Mauser Oberndorf 9.3x62

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  1. TokkieM

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    Six months ago I paid a visit to my gunsmith to check on the progress of my 458 Lott. As things go we got around to discussing Mauser rifles and I mentioned that I had a FN actioned 9.3x62 Husqvarna I wanted to rebuild. He got up and went digging in his safe and came out with a barreled action and handed it to me. I cant say if it was the name Mauser Oberndorf that made my heart skip a beat or the fact that it was in great condition with matching numbers on the barrel,action and bolt, it being in 9.3x62 was a bonus, the action was also not drilled neither was the bolt handle bent. In short a beautifull setup that I can confirm was buildt around 1932-34 as a sporting model.
    Needless to say I left with my wallet somewhat lighter and a new project in the works.
    I have selected and purchased a stock blank that I think will suite the classic rifle. If I am lucky, my Norwegian gunsmith will start the build in Feb 2015, but I have a few problems or decisions to make by then.
    1. Do I drill the action for scope mount and then go the whole hog with new safety, new bolt handle and some engraving?
    2. Do I leave the old girl as she is and just have the custom stock made?

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  2. enysse

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    Leave it alone, it's in nice shape.
     
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    just put the nice stock on it and leave as is, and build the fn actioned one with scope mounts etc if you need a scoped 9.3x62. or i might have to come and take that mauser away from you before you ruin it!! :E Big Grin: pauls message came as i posted mine and i agree it shouldnt be a wallhanger , but with only iron sights it will be great for all pigs and other animals close up hunting. i love my 9.3x62s and my 9.3x74r as some people know :D and prefer using the irons, and on the double only use them even though it does have a scope.
     
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  4. PaulT

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    HHS, that is an outstanding pick-up, congrats.

    Personally, i'm not a collector therefore I would go the "whole-hog" and modify it (new bolt, drill and tap and mount scope) and get it out in the bush and start hunting with it !

    I have an Argentine 1909 Mauser built up into a 9.3x64 which has been done as described above (including being Cerakoted !!) and I absolutely love it.
    I would much rather own something I can get my hands on and use as opposed to a "wall-hanger".

    Bit like dating a super model and having to keep your distance, so to speak :rolleyes:

    Best of luck, it's going to be some kind of special creating hunting memories with a gun like that !

    Life is too short to hunt with an ugly gun (not my saying, but still a good one (y))

    Paul.
     
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    I would be inclined to just stock it nicely and forget it, but of course that does limit its utility somewhat. It also depends on whether or not you intend to sell it down the road. You can put a lot of money into a custom build (cars, boats, guns, women etc.) and not get it all back.
     
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    Snap, I 've got one very similar. Mine was made in 1924-25. Unfortunately the bolt doesn't match the action, but is a sporting rather than a military bolt.
    Mine came from then Rhodesia where it belonged to a farming family who bought it to New Zealand when they left Zimbabwe. It certainly shows it was used a lot. I want to take it back to Africa in a few years, in the mean time I will take it for the odd hunt to get used to it.
    I initially thought about scoping it, but figured it had lasted 90 years without a scope so it could stay that way.

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    Hunthardsafaris with kinda ugly piece of firewood and just being a barreled action, just send it to me and I will send you a nice 30/06 FN mauser that is already drilled for scope mounts and has a Lyman receiver mounted peep sight on it. It just wouldn't be right to muck up that nice action and ugly firewood:D Look forward to seeing pictures your rifle when finished.
     
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  8. Witold Krzyżanowski

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    Hund Hard Safaris, this will be a nice rifle.
     
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  9. TokkieM

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    Thanks for the input guys! Think I get the message;) Will keep her as is and when my eyesight goes someday, look at it again. No rifle I ever owned was a wallhanger:)They all need to earn their keep:) Now I need to get that gunsmith working on the "firewood" so I can take the rifle back to Africa for some testing:D
     

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    Magnificent piece ! Can't wait to see it in furniture ! Plan to build a 9.3 x 62 this year.
    I'm thinking Mannlicher stock and peep irons, but who knows??
     
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    Why don't you do it like most Swedes do?

    Order a half way finished laminate/plastic stock. Drill it for a picatinny rail and mount a tactical 1-24x32 scope from china with red and green illumination. Change the safety to something made out of plastic.
    Shorten the barrel to 18 inch and put a suppressor on it that builds atleast 5 inches in length.
    Don't forget to get someone to replace the bolt handle with a screw on cap made from orange plastic.
    And Voila! You now have a typical newborn Swedish mauser :Yuck:

    All kidding aside, keep it original and make it into the classic rifle it deserves and should be!
     
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    Put a Nice piece of wood on it, leave the rest alone
     
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    Just leave it as is , less and less original ones every year.
     

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    I applaud the decision to leave it the way it is in the new stock but the one thing you can do to ensure it continues to be a practical hunting rifle is the get bolt mounted aperture. I put mine on the standard short cocking piece but a second long cocking piece could be used to mount the aperture sight and you would have an easy 200 yd hunting rifle long after the barrel mounted rear sight became difficult to use. At 63 and having worn glasses since the early 80's, I still like my aperture sights and have them on five of my rifles.

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    They do not come in that fashion anymore...no need for window dressing an old classic ...that treatment is applied to new rifles from the shelf, mass production rifles...leave her be she will show you why the 9.3x62 is the greatest caliber used for may years in Africa to kill anything standing and biting ....it is designed by one of the best gunsmiths , Otto Bock ever...you really have a very special rifle ...you are extremely fortunate..
    A link to a discussion/review on a 9.3x62..

    http://www.fieldandstream.com/http:/www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/gun-nut/93x62-the-germans-338
     
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  16. TokkieM

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    Just a update in case folks think I have dropped the project! Had a few delays with the Gsmith moving shop and getting settled, but he is now focusing on my rifle. Inletting is done by hand, so is everything else, it takes time and incredable skill to get it perfect. No floating or bedding, it is a good and proper old school tight fit no gaps build. Should take another month or two to complete the stock, then oiling it and sending the metal off to be worked over. Figure it will take another year before its done the way I want it. Some photos of the inletting.
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    Hi Tokie.
    Long time not write.
    Where were you and were ypou doing?
    Witold
     

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    @Witold Krzyżanowski - I have been busy booking hunts,building rifles and keeping out of trouble, the last bit is not going so well:) I have had my hands full with driven hunts in SA and off course keeping the Wild Boar population down here in Sweden. Also a full time job training the dogs,I have a champion in the making and one more on the way. Other than that we have been beating some pheasants so they will fly high, 550-600 birds per day is not a joke:confused:
     

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    The stock looks like very nice wood!
     

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    Thank you @CAustin, pretty dense and hard piece of plank, should oil up very nice. Saved the off cuts to use on a custom blade to go with the rifle.
     
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