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Old March 28, 2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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Lets see 'em, sporterized military rifles (Pic heavy)

Lets see your sporterized military rifles. Anything counts, foreign and domestic, homemade or gunsmith.


Here is my 7.7 Arisaka. Stock and metal work all done for me by my grandpa. Sights are off a Winchester model 70, barrel was done with a draw file by hand. The stock is a walnut blank I used to play with as a kid with zebra wood pistol grip cap and forend cap. He also made the floor plate release and modified the safety so it is actually useable. I just need to have it blued and decide if I want to scope it or leave it naked. I have several guns he has worked on but this one is my favorite.








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Old March 28, 2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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Interesting, never have seen an Arisaka sporterized.
Here are mine, I did all the work on these 3...
1921 Carl Gustaf 1896 Swedish Mauser in 6.5x55 (of course)



VZ-24 in .35 Whelan


SKS, ugly but it works.
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Old March 28, 2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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Nice work, I have a spanish mauser I have thought of putting a 35 whelen barrel on.
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Old March 28, 2009, 11:30 PM   #4
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Speaking of Spanich Mausers . . .

1954 Spanish La Coruna Modelo 1943 action, barreled in 22-250 with a Richards Microfit AA Claro walnut stock, cocobolo forend and pistolgrip caps.
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Old March 28, 2009, 11:32 PM   #5
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I'm loathe to Bubba a good milsurp when it can be restored...

But some are found that are just too far gone. I take pity on finding such massacres, and those get rebuilt into something else for my gun safes.

I took over from Bubba and his hacksaw job with this 1917 Amberg Gewehr98. It's still in the original 8mm chambering, but I gave it a Bishop stock, Timney trigger, parkerizing, 700BDL iron sights, a welded bolt handle, Acraglas bedding, and a restored vintage Weaver V-8 external adjust scope:



This derelict 1916 C.G. Haenel Gewehr98 action got magnafluxed and trued, then received a welded bolt handle, Canjar single-set trigger, Speedlock striker and spring assembly, Krieger No. 5 taper barrel, Vais muzzle brake, Fajen Ace Varminter stock, Devcon bedding, Millett scope base and rings, Weaver V-16 scope, parkerizing over matte bluing, and a custom wildcat chambering in 6.5-06. It's my 1000-yard rifle, and was featured in the September 1999 issue of Tactical Shooter magazine for hitting a golfball cold bore at 500 meters. It goes with me in my pine box when I take my dirt nap.



This is an Eddystone 1917 U.S. Enfield action, with an unknown make target barrel, Unertl scope and mounts, Dayton trigger, early Fajen laminated stock, and gorgeous bluing. It was assembled sometime in the late 1960s, from what I can find out. It's chambered for the wildcat .236 Super, which we'd know today as a 6mm-.270.

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Old March 28, 2009, 11:55 PM   #6
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Produces in 1938 Swedish Mauser m38 6.5x5.5mm wwii sniper issued 1941 other than my serial number I have the engravings of 946 on my bolt.



Iv always wonderd how or why IV got these knotches. Perhaps their kills in the great war, OR the deer some one got with their rifle who knows I like it though adds character!


this is what she would of looked like!
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Old March 29, 2009, 12:08 AM   #7
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Interesting, never have seen an Arisaka sporterized.
It's an amazingly beautiful rifle. The pictures don't do it justice. (A little oil on the stock would help a bit too. It's been a while.) It's a shame our grandfather hated the Japanese so badly. He absolutely obliterated the intact mum on the rifle by bead-blasting and polishing.


As for my entry... I give you the FrankenMauser! Originally a Yugo 24/47 Mauser; it has seen many forms. (Only a few documented.)


.35 Whelen form:



This action suffered a terrible accident, and was compromised. To check it's suitability for safe usage near your face, we devised a plan....


Proof testing equipment: (ATF legal, since it's a bolt action.)



Back in 8x57JS form, with proof testing equipment:


Don't ask about the stock. It was an exercise in stupidity.

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Old March 29, 2009, 12:52 AM   #8
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Did it survive?

How bad an accident? Cracked receiver ring, cracked locking lugs?
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Old March 29, 2009, 02:12 AM   #9
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These are some really beautiful sporterizing jobs, guys.

Talk about eye-candy!
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Old March 29, 2009, 06:17 AM   #10
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Does this count? Modified to a "You better shoot straight, Tojo" model.
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Old March 29, 2009, 08:37 AM   #11
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Sporterized Mil

My Dad had an M-1 Carbine he had sporterized. Full length stock, beautiful wood. Decided he wanted to trade or sell it to get a different gun. I told him I'd buy it. His response was that I couldn't afford what he wanted for it. I wish I could find the guy that bought it from him.

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Old March 29, 2009, 09:32 AM   #12
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Remington Arms Springfield '03-A3, built in March '44. This was my dad's backup rifle till I came of age to hunt. He gave it to me when I was 13, and found an unfinished stock at a gun show the next year. I refinished the stock and put this back in the safe about five years ago when I found a model 70 for a decent price.



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Old March 29, 2009, 09:40 AM   #13
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Gewher98.......... it did survive, we still shoot it. As for the "accident" frankenmauser will have to elaborate, I wasn't in on that mishap.
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Old March 29, 2009, 09:44 AM   #14
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chadwimc....... is that rifle for sale, I have been looking for a birthday present for my ex-wife?
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Old March 29, 2009, 09:46 AM   #15
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Springfield 1903 in .35 Whelen:

Found this one on Gunbroker

Springfield 1903 in .338-06:

Got this one from a local guy

VZ-24 in 8mm-06:

Got this one in a bunch of pieces receiver had already been drilled and tapped and the barrel steps had been tapered. Too far gone to bring back to orginal so I went ahead and finished the sporter job. Found on Gunbroker.

Springfield 1896 30-40 Krag:

Found in a local pawn shop.

I've got a Kimber M96 Sporter 6.5X55, and 1917 Sporter .300 H&H at the smith's still as well as a bubba M93 Mauser. I'm going to try and save the M93 someday, I'm hoping it will make a nice .250 or .300 Savage rifle I just haven't taken it in to see if the receiver is still good. I know I wouldn't shoot it now in the current state it is in.

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Old March 29, 2009, 11:28 AM   #16
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Gewehr98: For the frankenmauser, a barrel was put on with improper tools, which allowed the reciever to become twisted to the point that the bolt would not close, the bolt locking lugs were out of alignment with the reciever. So, using a pipe wrench and a crash axe, the reciever was re-tweaked, back the opposite direction untill the bolt fully closed with no binding. It was then fitted with the remoted firing servos (ATF was consulted, and confirmed its legallity, and then laughed their butts off). When test firing, we started with some reduced power handloads and worked up thru hotter handloads, then some surplus, and finally some really hot (4+ grains over max) handloads, figuring it would either throw shrapnel all over, or hold together and we would feel safe shooting it if it held up thru all the test loads.
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One heck of a fine shooter. She's won me many a bet.
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Old March 29, 2009, 05:55 PM   #18
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1917 Enfield, .375 H&H.


Stole it off Gunbroker.
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Old March 29, 2009, 06:35 PM   #19
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LOOKn good guys keep the pics coming!!
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Old March 29, 2009, 10:49 PM   #20
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These are some very nice rifles, I have a sweet spot for sporterized war horses. I think I just drooled on my keyboard.
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Old March 30, 2009, 11:05 AM   #21
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Just picked this Mosin Nagant up the other day, $100CDN and a case of ammo for it, couldnt pass it up now all i have to do if find some surplus ammo in canada.



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Old March 31, 2009, 10:04 PM   #23
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Shorthair..........Where did you get the stock on that swede?
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Old March 31, 2009, 10:35 PM   #24
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Hi Cornbush.
Got it about 15 years ago from maybe Brownell's. Its a Fajen, got it for perhaps $150. It came semi-inletted, the buttplate, pistol grip cap and sling swivel studs already installed, a really good job doing so, all the screw slots aligned. The wood on the outside was left very proud and rough. It honestly looked like they had stopped working on the outside at the rough mill stage. So I finished inletting it, bedded it, rasped out the barrel channel and ejection port and sanded the heck out of it, finished with about a billion light layers of Tru-Oil. Then I checkered it, first attempt but it came out presentable. The fore end checkering looks worse in the picture than it really is, must be an e-pic thing. I'll take and post some more detailed pics if anyone cares to see more detail.
Really a great find, I looked for one for my VZ-24 but can't find them anymore
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Old March 31, 2009, 10:42 PM   #25
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I think its great, classic lines, nice wood, and a nice finish.
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