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April 14, 2010, 07:21 PM
so i got this mauser 98 given to me. the barrel is a pitted mess, but the action seems to work smooth. the trigger is a piece of crap. i am looking for a 7mm mag for a toy. i don't care about it being a pretty gun, just one to shoot. i would prefer to use this stock if possible. what's a ballpark price to turn this gun into a 7mm mag? and is it worth it compared to buying something else?


April 14, 2010, 08:20 PM
[what's a ballpark price to turn this gun into a 7mm mag?]

$450-$500, minimum - IF the action's long enough to handle the 7mm Mag (It doesn't appear to be)

A new barrel @ $225 minimum, unless a take-off can be located cheaper.
Enlarging bolt face for the belted case @ $50,
Fitting/chambering above barrel @ $150 +/_
Alterations to action/magazine to feed belted magnum cases @ $75-$100

[is it worth it compared to buying something else?] -

Not really (to me), but what price do you put on your pleasure/enjoyment ?


April 15, 2010, 12:35 AM
For the cost of conversion you could buy a factory rifle. Sell the beast to someone who needs a project.

April 15, 2010, 07:22 AM
so what is the ballpark value of this gun right now.

April 15, 2010, 07:25 AM
would this gun perform as well as a vanguard if it was converted?

April 15, 2010, 07:42 AM
Ballpark value for a sporterized 98 with a bad barrel probably $150 max. Look at ER Shaws website for prices on reasonable rebarrels. But even that route will not produce something more valuable than $350 - 400, and you can buy a new Howa/Vanguard for that. If you rebarrel than only for a caliber that is not commonly available for cheap as a new gun.

April 15, 2010, 08:24 AM
The action is long enough for the 7 Rem Mag.

Don't know about the price. SGNs has mauser actions you can get for $60-80 bucks, Boyds has some good reasonable stocks (Wood), as does MidwayUSA (plastic).

A barrel is gonna run you about $200. Plus another 200-250 to get it chambered and fitted to the action and open up the bolt face. Then you have to get it blued.

So its gonna cost you about $600 min. to put a gun together. You could shave that a bit if you do your own work, but then you still have to get a reamer and headspace gages.

So you can save a few bucks by buying new, or a good used rifle.

Personally I would rather build my own but I have the equipment to do it. Anyone can buy a rifle, not everyone can build one.....................Oh they can, but wont.

The problem with building your own, as you can see above, you are gonna pay $600 + (and it will probably be a big +), but when you're through, you will have a rifle you may be able to sell for maybe $350.

Thats why you dont find many rich gunsmiths out there.

The value of a home made gun isnt in the money you put into it.

James K
April 15, 2010, 12:38 PM

April 15, 2010, 03:29 PM
A rebarrel to 7x57MM would be a heck of a lot cheaper and would not need to do anything else to magazine, or bolt face, or to stock.

April 21, 2010, 06:44 PM
so if i got this gun into a 7mm mauser, what kind of money is required for that? and is brass readily available to handload?

April 21, 2010, 07:29 PM

About $83 bucks for a short chambered barrel. Yes, the brass is readily from the same source. Your would need a gunsmith to remove the barrel from the action, install the new barrel, finish ream the chamber and head space. This is the least expensive way to go (no other alterations to the existing action), and you end up with a 7mm that performs well and is pleasant to shoot.

April 21, 2010, 08:01 PM
so who in central ohio would be good at working on this gun?

April 21, 2010, 09:01 PM

April 25, 2010, 09:28 AM
In Oct 2009 I built (3) 7mmRemMag rifles on Mauser actions, here is one of them:
A) Brazilian 7mm Mauser VZ24 action
B) Lothar Walther CM 1300 taper 7mm 26" Barrel blank weights 3 pounds 5 ounces = 53 ounces finished
C) Standard 7mmRemMag reamer, .45" drill, .47" boring bar in 4 step chambering
D) High Tech Specialties [Bansner] 20 ounce stock
E) Weaver #45 and #46 steel matte scope mounts
F) Limbsaver large recoil pad untrimmed
G) Oxpho Blue Cold Blue
H) TIG welded bolt handle
I) PAWS Aluminum bottom metal for Mausers weighs 3.5
J) Rear hump of trigger ground down and reduced trigger spring installed
K) Feed lips milled .51" Wide and 3.5" long
L) Bolt face opened to .532" with carbide tools on lathe and mill
M) Extractor claw relieved
N) Wooden plug epoxied into hollow cut off stock butt
O) Headspaced to .215", not SAAMI .220"
P) 3.25" wide sticky stretchy Vero Vennini strap
Q) Leupold VXII 2x7x33 scope
R) Stoney Point Target Knob
S) 34mm DVORAK INSTRUMENTS soft eye scope lens shade
T) Eagle Industries Shooter's Stock Pack [cheek pad]
U) Weaver quad lock 1" scope rings
V) Devcon steel putty epoxy under 1" of barrel, behind recoil lug, below tang, above bottom metal, under scope mounts.
W) Loctite 242 blue on scope mount threads
X) Rust-Oleum camouflage paint 1919 deep forest green on stock
Y) Stoney point objective lens cover

9 pounds without ammo.

65.5 gr H4350 162 gr Hornady SST moly 3.34", 3050 fps
0.75" group at 100 yards [1" high]
6.0" group at 440 yards [6.25 moa elevation adjustment] 5 mph wind

Here are the other two: stainless steel M70 take off barrel, Chrome Moly Rem700 take off barrel.
The rem shoots sub moa, the Win barrel shoots 2 moa.