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German Mauser sporting rifles

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Some folks out there may not know this. But during the few times when Germany was not picking a fight with the rest of the world.
Mauser was into making civilian sporting rifles. Which were fairly popular in the Former German Colonies in Africa.
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Some being chambered in the 9.3x62mm. Which is comparable to the 375 H&H.  But also in the more common 8×57. Which is no slouch of a round either for mid size game.


The 9.3×62mm cartridge.
Type Rifle
Place of origin  Germany
Production history
Designer Otto Bock
Designed 1905
Produced 1905–present
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter 9.30 mm (0.366 in)
Neck diameter 9.91 mm (0.390 in)
Shoulder diameter 11.43 mm (0.450 in)
Base diameter 12.10 mm (0.476 in)
Rim diameter 11.93 mm (0.470 in)
Rim thickness 1.30 mm (0.051 in)
Case length 62.00 mm (2.441 in)
Overall length 83.60 mm (3.291 in)
Rifling twist 350 mm (1-14″)
Primer type Large rifle
Maximum pressure 390.00 MPa (56,565 psi)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
15.0 g (231 gr) Oryx 800.0 m/s (2,625 ft/s) 4,810 J (3,550 ft·lbf)
16.2 g (250 gr) SP 780.0 m/s (2,559 ft/s) 4,928 J (3,635 ft·lbf)
18.5 g (285 gr) SP 720.0 m/s (2,362 ft/s) 4,803 J (3,543 ft·lbf)
19.0 g (293 gr) SP 740.0 m/s (2,428 ft/s) 5,209 J (3,842 ft·lbf)
Test barrel length: 600 mm (24 in)

1888 pattern M/88 (left) parent cartridge alongside the 1903 pattern 7.92×57mm Mauser S Patrone.

But once in awhile you will see one here in the USA. I have seen a couple of them over the years. But have not fired one yet.
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One of the things that you will notice about the ones that have a scope on them. Is that they use a “claw scope mount”.
I have  also been told that if you have one of these. Whatever you do. Do not lose it it! As each one is a hand built tool. That will never fit or work with another.
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In closing, as you can see below. Mauser is back in the market with this.

The latest version M-12. I have seen & handled one but the price is stopping me for now!

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