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    9.3x62 Mauser Build

    Hello all,

    I decided I'm gonna have everyone hold me accountable on this build instead of just sharing the finished product. I'll make mistakes along the way but maybe someone else can learn from them too.

    I shared pictures of the stock already (attached here as well).

    The rifle I bought as the foundation should be here in a few days. It's a Husqvarna in 9.3x62. This gives me a great starting point since the barrel is labeled appropriately, the bolt handle is nice (as opposed to a straight military bolt or poorly done bend job), and there's a barrel mounted sling swivel and rear sight with leaves. This gives me a lot of what I want without investing extra dough.

    Of course I needed more tools. I bought a woodcarving vise and some cheap carving tools from Woodcraft for the inletting. This vise is AMAZING. I don't know how I lived without one.

    Thus far, for the rifle and stock I'm in the project for about $700. Tools cost money too but they're usable for more than just this project.

    The first thing I did was shave off the cheekpiece on this stock. I don't like them so I got rid of it. I'll post pictures of that tonight.

    The next step will be inletting for the action once the rifle arrives.






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    Go slow an remember if you bleed on the stock the rifle will shoot straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmppres View Post
    Go slow an remember if you bleed on the stock the rifle will shoot straight.
    Thanks for the tip! Haha

    Here's a quick picture with the cheekpiece removed. A coarse rasp then files make quick work of a job like this. And again, the vise is just fantastic.

    Next step is modifying the inletting guide screws to not have so much slop in the holes that are already drilled in the stock. I want more of snug sliding fit so I can be certain the action is going in the stock the same way after each inletting trial.
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    Very Germanicon -Austrian with the trap for extra cartridges, are you going to use a metal pistol grip cap ? Excellent choice of hunting cartridge too. I have
    done some stocks over the years, most difficult was a full birdseye maple two piece stock for a custom Ruger No 3 that I built. I did make a nice California
    walnut blank in a two piece stock for a Remington rolling block - after I bent the lower tang for a pistol grip. Still have a nice deluxe walnut blank.

    You have to take your time and if you get a little impatient just walk away from it - it will still be there when you return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Very Germanicon -Austrian with the trap for extra cartridges, are you going to use a metal pistol grip cap ?
    Yes, I will be. I got one in a lot of other items from the same auction.
    I purchased a new bottom metal today as well. Itís been modified with a hinged floorplate with a lever release. The triggerguard has been cut and replaced with a shotgun style guard.

    I guess thatís playing into the German feel as well. We may have stumbled on a theme!

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    double set triggers ?

    While double set Mauser type triggers would also be very Germanicon, I do not know if they are an asset on a 9,3x62mm. There are a lot of nice custom triggers around and even the factory trigger can be satisfactory

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    double set Mauser type triggers
    I contemplated that for a moment. I'm aiming for more of a "dangerous game" type rifle, though. Now, I won't ever actually use it that way since I don't hunt at all...but I feel like fumbling with two triggers would be a detriment with a wounded water buffalo charging you down.

    I'll probably put a Timney in it.

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    always looking for the best trigger (s)

    My photo shows a Ruger No 3 that has a heavy 308 Win barrel, stock is birdseye maple which I don't care to work with again. Had to drill both the butt stock screw hole and the fore-end 45 degree screw hole too. Trigger is the old Canjar single set trigger with the small trigger that pops out when set.

    Second is my breech seat 32-40 Win Hi Wall with original Winchester double set triggers
    which are just as good as Mauser if not better.

    Bottom is a Remington rolling block that I bent the lower tang, also made a nice trigger and sear for a really nice pull. Stock was California walnut blank which I did use my mill for inletting the tangs

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    My photo shows a Ruger No 3 that has a heavy 308 Win barre
    Understatement of the year!

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    Sleeving the Inletting Screws

    As mentioned, the inletting guide screws were a sloppy fit in the stock. I can't imagine inletting without putting the action into the stock the exact same way every time. In order to do this, the screws need to fit the stock snugly.

    First we have this massive gap:


    In the back it's not as bad but still there's enough slop to let the screw go in cockeyed:


    With the large gap in the front, I made a sleeve out of polypropylene to make up the difference:


    The back was close enough that I just used a layer of electrical tape. This can be replaced as needed if it wears out. This helped quite a bit with the alignment:



    Now I just have to wait for the rifle to get here. It should be here in just a few days once the seller passes it off to UPS.
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