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So I was thinking, maybe as a stepping stone to later projects, of possibly rebarreling a Mauser to a US caliber such as 308 or 30-06. Yes, this from the guy who drilled a stigmata hole in his wrist trying to get a screw out of his 98/22.

But seriously, suppose it would be possible for an average guy with a vise to just screw off a barrel from a Mauser and screw on another one from say Numrich or Brownell's?

What tools or training would one need beyond a vise, a barrel wrench, and headspacing gauges? Would a commercial barrel fit inside a military stock or would it require a new one or drastic modification?

Would I be better off buying a 308 Enfield from Gibb's if I wanted a rugged 30 caliber bolt gun with some accuracy?
 

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What tools or training would one need beyond a vise, a barrel wrench, and headspacing gauges?
A lathe and chambering reamers. Normally barrels come short chambered to leave boring room in order to headspace. A bolt action normally has to be chamber bored to proper depth to set headspace.
 

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I just looked at barrels and see some short chambered and some long chambered. Long chambered ones cost over $200. Adding that to the price of the original gun and adding the headache of smithing it, a Savage starts looking good...
 

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Something about military surplus

Something about the controlled feed of the mauser action, you can turn it upside down and still chamber a round.

To me, I want a rifle that can take a beating - ok beat something with it if, let it get up and run 500 yards, then drop it so you don't get blood on ya. :D
 
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