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    GEW Mauser 98 action

    Could not resist an offer of a GEW 98 action that comes with a set of bases and Sako 26mm ring mounts. The bolt handle has been bent down to clear a scope and I have a spare GEW98 8x57 barrel and Pecar 4x81 scope.

    I have had great success with a M1904 and cast boolits so a new rifle with a scope......







    Next project will be a new timber stock from camphor wood; should keep me busy during winter.
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    That looks like a great project.
    Keep us informed as it progresses.

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    Is the base welded to the front ring? Sure looks like a thin weld bead on each side in the pictures.
    Nice looking piece of wood. Is camphor a common wood for custom stocks over there?

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    Please post pictures along the way.
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    Certainly the makings of a fine rifle. As the others have said, please take photos.

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    That's going to be very nice. The scope base does look like it has epoxy underneath. The trigger guard swivel is a neat feature if you have one or can find one.
    Beautiful grain on that slab of camphor wood- does it smell like Campho- Phenique?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quack1 View Post
    Nice looking piece of wood. Is camphor a common wood for custom stocks over there?
    Camphor is noted as a 'weed' but readily available, have over 2 tons that has been drying for years. I use a lot of it for making jewel boxes.

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    Great progress on day one, did a "like for like" at the dealer saving the cost of a PTA. Got offered a ex-military 30.06 barrel from a WW2 FN conversion (if it is any good). Gave it a good scrub with Bisley bore solvent and steel wool and it comes up 9+/10. Pushing a tight patch through there was the constant pressure from end to end. Nice deep rifling that just kisses the bore riding nose of my favourite cast pill a Lyman 311284 that weighs 206.8gns with my alloy.

    Already had a spare Pecar 4x81 Scope that fits in the Sako mounts perfectly and adequately clears the bolt handle.

    Now for a stock?

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    Polished and re-blued the barrel today. Stripped all the old finish off and when back to bare metal, I heated the barrel with a propane torch then applied the cold blue solution. When that dried I again polished with OOO steel wool, heated again and applied a second coating.

    A bit of oil and it presents as a professional job!
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    That’s a nice project. I could envy you for the wood you have stashed. With that wood a mannlicher stock would be awesome for that action. I still get moved in my heart at blued steel and nice grain wood!
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