Mauser 98 vs Rem 700???

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Junglebird, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Junglebird

    Junglebird Active Member

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    I have found myself with a decision to make, and am asking for some help. I want a lightweight rifle (7lbs with scope). This rifle will not be dedicated to long range hunting. I would be tackling game up to elk size with it.

    I have a sporterized Mauser 98 chambered in 300 win mag sitting in the safe. This rifle weighs 8lbs 2oz without scope. If I go with this rifle I am leaning towards a Wildcat Composits stock and a rebarrel with a lighter contour. Replacing the trigger with a timney w/ safety, and new bolt shroud. I think this would get me under my weight restriction.

    Option B would be to build off a rem 700 short action chambering it in either 300 wsm or 7mm wsm. My options are plentiful this route for components.

    I am not looking for different options as far as calibers go. What I am wondering is does one action give me that much of an advantage over the other? Whichever option you think is best, what components would you recommend to shave weight? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    Can o worms just opened up lol.
     
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  3. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    I’ve built two custom rifles on Husqvarna H5000 HVA actions, 6.5-284 and a 280AI using
    Wildcat Stock
    Timney Trigger
    24” Benchmark #1 contour barrels
    With Talley’s and a VX3i 4.5-14x40 1” tube the 280AI is 7lbs 2.8oz

    The 6.5-284 is a cpl ounces heavier with the 30mm version of that scope

    I’ve also built 3x Rem 700 rifles with the same components and are almost identical in weight
     
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  4. Lee D

    Lee D Well-Known Member

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    Would personally go with a Lone Peak Ti action if I was going to build a purpose built lightweight long range hunter.
     
  5. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member

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    Something about a Mauser that’s just cool!!
    I would go with it, but the 700 is probably lighter.
     
  6. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    I love Mausers, especially FN Belgium made 98 actions. Even though I have two with one action waiting to be built I choose Rem M700 and some other newer actions. There's just so much more aftermarket support and options on components.
     
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  7. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member

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    Mauser... I like controlled feed
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    If I were wanting a rifle such as you describe, I would go with a stainless 700 SA (you can have it cerakoted a differing color if you prefer), have the bolt heavy spiral fluted, have it blueprinted, install a 26" 1:8 twist Proof Research carbon fiber barrel, and have it chambered for 7mm SS (Sherman Shortmag). TriggerTech or Timney trigger. Bed it all in a McMillan, Manners, or Stocky's carbon fiber stock. Use a BDL bottom metal. EGW HD 20MOA base. Seekins Precision rings. And whatever scope you want to put on it.

    This should get you the results you are looking for with your weight requirements.
     
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  9. Hatrick

    Hatrick Well-Known Member

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    Go with the 700 and sell me your 98 to pay for it.
     
  10. Junglebird

    Junglebird Active Member

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    Sorry, but I can’t sell it. I acquired it from a friend.
     
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  11. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    If you want easy to aquire replacement parts get the 700. If you don't want to need replacement parts use the Mauser.



    I can't help it, I had to...:D
     
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  12. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member

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    My best friend's dad brought a Mauser home from the war. We played with it using an old curtain rod as a ramrod! Well years later my buddy cleaned it up re-barreled it
    in 30-06 and bent the bolt a little and hunts with it to this day steel butt plate and all!
     
  13. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    My Husky 280AI with Wildcat Stock, now with a Zeiss scope
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  14. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    Husky HVA action, Benchmark #1 barrel 6.5-284 with Wildcat stock.

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    this one has a palm swell so very comfortable when shooting

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