View Full Version : Need help with a mauser

November 29, 2001, 11:59 AM
Have a rifle on hold at a local shop. I think it was built on a '98 DWM mauser receiver.

I want to make sure it is a "large ring" mauser as it's been scoped, sporterized and rebarreled to .308 Win.

Trigger replaced as it is single stage.

Has two opposing lugs on bolt, one is split by ejector cut, must depress magazine follower to close bolt, feels like it cocks on opening,
guard screws on action screws,
hinged floorplate opens by recessed button in front of triggerguard, bolt was jeweled - didn't see any markings, safety replaced with a vertical Bueller wing

haven't removed scope to look for markings on top of receiver

on left side of receiver in two lines:

Deutsche-Waffen und
Munitions Fabriken - Berlin

on left side of front ring (serial number ?):


Thanks for any help.


Jim Watson
November 29, 2001, 04:30 PM
A large ring Mauser can be told by looking at the left side of the action. If there is a step between the left wall over the magazine well and the receiver ring itself, it is a large ring action. If it is a straight line from the bolt stop to the front of the receiver, it is a small ring. Measured diameters are 1.41" large and 1.30" small.

Not all small ring Mausers are pre-98 designs. There is such a thing as a small ring 98. When they were available cheap, the Brno G33/40 was popular for building lightweight sporters. You would need a real expert to say whether they are adequate for a .308 by current standards, but they were certainly good enough for 8mm European ammo which is much more heavily loaded than the US stuff.

James K
November 29, 2001, 09:40 PM
Unless there is something drastically wrong (and your gunsmith should be able to tell you), any large ring 1898 Mauser made by DWM should be fine for .308.


December 5, 2001, 10:05 AM
Jim & Jim:

Thanks for the replies. Based on your descriptions and comparision with other mausers in the shop it is large ring '98.

And its mine now.

Hard to go wrong for a custom '98 mauser in .308 with sling, scope mounts, rings, scope, aftermarket trigger, bright bore, hand-cut checkered walnut Monte Carlo stock with Pachmeyer recoil pad and a box of Hornady Custom ammo for $ 250.

Range report soon.