The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: Bolt, Lever, and Pump Action

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old October 8, 2012, 01:59 PM   #1
militant
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 12, 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 474
Mauser Golden State?

I have a buddy who wants to trade me me Benelli Nova for a Mauser Golden State 30-06. I am not familiar with these rifles at all but am looking for a deer rifle. What are your opinions on these rifles?
__________________
A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44
militant is offline  
Old October 8, 2012, 02:06 PM   #2
couillon
Member
 
Join Date: August 3, 2012
Posts: 57
There was a question posted long ago about an 06 golden state mauser. I can't answer it better.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50058
couillon is offline  
Old October 8, 2012, 03:41 PM   #3
natman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 24, 2008
Posts: 1,434
I can.

Golden State may have made guns based on sporterized military actions at one time or another, but many were made on Santa Barbara commercial Mauser actions made in Spain. Look for Spain on the tang.

Here's a link to the company's history:

http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_santafe.html

Look in Bolt Action Rifles for an evaluation of the action:

http://www.amazon.com/reader/0873496604

Last edited by natman; October 8, 2012 at 03:46 PM.
natman is offline  
Old October 8, 2012, 03:49 PM   #4
militant
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 12, 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 474
Aside from the companies history, I wanted to know about how reliable and accurate they are.
__________________
A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44
militant is offline  
Old October 8, 2012, 05:01 PM   #5
Scorch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2006
Location: Washington state
Posts: 11,461
Any rifle based on the Mauser 98 will be rugged and reliable. Golden State used barrels that were OK, but I would not expect stellar accuracy from one, about 3" at 100yds would be my guess. At the time they were made and sold, that was acceptable accuracy from a rifle used for hunting, and a rifle that shot 1" was considered a real shooter. Value is about $300-ish.
__________________
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?
Summit Arms Services
Taylor Machine
Scorch is offline  
Old October 9, 2012, 03:00 AM   #6
10-96
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 19, 2005
Location: Tx Panhandle Territory
Posts: 3,241
I have one, stamped "Santa Fe Golden State 1946" on the side of the barrel. The receiver was scrubbed above the woodline, but below and on the bolt, floorplate, and follower are still typical Mauser 98 markings. I relieved the barrel channel, it sports a Timney trigger, and it posts solid .55" 5-shot groups with 165gr and 168gr handloads. It opens up a tad with 150's, and finally gets to about 1" with 125's.

The one my brother talked me out of pretty much acted the same with the 150's and 168's- never had a chance to try other weights.

I would make the trade- in a heartbeat. But then again, I never really warmed up to the Nova line of shotguns that much to begin with, I I guess my biases are showing.

The reliability ought to right up there with the best of any rifle maker. Mausers weren't built to be pretty, but ruther with a foremost focus on strength and durability. Unless it has had some unsavory tinkering done to it- it ought to last many more generations. As far as accuracy- they haven't been made in a long time- so how much wear and tear is on the one you're looking at? Hard to say. Mine is excellent, and the one I had before my brother got his burger grabbers onto it was excellent as well.
__________________
Rednecks... Keeping the woods critter-free since March 2, 1836. (TX Independence Day)

I'm going to use the words "clip" and "Long Colt" every chance I get. It grinds my gears to see new members attacked when we all know dang good and well what's being refered to.
10-96 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07539 seconds with 9 queries