Mauser receiver drilling jig, who makes one

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  1. Tokoloshe Safaris

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    I have an intermediate Mauser action that I need to drill & tap (#8 screw) for scope mount bases. I am looking for a scope base jig with bushings, drill carbide bit and tap. Wheeler, B square and a couple of other companies use to make them, but none seem to be available now? Can anyone help me.
     

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    have you tried brownells?
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  3. Tokoloshe Safaris

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    I have decided to try and pick up a 1 piece weaver base for 98 larger ring mauser & modify it until it is similar to the discontinued B-square/Wheeler Mauser scope base drilling jig. I wonder why both companies discontinued the similar or identical ones that they were making. It certainly could not have been because they were selling so many that they got tired of making money? Maybe they did not work that well?
     

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    I have a Forster. Used to use it a lot 25plus yrs. ago. Not much call for it now which is why I imagine the other companies quit production.
     

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    I also have one of the Forster's and it is a nice piece of kit that can be used to drill and tap most actions. I also us it to set up my irons. However since I bought a mill I don't use it as much.
     

  7. Tokoloshe Safaris

    Tokoloshe Safaris SPONSOR Since 2017 AH Fanatic

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    Will there was one complete like new on ebay, but my agent in the states slept through the auction and I was not successful. There is another one with stuff missing. I may by it or go ahead and buy a forster. I just hate to pay that much for something that I will use so seldom. If I was in the states I would just send the rifle to a quality gunsmith, but here!!!!
     

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    Can you find someone with a Bridgeport milling machine somewhere in Zim?
     

  9. Tokoloshe Safaris

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    We have one or two talented machinists here. Part of the problem is they are a long ways away and getting them to actually complete a job is a story in its self. I also like to do my own work it is just that I am lacking in certain tools such as the jig. While the auction for the B-Square jig was going on Brownells had a sale on Forster Jigs, I decided when I lost out in the auction I would go ahead and buy a Forster. Now they are out of stock! Aaagghh!
     

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    Well, that kills the machine shop idea. There are ways to win on ebay that your agent was unaware. Even though an auction may have a bid increment of twenty five cents or higher, one can win an auction with a penny bid over the previous bid. That and there's no need to bid at the end of an auction doing the same thing. I sent you an email. Have you checked those Mauser sites?
     

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    For a one-off job, just use a one-piece base as a guide. Fox it to the recover with a couple of drops of "super glue" , center punch through the screwholes and drill.

    A fixture for holding the receiver in a vice is easy to make.

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  12. Tokoloshe Safaris

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    At the moment I am trying to get both a 1 piece base and a 2 piece base out of RSA. I will use your method using the 1 piece base, then go to the 2 piece base for actual use. This .404J will be used as a client rifle, I do not personally use a scope, but this gives me the option of using a scope, reflex or iron sights.

    Hogpatrol asked if I had checked the Mauser site, the answer is yes. Eventually I will end up with a Forster Jig new or used, none available at this time.
     

  13. Tokoloshe Safaris

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    Yeah!! There were two of the B-squares on ebay one complete and one incomplete. I lost out on the complete one (now I know a lot more about bidding on ebay)!! I did get the second one, it is missing the pilot guides, but it uses the Forster which I can order here and there. If anyone has a Forster Jig that they want to sell I am in the market. At present there are none available.

    More and more PHs are going to reflex sights some are using Mauser's that never were drilled and tapped for scope mounts, now I can drill just the receiver put on a single Weaver style mount on the receiver ring.

    I want to thank all of you for the suggestions and help you gave me on where to look for this jig. As I went through every web site that I could find, I found that 90 % of everything being made today is for AR-15 platform! Times change!
     
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