After swearing off going to the gun shows for awhile..I was asked to go to this recent one with a friend who was looking for a Mauser Bolt action rifle in 8 x 57 mm calibration.
So I went with him and bought two pounds of Bullseye powder…a brick of large pistol primers, two speed loaders for a GP 100 revolver, and two spare AK magazines.
We found some WW2 type Mausers but I was not that impressed with the condition of them. However..I do know that the 8mm x 57mm cartridge is a suitably powerful cartridge for this continent and the rifles in good condition are a shooter in capable hands.
The main problem I have with this calibration here stateside is the availability of ammo. You cannot get it anywhere as compared to 30.06 or .308 or even .270 which you can get at almost any country hardware store or Wally World. It is to me a simple matter of logistics….ammo availability.
I am still trying to talk him into considering this issue of commonly available ammo in his quest for a rifle. And I do know that Mauser actions come in a whole host of commonly available calibers.
Now ….what I did see and verily admire at this gun show were several bolt actions which were obviously custom rifles from someone’s private collections. Many were Mauser actions custom fit for the shooter. The stock work was very fine wood…and even some of the bolts were custom made and fit. Some had a type of heavy duty spoon type bolt on them and even some engraved on the spoons…instead of the large bolt knob for which we are so accustomed in a bolt action rifle. Also some of them had double set triggers….something you seldom see on a bolt action rifle today.
It was a real treat to see such fine workmanship. However some of them were in not so regular calibers…257 Roberts….some kind of 9mm European Rifle caliber….etc.
I believe some of them were from someones estate sale as they had older style optics on them. But they were very fine examples of custom workman ship and some with very nice scroll work on them.
That alone made the trip worthwhile. I have no ambition to own such a fine piece of workmanship. I prefer a tool for which I would not be afraid to get it scuffed up out in the brush…or in harsh weather..etc.
But they were beautiful examples of custom workmanship. I greatly admire such fine workmanship.
Statistics: Posted by orangetom1999 — Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:19 pm