I recently acquired a custom 98 Mauser that was customized 30 or so years ago. It’s a family heirloom of sorts. The gunsmith who did the work is no longer living. It’s chambered in 6mm Remington, which seems to be an exceedingly underrated round given its attributes.
I had never been a fan of the Mannlicher style stock, but it actually grows on you after a bit. The extra room on the forend seems to give more freedom for the support hand to find its own sweet spot in snapshooting. I don’t know what it is exactly about this gun, but I would say so far that it “points” better than anything else I have. It made me think of what Rawhider said about the 1886 carbine that seemed to just come up on target for everyone who used it. The length of pull on this is long like my Sako 75, 14 and a halfish or so.
The rifle seems light in comparison to my Model 70, but it’s a little heavier than my Sako 75. The balance is nice. It seems long, but the barrel is only 22”.
Back in the day, a custom stock was a huge part of what made a custom gun. This stock is definitely a work of art.
The bolt handle is rather slender, and there isn’t much room to clear the ocular on the scope that’s on it. If I decide to update the glass I’m going to have to keep that in mind.
The bolt is more difficult to work than my Model 70. It also has a distinctive sound and feel. The smooth knob is larger, but more difficult to maintain contact with. It would take me quite a while to learn to make this bolt sing.
I really like the way the bolt shrouds look on Mausers. You don’t see intricacy like that much in modern manufacturing.
The extractor is jeweled, but unfortunately, it doesn’t extract. It seems like a little too much material was removed to get it to clear a “drop in” round, so it slips over the rim when opening the bolt. I’m going to have to get a new extractor. I may decide to learn to jewel the new one so it matches the established theme.
As I mentioned before, the 6mm Remington seems like a very cool round. I don’t know what the twist rate is on this barrel (all my rods are .30 cal), but I’m curious to find out.
I’m looking forward to seeing what this rifle will do.