I'm considering, and have always wanted to build or have built, a custom rifle from a Mauser action. I want to do as much of the work as possible myself and leave the close tolerance work to the smiths. I know its more expensive than buying an "off the shelf" rifle, but keep in mind that I will be building it over a 2-3(or more) year period.I want to build it in a benchrest/varmint configuration( light trigger,heavy barrel,etc.)but I also want it to become an heirloom of sorts, with heavy engraving and such.(It wont be something I will be dragging through the swamps or beating trails through briar patches with
The things I need to know would be:
Which Mauser action is the strongest for the price?Im looking at buying a complete rifle and Ive seen some that are "k-98" for decent prices in condition "good" and some others for around 100.00..whats the difference?which condition should I look into?
Which countries should i stay away from?
I would like to build it in .222 or .220 Swift, would the long 8mm action feed this properly? I also plan to make this a single shot by installing the glue in bench rest follower.
What about parts availability, which model Mauser would be best?? things like custom barrels, scope mounts, custom triggers, bolts that have bolt handles already bent?
I guess what Im asking is, which Mauser action should I use to do this?
Thanks for any help you can give me, Cuz