There have probably been more Mausers customized into hunting rifles than any other type of rifle, and today’s Gunfight pits two sporterized Mausers against one another. In one corner, we have a Swedish Mauser carbine; in the other, a Peruvian Mauser. Their owners have turned them into deer rifles, complete with some fanciful decorative touches. Here they are:

Andrew’s Swedish Mauser


I am completely self-taught via trial and error, and this rifle is my first attempt at building myself a custom rifle. It’s based on a 6.5×55 Swedish Mauser carbine. It has a hand-checkered full-length stock to which I fitted a walnut butt plate. The bolt handle was bent, and I replaced the end with a piece of round walnut from the butt of the stock. I engraved and rust-blued the metal. The rifle is topped with a vintage Weaver K4 scope. The nosepiece is from a whitetail shed I found–added it as a personal touch. I thought it also emulated the shape of a Schnabel.

Lance’s Peruvian Mauser


I have an addiction called “Old Mausers.” Hell, my dog’s name is Mauser. This is a Peruvian Mauser in .275 Rigby, or call it 7×57 if you like. I found an old sporterized Mauser and had it rebarreled. Then I had a maple burl stock blank shaped and added an African wenge wood tip and cap to the stock. I carved the deer on the buttstock and the fish scale and leaves on the grip and forearm myself.​ This has been a very good all around deer rifle and shoots great with 154-grain Hornady SSTs and a Burris 3x-9x on top. I hope folks still appreciate the old rifles and calibers.

My guess is a lot of you will appreciate these two old rifles and calibers. I expect this to be a good fight between two really cool project rifles. Vote and comment below. Send your gun pictures to, and keep them coming so we can have more fights like this one.