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Kimber Sporterized M96

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by speedy4x4, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. speedy4x4

    speedy4x4 Canby New Member

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    So a while back I bought a kimber .308 M96 which uses a mausser receiver with kimber barrel and stock. It needed some work done which included a new extractor.

    Well it's been with the gun Smith for quite some time now. Bought last summer...

    He is having trouble locating parts. I was wondering where I can look or direct him.
    I'm getting a little anxious to shoot this thing.
    I'll attach some pictures if it helps.

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  2. Rick4070

    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    Has he tried Gunparts, or Sarco?
     
  3. speedy4x4

    speedy4x4 Canby New Member

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    I'm not sure. I'm thinking of picking it up and taking it back to the pawn shop I bought it from (they are paying for repairs as they sold it to me thinking it was functional) Putting it towards an 30-06 or 7mm mag.
    I liked the kimber because it was a "kimber of Clackamas" gun but I also would prefer a functioning gun.

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    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  5. Rick4070

    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    Yep, Gunparts IS Numrich, I do believe, "gunpartscorp.com", or else Numrich is Gunparts......
    Lot's of Swedish Mausers around, surplus parts should be pretty easy to find.
     
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  6. speedy4x4

    speedy4x4 Canby New Member

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    I've found those as well.
    Now I just need to get a hold of him.
    Thanks for the links.
    I'll shoot him a call and email.

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  7. Rick4070

    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    I once worked at a shop that made 3 position safeties for the '96 Mauser, I believe Ed LaPour now makes them..
    I made up a couple of rifles on the actions, we had a source for new take-off Rem. Mod. 700 bbls., from a guy in the north part of Washington that was buying new Remingtons and just using the actions, the take-offs were pretty easy to re-thread to the Swede specs,and I made up a .22-250 and a .243 Win.
    I left the Remington roll stamp on the barrels, someone would look at the rifles, know that they were Mausers, and then see the Remington roll stamp, and wonder what was up....
    I believe we called them "Mausingtons"....
     
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    speedy4x4 Canby New Member

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    How much work is it to convert to .243?
    From what I've been told .308 is a little high pressure for the M96

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    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    IIRC, we just re-barreled them.
    I don't recall any modifications to the bolt face, extractor, ejector, feed rails, or the magazine box.
    We did very slightly lap the locking lugs on the bolt/receiver.
    We also converted them to cock on opening rather than cock on closing, being as we used the 3 position safeties.
    I think new cocking pieces were used too, that we made in house.
    And, some cosmetic work was done on the bottom metal also, recontouring the trigger guard, new floorplate, and an inside the trigger guard floorplate latch.
    I would think that if you kept everything else factory, just re-barreling would suffice
     
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    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yup! The same company.
     
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    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    .243 and .308 operate at the same pressures and have the same cartridge head size. I'd leave that alone, especially cuz it's a Kimber barrel. Somewhat collectable if nothing else.
     
  12. speedy4x4

    speedy4x4 Canby New Member

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    Point taken.

    Thanks.
    Although I'm seriously contemplating an M96 collection.

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  13. gaijinsamurai

    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Warning! Buy one, and it is easy to become an addict of the Swedish Mausers, especially the 6.5x55 rd. I bought a Model 38 Husqvarna about three years ago, and have since bought three more Swedes: a Model 96, an FSR, and a M94-14 Cavalry Carbine. It is good that you are planning a collection! :)
     
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  14. Rick4070

    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    I wish that I was smarter about 20 some years ago when I worked at that shop I mentioned.
    There were quite a few different Mausers coming into the states, for really good prices.
    IIRC, the Swede Mausers were around $125 or so, Husqvarna's and... Brno?
    Also, 1908 Brazilian Mausers, and 1909 Argentine Mausers, IIRC, they were about the same price as the Swedes...
    I picked up a VZ24 for the same money.
    There were lots of drill purpose Pattern 14 Enfields, too, at $29, I remember that price for sure.
    They had drilled a hole crosswise right in front of the front receiver ring, pressed a steel rod throught the hole, and then welded the rod in
    Of course, it didn't hurt the receiver any.
    I wish I had picked up more of all of them, I still have a complete 1908 and a 1909 in the safe, and used a 1909 to build my .35 Whelen, a VZ24 to build my 7mm STW, and one of the P14 Enfields to build my .505 Gibbs. (For some reason, I NEEDED a .505 Gibbs...)And, of course, the .243 and the .22-250 on the '96 Swedes already mentioned.
    My boss bought bunches of the Enfields, stripped them down to actions, tossed the barrels, and stored them in .50 Cal. ammo cans.
    He then sold a lot of the "extra" parts to Numrich...
    And, he had several cans of them, along with quite a few '96 Swede actions...
    Man, I REALLY wish I'd followed his lead, the Enfields were pretty much just good for their actions, but the Swedes were in pretty good shape, dings and dents but all there....
     
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    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Makes me want to cry!

    "Brno" is CZ, which made the VZ 24 and highly collectible Persian Mausers. After my Swedes, my favorite Mauser in my collection is definitely my Czech Brno. The action is smooth like butter!

    Besides Husqvarna, the other manufacturers of the Swedish Mausers were Carl Gustav and Mauser Oberndorff Werks, in Germany.
     
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    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    What are the most coveted '96 Swedes???
    I remember when we'd get a bunch in, my boss would cherry pick the "best" ones, and us other guys would end up with the others...
    I guess I was wrong on the "Brno" part, and it was more than 20 years ago after all...
     
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    I've been sitting on a M96 receiver for some time now. I want to build a 243 out of it. Where do I find a chambered 243 barrel?
     
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    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    IIRC, Brownells has short chambered barrels for the small ring Mauser, not sure that they have them in .243 or not.
    However, you would still need to do the final chambering to set the headspace.
     
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    I think I'm going to go do some searches for 22-250. Since I'll have the 308 soon. Ordered the parts for her.

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    gaijinsamurai Beaverton Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    If you ask three people, you'll get three different answers. :)
    For me, it would be the Model 41 Sniper version. Others like the CG80, and still others will say the Model 94 Cavalry Carbine. I like em all! :)