Any good mauser gunsmith y'all know?

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  1. pinkbunny

    pinkbunny Senior Member Charter Life Member

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    So, I like to collect milsurps by archetype. I'm not interested in, for example, getting a pristine Savage SMLE, or a DOU marked K98, or some such. I value the history of the item, and the story behind it, so one that is in good condition, convenient, suits me best.

    For example, I got an Ishapore 2A1 as my Enfield representitive, because I like the availability of .308.

    Similarly, I was on the hunt for a good '98 Mauser to fill a hole in my collection. Found this ad(http://www.armslist.com/posts/84694...modelo-1912-chilean-mauser-in-308---7-62-x-51 ). I had already heard about how good the Chilean 1895 and 1912 were, so seeing a 1912 in the oh, so convenient 308 seemed tempting. The history of a 308 1912(Chilean Mauser, designed by a German, made by Austrians in Steyr, and barreled with surplus 1903A3 barrels) seemed intriguing.

    I just got it, for, I think, a decent price. It needs some work. The stock is in need of a scrubbing with 0000 steel and kerosene, and then some BLO, no big deal. It's missing the front guard screw and one band spring.

    It looks like someone saw that there seems to be corrosion where wood meets metal under the barrel, and refinished the receiver and barrel with some kind of coating, Alumahyde maybe? Then some genius put something on the bolt. It's dark black, smells like grease and gunpowder, and is all over it. In some parts seems like paint and stays, in others, wipes off with a paper towel.

    I'd like a gunsmith to go over it, check it for condition and function, and source missing parts, strip that bolt to the white. Maybe give me a quote on whether it's worth it to keep the new finish, or strip it and reblue.

    Anyone y'all recommend?

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    gsimmons Active Member Supporting Member

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    Brian Dick at BDL Ltd. in Edgefield, SC. He was an armourer in the army and has been doing milsurps for 30 years or so. bdlltd.com
     
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    DLam Happy to be here

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    Isaac McCaskill - Cassatt Gun Works - Cassatt, SC

    He did some work on my Garand. Ex marine gunsmith that knows military firearms.

    He gets high marks from me.
     
  4. Sharps40

    Sharps40 Price, it's all about the price

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    Bet you can hang more crap on your daily carry!
    As ruff and tired as that one is. Clean. Inspect. Shoot if safe. Dont waste resources on it.
     
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