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    Default Identification of older bolt action rifle

    I recently acquired a bolt action rifle which has been passed down to me from a relative. It is a bit rough, but i think it is pretty neat that my grandfather (who i never had a chance to meet) and his father used to own it and now I do and really would love to gain some information on it. The scope mounts appear properly centered, but are aftermarket.

    I am somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to firearms; however, I am only 24 and more of a semi modern handgun guy and have limited knowledge on slightly older rifles. I am having trouble finding any information online regarding this rifle I acquired.

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    I was told it may be Japanese, but have not been able to find any asian marking on it. Only several digits that look s (serial number maybe?) shown on the barrel and on the underside infront of the trigger guard. Any searches online for that return only information on Arisaka rifles which this does not appear to be.

    Any information on this gun or even being pointed in the right direction would be much appreciated!!!
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    It's a 95 or 96 Mauser. But one thing it's not, is a Jap.

    Someone drilled and tapped it for those scope mounts and did a passable but rather pragmatic job of bending (or re-welding the bolt handle).


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    Also, you may consider spilling a little oil on it.

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    If you know what cartridge it is chambered for, it will help with the ID. There's probably some Mauser guys out there who can tell you what it is by looking at it. I'm not one of them.

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    M95 Spanish?? Small ring. 7x57 Mauser??

    Definitely not a Japanese Arisaka.
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    Now that the coffee has taken effect, I can see that it is not a 96. The workmanship is much to crude to be a 96. It is more likely a 95 Spanish Mauser as Popeye stated. If you take the front mount off (which will not detract from the value any and you are going to want to clean under and around it), carefully of course so you can put it back on with correct sized screwdriver, there will be some information there. Likely a crest with some Spanish words. If you can make them out through the rust and screw holes that would help more with the ID.

    Also as Popeye pointed out it is likely a 7x57 (7mm Mauser) chambering. Offhand I cannot think of another chambering for a 95 but I'm going to pour more coffee and it may unlock some other part of my brain.

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    Didn't Mauser stamp the caliber size on the rifle anywhere?

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    Not usually, or at all that I know of.

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    With the vent in the side of the reciever ring, it appears to be a 95 spanish mauser. Which would make it a 7x57

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