William T. Watts
You've never mentioned who's model 98 your using, if your talking about an action more than 100 years old it will have a thin skin that will be hard for the first few thousands but a soft core. I've built a couple of 1909 Argentine Mausers, my sons 280 Remington has been a stellar performer, my 338/06 has already developed a headspace problem with fewer than 200 rounds thru it.. Heat treating 100 years ago and the methods used?? William
There is a common misconception that Mausers rely on heat treat for action strength.
The thin layer of heat treat is for wear resistance and corrosion resistance.
The 257 Roberts case head with large Boxer primer will yield at half the pressure the bolt and bolt abutments start to move. I have done both.
The word 'forum" does not mean "not criticizing books."
"Ad hominem fallacy" is not the same as point by point criticism of books. If you bought the book, and believe it all, it may FEEL like an ad hominem attack, but you might strive to accept other points of view may exist.
Are we a nation of competing ideas, or a nation of forced conformity of thought?