View Full Version : Which Mauser should I choose??

January 25, 2010, 07:59 PM
I've had a large CR collection for a long time and was thinking about adding a mauser with the excuse of hunting with it. Do you guys have a preference (quality & accuracy wise) between the german, czech and turkish models?

January 25, 2010, 08:24 PM
Deutche (German), both accuracy & quality wise.


January 25, 2010, 09:03 PM

January 25, 2010, 09:29 PM
Now thatyou mention it one of the best rifles i've ever shot was a swede 6.5x55. They're a little steep for me though. I see a lot of (wincing while typing) reasonably sporterized german k98's for $200 range. Not to sound too silly, but iwhile an original condition gun would be nice, I will really use this as a hunting rifle. basically as long as they only messed up the wood I can restore it eventually.

January 26, 2010, 12:45 AM
Yep, Swede would be nice. Have a couple of nicely sporterized Swedes that do shoot quite well. Of three you mentioned, toss up for me between German or Czech mauser. May want to give a sporter 1903 or 1917 a thought. Lots of them out there and I've bought several of them for under $200 each.

January 26, 2010, 12:56 AM
The Russian Capture K98s are always a good start at $300. Mine came with the sights about a foot off at 100 yards, but it keeps usable groupings off hand.

January 26, 2010, 08:53 PM
Turkish. Cheap and no collection value. Great platform to mess with to build a sporter.

January 26, 2010, 09:17 PM
Swedish Mauser.

January 26, 2010, 09:36 PM

You can find very nice examples of all types you mention.
But all mausers have battle sights. Some are quite poor
for hunting.

The Swedish mausers probably have the best iron sights. The Norwegian
post-war refurbished K98k rifles also have very good sights,
with that being the only thing they changed out other than the
barrel. You can't hit what you can't see. And you can't get a good
sight picture and reliable hits without good sights, no matter what
the "intrinsic" accuracy of the rifle and ammunition.


January 26, 2010, 10:49 PM
It doesn't really matter. All other things equal, they are all serviceable hunting rifles.

That being said, my favorites are Czech Vz 24s.

January 26, 2010, 11:34 PM
German or Swedish make, then Czech, last Turk.

Turk is last on my list as I've not fired mine, yet.

You can find sporterized Mausers for the price of a good military piece, that's probably the better way to go, with a custom stock, scope, all the trimmings.

January 27, 2010, 12:36 AM
German or Swedish make, then Czech, last Turk.

See, I would rank the Czech above the German. Almost all Czech Mausers were made with Poldi steel, a quality of metal that the Germans never duplicated. The finish on the wartime Czechs isn't always tops, but the pre-war rifles' finish doesn't give anything up to any German Mauser.

January 27, 2010, 10:16 PM
I already have a real nice 03A3 and dont want to ding it up. I have a beater enfield but it's horribly inaccurate. I actually have a pristine K98 but dont want put it through too much use for the whole collector value thing. I've seen a lot of reasonably priced German mausers and some swedes. Is it just me or do the Swedes seem to just go up in value if they were monkeyed with aftermarket?

P5 Guy
January 28, 2010, 01:38 PM
1904/39 in 7.92x57. Or one of the other countries Mausers? Moroccan short rifle in .30'06? A Spanish Civil War era Mauser? Chilean? There are so many to chose from.

Ignition Override
January 28, 2010, 10:57 PM
Do the Yugo Mausers not compare well in quality with the OP's group?

P5 Guy
January 29, 2010, 01:53 PM
The crest on the two I own one a k98 and one a M48a. Both are quite accurate with 196gr from S&B. Let me just say that they can shoot better than I can. And I'd bet with careful handloading will improve their performance. The problem with military Mausers is the sights are tiny.

January 29, 2010, 04:38 PM
If money is not a concern, get a swede 38 or even a 96.:cool:

The most versatile for the money right now is a Yugo M48 for around $200 or so dollars.

January 30, 2010, 12:11 AM
What about Argentine?

Also, FYI: I was just looking at my RC K98 and noticed that not a single number was matching on anything :p.

T. O'Heir
January 30, 2010, 02:36 AM
Does the chambering matter? If not, go Swede, Czech, FN(Made 'em post war for Israel), then German. Turkish Mausers might have been German or Czech made.
The Swedes weren't bombed, the Czech's not bombed as much as any German plant(unless it was pre-war made for export. Portugal, et al.)
Any of the chamberings will do nicely for hunting.
"...What about Argentine?..." Made in Germany.

January 30, 2010, 02:43 AM
The M96 Swedish Mauser is as good an example of the species as you'll see. Beside that, the 6.5x55 is a really neat cartridge to play around with - especially if you reload.

January 30, 2010, 09:12 AM
I agree with HankC1 you don't have to feel bad about chopping it and they shoot good.

January 30, 2010, 10:38 AM
The Mexican Mauser is a sweetheart. Not as easy to find as the Eastern Europeans, but when you find them they are usually in very good condition (and chambered in the very cool 7x57 unless they were re-arsenaled).

January 30, 2010, 04:37 PM
Co-incidentally my neighbor has just offered to sell me a czech mauser that is allegedly of german manufacture. It's hart to tell what condition its in as its in a nice nasty block of cosmoline and paper. The numbers are not matching. What's a fair price to offer him?

January 31, 2010, 01:00 AM
I'd pay $150, partly because I like finding a good deal, but mostly because you don't know what is it. Get some pics of the receiver ring and someone here can identify it. I like the Czech mausers personally, but my uncle has a m96 swede that will absolutely shoot the lights out! Any mauser is a good mauser(for the most part). Show us what your looking at, you've got me excited now.


January 31, 2010, 01:43 PM
It sounds like you're looking for cheap so why not just go with a Russian capture or a Yugo? They're often in very nice shape due to their rearsenaling.