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origin of a Mauser

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A local gun store has a .308 mauser for sale. It is pretty clean, but only has numbers stamped on the reciever. There are no other markings on the gun and thats about all I and the store owner know. Is there a way to figure out what those numbers mean, to know who or where this gun was made. I was dumb enough not to write the numbers down, but any info would be helpful. It is a bolt action gun, in .308, for $150. It was enough to get me interested.....Maybe I should ask this in the turkish forum.
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Could be a Spanish model, too. Probably not German or Yugo.
could be a spanish, or a german converted by the israelis to 308, need more info off the reciever.
A lot of the Better converted .308's are Israeli's of Czech manufacture. The poorer (and DANGEROUS ones) are the Spanish FR-8's derived from 1916 mausers

A correspondent on the collectors' group whom I trust has converted many Mausers says the Spanish steels are rather soft and not as durable as the German and Czech and Belgian Mausers. His final warning is Hunting .308 Winchester aint the same as military 7.62 x 51 (sometimes called .308 Nato)

There is a 12-15% pressure difference making the .308 Winchester a means of defining the shelf life of your ".308 Mauser" rather quickly. (IF you survive)

A local dealer who sells various Mausers refuses to sell these ".308's" because he had to replace too many with set-back, locking lug, and various other pressure-related failures
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