I have this mauser project that started a few months ago. It started out as this yugo 48 that somebody had rebarreled with a 18" 308 adams & bennet barrel, pretty light contour. The original wood stock had been rough sewn to approximately 94 winchester dimensions. The barrel was in the white and the stock was pretty rough but the barrel had a great bore. I was planning on making it into a "truck" gun and something for my wife and kids to shoot when they got older.
First thing I did was take a wood rasp to the stock and finished shaping it out and then sanded and finished with boiled linseed oil and a packmeyr slip on pad. Its not terribly pretty but its actually very handy. It does handle and blance remarkably like a winchester 94 lever gun. I also spray painted the barrel with some tan flat spray paint to keep it from rusting while I was working on it.
I checked all over town but the only guy who will turn a bolt down is andy hawk and since he doesn't do to many of these it gets pretty spendy with all his setup time. I really didn't want to put that much money into this project so I decided to just have a XS peep put on it instead of bending the bolt and drill & tap, figured that would be much cheaper. We ran into some trouble with the XS peep fitting, would need to do some milling on the reciever so I squashed that plan and was left holding this thing as is. With the cost skyrocketing on this rifle I ended up buying a rem 788 for my wife in 308 and threw this mauser in a corner, until now.
So here is where I'm at....... I don't really want to bury too much money into this thing, I'll probaby just use it as a loaner/truck rifle. Something cheap that I don't mind risking leaving in the trunk of the car. To bend the bolt down and drill & tap for scope is around $200, to have a custom scout mount made is also $200-$250. And that doesn't take into account blueing or finishing the barrel. Either way more than I wanted to drop into this rifle. I was going to end up investing much more than the gun would be worth.
I was just going to scrap the whole thing until I saw an add on ebay were a guy will put a new bent bolt handle on a mauser bolt for $35 bucks. Now this is more along the lines of what I was looking for. $35 bucks for the bolt, $35 to get drilled & tapped for scope mount, and a few dollars worth of black spray paint and I'm in under $100. This I could definately live with.
Now my big question is while its getting drilled & tapped should I get it reamed out to 30/06. The magazine will hold the 30/06, tight but fits, and the 30/06 would do much better with heavier bullets that I would perfer to use, 180-220. It shouldn't be too much to have it rechambered and might be well worth it. My big question now is how much better is a 30/06 than the 308 out of a 18" barrel. I figure either way it should out perform the 308 at any bullet weight even from the shorter barrel. What do you guys think about this plan. Should I just keep it at 308 or ream it out to 30/06? Is the 308 more efficient out of a short barrel? Any of you ever wind up with a project that ended up being more than you had originally planned?