A while back I bought a real dandy FN commercial Mauser. On the barrel it reads J.C. Higgins model 50. Sears, Roebuck and Co, caliber 30-06. I bought this gun with the idea of making another 338-06. A week ago I was playing with a friends new bore scope and had a look see down the hole in the for retail 98. The cut rifling looked brand new and had cleaner lines than any gun in my possession that was made recently.
Today I took the old girl out for a shoot. There will be no rebarreling or reboring this rifle. Store bought 180 grain Core Lockts went under an inch as did some 125 grain reloads that have been on my shelf for way to long. I mounted a Leupold 2x7 in Talley one piece low rings/bases. The nicely grained walnut stock has ivory looking diamonds of about 1 inch by 3/4 of an inch inlaid into both sides and the bottom of the forend and then a 2.5 x 1.5 matching diamond on each side of the butt stock. The bolt shroud is of military vintage with a flip up safety that blocks the firing pin. The trigger is not the long creepy military trigger but rather one that is new to me. The trigger has a lever that actually attaches to the trigger itself and is part of the floor plate assembly. This lever cams and has a catch on the end of the lever that hooks onto a catcher lever that is incorporated into the sear housing on the bottom of the receiver which releases the firing pin. Nicest 98 mauser trigger that I have ever messed with. Crisp release with no play.
Tonight I sat in my lazyboy and massage 1000 Plus into the oil finished stock. Me thinks I found a keeper!😁😁