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#5461102 - 12/06/14 10:24 AM FN Mauser 98
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I recently purchased a JC Higgins Model 51. It has a FN made in Belgium stamped on the left side of the action. A little research on the web shows it to be a FN Mauser 98 large ring action made 1950-55. I appears to be all original except butt plate. Do you know of any problems with these? Heard May need trigger replaced. Any danger in using reloaded ammo?

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#5461114 - 12/06/14 10:36 AM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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You have a real jem of a rifle. I have one and it is very accurate. Does exceptionally well with both factory and reloaded ammo. I have not had any issues with the trigger but you can certainly replace the trigger with a Tinmey, Bold or other trigger. What caliber is it. Mine is .270.
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#5461123 - 12/06/14 10:42 AM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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That's a quality rifle. The only reason to change the trigger is to lighten it, if you wish.
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#5461160 - 12/06/14 11:03 AM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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Mine is a 30-06 and has an old lyman 4x all american scope with redfield dove mount.

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#5461168 - 12/06/14 11:08 AM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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I was thinking about replacing the stock but the I look at it it's in pretty good shape, has some nice checkering and wood. It only needs the butt plate replaced as some one replaced it with a padded one that does fit the stock.

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#5462586 - 12/07/14 10:42 AM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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This isn't a gun to put a tacticool synthetic stock on...keep that to the modern guns! Heck I would trade you a rem 700 barrelled action if that's the route you are thinking.

The factory trigger can be worked over to lighten. As far as I am concerned the Mauser and it's variants are cream of the crop. No danger in shooting modern ammo.


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#5463470 - 12/07/14 05:41 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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As long as the condition of the rifle is good, there's nothing to worry about. 98 actions are some of the strongest actions made. FN made some of the best Mausers ever; to Mauser Oberndorf, CZ, Zastava, and Husqvarna are all great as well.
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#5463507 - 12/07/14 05:59 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: TDK]
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Originally Posted By: TDK
This isn't a gun to put a tacticool synthetic stock on...keep that to the modern guns! Heck I would trade you a rem 700 barrelled action if that's the route you are thinking.

The factory trigger can be worked over to lighten. As far as I am concerned the Mauser and it's variants are cream of the crop. No danger in shooting modern ammo.


Aren't they the strongest action ever made?
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#5463518 - 12/07/14 06:04 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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I agree TDK, I think I'll try to find a butt plate that's close to original and leave it as is.

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#5463537 - 12/07/14 06:13 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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Its a great action.

I don't know about the triggers on these older guns but the ones I've messed with came with adjustable triggers. The one on a 798 I had wasn't great, but acceptable. I have an Interarms Mark X that adjusts beautifully. I guess it may be hit and miss.
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#5464191 - 12/07/14 09:14 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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I have a commercial FN in 30-06. It's a well built rifle that shoots as accurate as any sporter rifle I've ever seen. Mine wears a Timney trigger and breaks at 2lbs.
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#5464372 - 12/07/14 10:56 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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I have a J.C Higgins (commercial FN Mauser) in .270 Win. Got an adjustable Bold trigger in it, very accurate and dependable rifle.
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#5465889 - 12/08/14 07:05 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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I put a Timney trigger on mine.

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#5465994 - 12/08/14 07:54 PM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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How's the timney compared to the original trigger.

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#5466540 - 12/09/14 07:07 AM Re: FN Mauser 98 [Re: jlsbassman]
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Night and days ahead of the factory trigger. You have options depending on model to use a safety on the shroud or next to the trigger.
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