junk, pieced together from old mausers, spare parts, knock-off parts. Zero reason to buy one.
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The few Santa Barbara mauser actions I've seen were well made and fitted, but not as nice as an FN action as seen in some of the Sears rifles. They were made in Spain and may not have as high a standard of fit, finish, and quality control as an FN.

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Most die-hard mauser fans won't touch a Santa Barbara rifle, due to concerns about quality control and metal used in the actions. That is why they are normally priced much cheaper than a quality made mauser.
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when the m48s hit the surplus scene i lucked into a new one......sent it to ERShaw, drill tapped, new bolt handle, Buehler safety and 23 inch barrel in 358 Win.....i put into a lam stock, no probs with feeding issues, worked like it was supposed too....loaded 180 Speer FN rounds to 2600 fps....was a deer slayer....bang flop
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Years ago, 50+, my uncle rebarreled an Ariska 7.7 to .308 Win. Feeding was always problamatic. He did some work on the claw extractor by grinding it to allow it to slip over the rim, but keeping the shorter cartridges where they would feed was always a problem as some have described above.
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I have had 3 22-250 98 Mausers, a small ring 98 .243 Win, and a 98/22 in .308. In each case, they fed fine. Maybe I was lucky. I will state that if the 48 has a good 8x57mm barrel, i would leave it alone. The 8mm is as good of a cartridge as the .308 or .358 Win.
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post #20 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 09:36 AM
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Buy or handload the 8mm. It will do all you will need for north america and even african plains game.
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