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help identifying a Mauser

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by tionico, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    Anyone "up to speed" with the German Mauser actions, styles, dates (range?) of manufacture, that sort of thing? I've got a German Mauser hunting rifle in .270 Win, stamped on receiver as such, an unusual two-part bolt system (another piece slides back with the bolt, which piece rides above and toward the back part of the bolt, riding in a groove in the receiver. The whole mess comes off when the bolt is removed. I believe it was built as a sporting rifle, and not a converted or sporterised military model. Barrel is "normal" length. I'm curious as to what I've got. The action/bolt and bore all appear to have very little use, everything is tight and smooth, and it is spot-on accurate. Sweet piece, and I'd love to learn more about it. Any help, ideas, things to look for, specific questions or details to observe? thanks for any responses, help, details....
     
  2. Wierzbowski

    Wierzbowski Sherwood Member

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    The "two-piece" bolt part that you describe sounds like a bolt cover, designed to keep unwanted dust and other nastiness out of the action.

    Got any pictures? Pics of any proof marks or other markings would help with the ID.
     
  3. bcp

    bcp SW WA Member

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    Japanese military rifles (sorta-Mauserish) and maybe some others had action covers like you describe. If in 270 Win, it would likely be a type 99, not a type 38.

    Look here:
    http://world.guns.ru/rifle/rfl22-e.htm

    Bruce
     
  4. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Without pix it's a guess, but I'll bet you have a Mauser model 66. Do a Google and
    take a look--there were lot's of variations but they all had that block at the
    rear or the action that worked with the bolt.
     
  5. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    BillM, you've nailed it, and silly me, had I done a thorough inspection of the action/barrel I'd have got that. After reading these replies I got it out.. nope, not a G98 action..... looking for details on the rifle itself, I did find this: "Mauser-Werke AG, Oberndorf a.N. Mod.66".

    So, that's what it is, and I could have got that had I looked more closely. Next, and I'll check the google route straightaway, is approximate year made, and hopefully some idea of value.

    Thanks to everyone for the help and input. I appreciate it a lot.
     
  6. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    I just put 'em out in the barn and see if they catch any mice...
     
  7. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    jah, mein freund, als vass ist su namen, bitte?