The M96 is a [censored]-on-close design. There is a covnersion that can be dome. My dad has two custom rifles built on M96 actiions htat have been converted to [censored]-on-open. If that gunsmith says it can't be done he's one of two things: 1. lazy 2. Incompetent with Mauser actions I'd take it somewhere else.
Fightin Texas Aggie Class of 2009