I began with an old, rattly, rusty, rotten-stocked 1893 Mauser that was made in Oviedo, Spain in 1928. The barrel bore was not only oversized due to corrosion, it was incredibly rusted and skanky inside. Headspace was grossly oversized. Anything that didn't rattle was bent, badly rusted, or both. The only saving grace was that the bolt was in pretty good shape, and the action did operate well enough to fire.
It was an old military gun, and as much as I like to retain originality in such guns, this one was the perfect candidate for an overhaul. It had been cobbled together from old parts, and most of the serial numbers were mismatched. And, the price was right (free).
Although I used Evapo-Rust to clean up this rifle, the rust left pits in the receiver that are clearly visible in the photo above. I don't resent them; they bear witness to this gun's previous life. On the plus side, the laminated stock looks great and I love the few small orange highlights that emerged from it during stock finishing.
More of This Article
- Page 1: Left Side; Falling Short; the Journey
- Page 2: Beginnings, the Pits
- Page 3: Jeweled Bolt, Nice Lines, Engraving
- Page 4: Scope Mounts; Stock; Barrel
- Page 5: Stock Grip Design; Timney Trigger With Safety
- Page 6: First Shots; Handloads
- Page 7: Bedding the Rifle in the Stock
- Page 8: The Cerama-Coat Finish
- Page 9: The Bottom Side: Trigger Guard and Floor Plate
- Page 10: First Hunt, First Kill
- Page 11: Before and After, Conclusion
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 1: Before I Began Gunsmithing
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 2: Beginning The Work
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 3: More Gunsmithing Work
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 4: Modifying the Bolt Handle
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 5: Jeweling Bolt, Modifying Shroud
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 6: Shaping Trigger Guard, Finishing Chamber
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 7: Bedding Action, Fitting and Finishing Stock
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 8: Finishing the Metal Parts
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 9: Conclusion, Finished Rifle, Tools and Materials