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Pre-war Mauser.

Q: I have a beautiful pre-WWII custom Mauser sporting rifle with double-set triggers in 8x57J (.318"-diameter bullet). It's one of several firearms my father was able to send home after acquiring them during his 94th Cavalry combat role in France and Germany.

The rifle is equipped with claw-style scope bases permanently attached to the rifle. The forward base accepts the double-hooked claw directly when angled into place while the taller rear base has a sliding, spring-loaded retainer which accepts the rear double claw straight into the slots and then locks the claws down.

Short of a custom machine shop or gunmaker is there anyone you know of who sells a modern-style set of detachable scope rings with a claw-style mounting base? I realize the rifle's original scope attachments were hand fitted and permanently attached to the one matching scope, but I do believe if I had a set of claw bases that made for a level base, then I could adapt the rest.

Alan West

Cairo, Neb.

A: It's going to be expensive, however you look at it. If you decide to take the plunge, it would likely add to the value of the gun if you could secure a period scope. Second best would be to use a modern German or Austrian scope for it in new claw rings.

The claw rings and mounts are still made and imported by New England Custom Gun Service. You'll need to have them fitted by a good gunsmith or send the gun to NEGC for fitting. The firm can give you a quote on the cost and can fit EAW Claw Mounts to most modern guns, too.

In case you were wondering, the J-bore .318" bullets are available from Huntington Die Specialties.


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Title Annotation:Questions & Answers
Author:John, Jeff
Publication:Guns Magazine
Date:May 22, 2012
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