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Mitchell Mauser M48 8x57mm, $450

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GUN TESTS GRADE: A
Looking very much like a wartime Mauser 98K, the Mitchell Mauser M48 is not German, but Yugoslavian, made after WWII in the late 1940s and preserved unused since then. The stock is teak, which in this offering has similar density to that of walnut. We liked the way this one shot and felt with the mil-spec ammo.

Mitchell Mauser M48 8x57mm, $450

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Although it’s not pretty, the sliced-off bolt bottom allows easy operation of the bent bolt handle without the need to cut a hole into the side of the stock.
The stamped trigger guard had some sort of steel filler at front and back to add strength. We’d never seen this before. The guard and the floorplate looked mighty good, even though they weren’t milled parts.
The wing safety is time tried. The rifle retains the typical Mauser clip-loading and thumb slots, and the standard bolt release with integral ejector. Workmanship on this Mauser was quite good overall, we thought, and the stock shaping and finish were really well done. It’s an interesting piece.
The front “barleycorn” or inverted-V sight has a hood that cuts down glare. The cleaning rod screws in, and two of them are needed to clean the bore.

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