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Old September 16, 2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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9.3x62 barrel/98 mauser

I'm looking for a sporter barrel for my 98 action, any help is appreciated.
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Old September 16, 2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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I went with Lothar Walther. http://www.lothar-walther.com/170.php

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Old September 19, 2013, 01:53 AM   #3
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Lots of options: Adams & Bennett from Midway, Brownells sells barrels, and Numrich sells threaded/chambered barrels.
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Old September 19, 2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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Do you mean to install one that is contoured and threaded and do your own headspacing, ---
Or do you mean to do all the machine work yourself,---

Or do you want to have it all done for you?
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Old September 20, 2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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I'm looking for a finished, threaded, & chambered (.050" short) barrel to thread into my German (duv 1941) 98 action. And then ream it to headspace it. It needs to be 9.3x62 cause that's the minimum caliber in some South African countries. Dream rifle for a dream trip. Hopefully 2014 or at least by 2016.
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Old September 20, 2013, 07:04 PM   #6
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Well, checking Midway and Numrich, looks like Lothar Walther is your best choice. This guys rifle turned out much fancier than my own: http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthr...pics/6185914/1 you can see mine here: http://randomthoughtsandguns.blogspo...8/mausers.html

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Old September 21, 2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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Jimro; I like yours, although that other one is very nice, I like a utilitarian rifle that's sure to get banged around just a little bit (that's hunting) and not cause me duress, when it happens (cause it happens). I want to know it will stand up to rough conditions and keep on going.
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Old September 22, 2013, 05:57 AM   #8
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I'm glad you like it, I had Mike McCabe treat the whole barreled action and bolt with a manganese phosphate coating. When I got the metalwork back from him I used a shoe shine brush and black Kiwi shoe polish to put a light layer of wax over all the surfaces, which I then wiped clean with a rag. So far no rust at all.

I went with a 25" barrel to add some weight up front and maximize velocity from such a sedate round, and to also get the classic "B Grade" Mauser feel from the early iron sighted hunter days. The iron sights are perfectly serviceable Patridge style, and the scope can be removed quickly.

The stock is comfortable, but I keep thinking about how much more utilitarian a B&C Carbelite would be for hunting in a rainy Alaska alder thicket...

Still, I have more money into that project than I could ever get out of it, but I like the rifle, and one of these years the Army will let me have a hunting season off to actually take it back out to the field (haven't hunted since 2008 unfortunately).

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Old September 25, 2013, 08:03 PM   #10
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Hey Jimro, just wanted to say "Thanks"!! for your service.
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Old September 27, 2013, 03:04 AM   #11
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Thank you, without taxpaying citizens I wouldn't get a paycheck.

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Old September 28, 2013, 05:49 PM   #12
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So checking the Lothar Walter site; chambers are finished and thread shank and barrel shoulder need
to be cut back for head-spacing, which takes me out of the equation as I don't have a milling machine.
ER Shaw doesn't list the 9.3x62 caliber in their listings, so they are out too.
Any other barrel suggestions. Thanks
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Old September 30, 2013, 02:12 AM   #13
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Call Pac-Nor, they can short chamber a barrel for you if that is what you want.

Also, I've never cut back the shoulder/face of a barrel on a mill, normally that's lathe work. Do you have access to a lathe?

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Old September 30, 2013, 08:08 AM   #14
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I am definitely ignorant when it comes to those machines, (but a quick study) however no access to anything like that, I'll have to e-mail Pac-Nor.

Jimro; another question please, what contour is the barrel on your 9.3?
medium weight sporter ? or heavy weight ? thanks.

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Old January 31, 2014, 10:18 AM   #15
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Somehow I missed Tahoe's question until now. I specified a heavy sporter contour on the barrel.

Having an extra bit of mass on the front of a rifle helps "ease the swing" a bit in case you need to take a running shot. The old German "Running Boar" game produced rifles with some interesting barrel shapes and contours.

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