Mauser Type B Sporting Rifle in .264 Winchester Magnum

Sometimes we come across a rifle that immediately challenges our thinking of what works and what doesn’t, a rifle that is an enigma to us. And that was my reaction to this Mauser Type B sporting rifle when I first saw the advertisement. The rifle has a 21″ barrel, and yet it is chambered for the .264 Winchester Magnum, and if ever a cartridge needed a 25″ or 26″ barrel the .264 Magnum is it, it’s a slow burning powder consuming overbore magnum that uses every inch of barrel to accelerate that bullet just as fast as it can make it go.

This rifle is drilled and tapped for rifle-scope mounts, but still has the original Mauser 98 flag safety, so a rifle-scope will need to be mounted high enough to clear it. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

This rifle is drilled and tapped for rifle-scope mounts, but still has the original Mauser 98 flag safety, so a rifle-scope will need to be mounted high enough to clear it. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

A 21″ barrel on a .264 Winchester Magnum ensures it will not achieve factory ballistics, and that it will be a bit of an ear buster also. The description of the rifle raises another set of questions however; it is listed as a “Pre WWII, build by Mauser” yet the .264 Winchester Magnum did not appear until 1959. So the rifle itself was built before the Second World War, but not in .264 Winchester Magnum, it may have been re-chambered from a European 6.5mm such as the 6.5x57mm or it may have been re-barreled.

The Mauser action is a nice quality pre-war commercial one with standard European double set triggers and a lever actuated opening floor plate. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

The Mauser action is a nice quality pre-war commercial one with standard European double set triggers and a lever actuated opening floor plate. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

Our enigmatic rifle is a very nice quality piece however with it’s commercial grade Mauser action, traditional European double set triggers, and lever operated floor plate. It’s a rifle that could be used and enjoyed as is, or it would form the base for a nice custom rifle.

This Mauser is fitted with an interesting twin leaf rear sight. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

This Mauser is fitted with an interesting twin leaf rear sight. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

The open sights fitted to this rifle comprise an unusual twin leaf rear sight and a conventional bead front sight on a hooded ramp.

The front sling eye is mounted on a barrel band and should be very reliable. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

The front sling swivel is mounted on a barrel band and should be very reliable. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

The front sling swivel is mounted on a barrel band and will be very strong, but will also preclude floating of the barrel.

Left side view of the Mauser action showing the stripper clip thumb recess. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

Left side view of the Mauser action showing the stripper clip thumb recess. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

So if you are in the market for a short barreled Mauser in .264 Winchester Magnum this is a rifle that might just work for you. It is an interesting piece which seems to break a few of the rules of what a .264 Winchester Magnum should be like, yet it may well prove to do that successfully. It could be a great rifle in the deer woods and also could be a lot of rifle in a short light package capable of long range shots quite possibly out to 400 yards depending on how it groups. I would tend to work up loads based on the Sierra 140grain SPBT for this rifle. Even with the shorter barrel I would expect it to be a more rather more capable gun than a .270 Winchester.

General condition of wood and blued steel looks good in photos. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

General condition of wood and blued steel looks good in photos. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

This rifle is currently for sale at Cabela’s. You will find the sale page if you click here.

Quality of the walnut is nice, deep without being over figured. (Picture courtesy Cabela's).

Quality of the walnut is nice, deep without being over figured. (Picture courtesy Cabela’s).

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