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I need a winter project , thinking of sporterizing a Enfield or mauser . I have both , both are accurate, neither have any matching numbers . I have more 8mm ammo but not by a lot .  Both were bought on the cheap years ago .  Should I do it or find another winter project 

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42 minutes ago, sbuff said:

I need a winter project , thinking of sporterizing a Enfield or mauser . I have both , both are accurate, neither have any matching numbers . I have more 8mm ammo but not by a lot .  Both were bought on the cheap years ago .  Should I do it or find another winter project 

Build wood duck houses.   Pizz on those other projects.   :):)

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I had a sporterized Parker Hale Mauser 98 270 Winchester with a Redfield Widefield 3x9 scope on it and a set trigger . That set trigger would drop the trigger pull down to 3/4 lbs .  Very nice looking guns . We had fun shooting it but I sold it when cleaning house on guns  that I was never going to use. Mauser actions are popular guns to sporterize . Have fun with it and good luck . 

Mine looked like this one only with a darker stock and a set trigger.

 

 

amauser.jpg

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33 minutes ago, SportsmanNH said:

I had a sporterized Parker Hale Mauser 98 270 Winchester with a Redfield Widefield 3x9 scope on it and a set trigger . That set trigger would drop the trigger pull down to 3/4 lbs .  Very nice looking guns . We had fun shooting it but I sold it when cleaning house on guns  that I was never going to use. Mauser actions are popular guns to sporterize . Have fun with it and good luck . 

Mine looked like this one only with a darker stock and a set trigger.

 

 

 

Parker Hale’s were built on Santa Barbara , Spanish made commercial actions in a mauser type action with side safety. 

Thats doesnt fit the definition as most would take sporterized to mean as in taking a former military rifle and modifying it for use in hunting or target use. They were not modified but already produced using an action devoid of military features like a thumb cut, or feeding lips for a clip, a bolt safety.

Other companies who built on commercial mausers would be like CZ,Zastava,FN/Browning, Whitworth etc. all mausers…..but commercial, not military or sporterized; they start that way.

Some military actions used in custom rifles are more desirable than others most due to metallurgy qualities. Mauser A or B, G33/40 on the good end; Turkish stuff on the not so good. Often customizing has makers rehardening actions, you can look up discussions about set back with higher pressure rounds……blah blah blah.

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19 minutes ago, Dinsdale said:

Parker Hale’s were built on Santa Barbara , Spanish made commercial actions in a mauser type action with side safety. 

Thats doesnt fit the definition as most would take sporterized to mean as in taking a former military rifle and modifying it for use in hunting or target use. They were not modified but already produced using an action devoid of military features like a thumb cut, or feeding lips for a clip, a bolt safety.

Other companies who built on commercial mausers would be like CZ,Zastava,FN/Browning, Whitworth etc. all mausers…..but commercial, not military or sporterized; they start that way.

Some military actions used in sporterizing are more desirable than others most due to metallurgy qualities. Mauser A or B, G33/40 on the good end; Turkish stuff on the not so good. Often customizing has makers rehardening actions, you can look up discussions about set back with higher pressure rounds……blah blah blah.

I didn't do any work to this gun. Only had fun shooting it at the range for a couple years . It was a very accurate gun. I bought it used originally because of the name Parker thinking it was somehow a division of Parker Brothers.  It was a real nice gun . Bought it for $300 and sold it 10 years later to a guy in the mid west on gunbroker for $700 without doing anything to it but cleaning it. It was fun shooting it though with that light set trigger.  I wouldn't want to hunt with it unless you were in an elevated tower. You just touched that trigger and  it would fire.

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9 minutes ago, SportsmanNH said:

I didn't do any work to this gun.

Kinda my point.

You referred to it as “sporterized”.

Its not.

It came that way and had no work to make it a civilian rifle.

A sporterized is a former heavy chunky military rifle trimmed down in stock and barrel, often rechambered in not its original form.

Just sayin’.

 

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2 hours ago, Dinsdale said:

Kinda my point.

You referred to it as “sporterized”.

Its not.

It came that way and had no work to make it a civilian rifle.

A sporterized is a former heavy chunky military rifle trimmed down in stock and barrel, often rechambered in not its original form.

Just sayin’.

 

Honestly I didn't know anything about a Parker Hale . The gun shop had it listed as a " sporterized  mauser " . I bought it for the Parker name for $300  . Thought it was very good quality for that price .  A buddy of mine has a real German 7MM Mauser from WW2 with the high rise iron sights. Freakin thing weighs a ton . I bet it weighs 10 lbs just the gun itself . No wonder they sporterize those things LOL

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3 hours ago, SportsmanNH said:

I had a sporterized Parker Hale Mauser 98 270 Winchester with a Redfield Widefield 3x9 scope on it and a set trigger . That set trigger would drop the trigger pull down to 3/4 lbs .  Very nice looking guns . We had fun shooting it but I sold it when cleaning house on guns  that I was never going to use. Mauser actions are popular guns to sporterize . Have fun with it and good luck . 

Mine looked like this one only with a darker stock and a set trigger.

 

 

amauser.jpg

My dad had a Mauser sporterized back in '43 after he got home from the army. Has the set trigger.  My nephew used it to take a doe Sunday. 

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25 minutes ago, SportsmanNH said:

Honestly I didn't know anything about a Parker Hale . The gun shop had it listed as a " sporterized  mauser " . I bought it for the Parker name for $300  . Thought it was very good quality for that price .  A buddy of mine has a real German 7MM Mauser from WW2 with the high rise iron sights. Freakin thing weighs a ton . I bet it weighs 10 lbs just the gun itself . No wonder they sporterize those things LOL

Just trying to give a little insight and education of why terms matter and what’s the difference on your example.

I’ll go away now.

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