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Gunsmith recommendation for Mauser M98 rebarreling?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Backfire, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    Shooters, I would rather upgrade or modify existing equipment than purchase a new rifle, but I ask for recommendations for an Oregon gunsmith who can rebarrel an M98 variant (a Model 1909 Argentine Mauser) for target-shooting. I've had one disappointment, an eccentric chamber on a Remington M700 rebarrel; I'd like this job done correctly.
     
  2. BIG_GUNNUT

    BIG_GUNNUT North Central Oregon Active Member

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    What flavor of barrel are you considering? How did you end up with an eccentric chamber job?
    PM sent.

    Thanks Chuck
     
  3. SP101

    SP101 Oregon Active Member

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  4. Backfire

    Backfire Tualatin, OR Active Member

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    Big_Gunnut,
    I'd like to rebarrel the DWM Mauser, an Argentine contract Model 1909 (currently chambered in 7.65x53mm Belgian Mauser, shortened from 29.1 inches to 24 inches) with a 24-inch, chrome moly barrel, about 0.80" at the muzzle, chambered for the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser and having a 1:8.5 or 1:9 rate of twist. I intend to use bullets weighing between 129 and 140 grains. My target distances are 200 and 300 yards.

    The Remington Model 700BDL was rebarreled with a Shilen 24-inch CM barrel by Bolsa Gunsmithing, Huntington Beach, CA. On firing, the rifle (chambered for the .257 Roberts) grouped decently but the once-fired brass - when rolled on a flat surface - was clearly out-of-round, so I put the cases on a case concentricity gauge and the runout was pronounced, easily measurable. Back to the shop, and they said that it was possible that the lathe was misaligned, but they'd set the chamber back. To make a long story short (and a short story a headache), the job was botched. The rifle was nicely stocked and sold to a shooter who does not reload. He purchased it because it was an attractive rifle, but the details didn't matter to him.

    SP101
    Thank you for the recommendation. I will pursue all leads.
    Ed