Every now and then we have a request for a special rifle project. Historically over 90% of the bolt action rifles we have built, have been done so based on one of the variations of the Mauser 98 action. There are 4 variations of the Oberndorf commercial Mauser action, the Kurtz (small), Intermediate, Standard and Magnum. For special projects it is always a consideration for us to use, if available, an original Oberndorf action. I am sure many will cringe at the thought of breaking up a really good example of an original Mauser rifle but my thoughts are that unless they are in very special condition they can have a better and new lease of life, if made into something new.
The 2 ‘Bibles’ for checking what you have before you break up a really rare example are shown above, together with an original Kurtz action Mauser, a rifle which is ‘currently under consideration’ for the new life process!
Any of you with an interest in English sporting rifles should consider adding these books to your library.