Mauser m18 test. Mausers for the masses: The budget Mauser M18 (VIDEO)

Mauser 18

Mauser m18 test

The safety moves silently and the magazine locks up snugly with a barely audible click. Intitial 5 shot groups were good enough, roughly 1. With that bolt-handle closed, it's a finger flick from the trigger guard to open and begin the reload cycle. Being that it was one of the most popular categories of firearm in my old shop, we had a lot of different ones to offer. The rear action screw threads from the action tang throught the back of the trigger housing.

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Mauser M18 in .308 Winchester caliber

Mauser m18 test

However, removing the bolt is simple thanks to a large, easy-to-find lever located on the left rear portion of the receiver, and the bolt shroud offers an extra measure of safety. In a creative move, the Mauser logo panel on the bilateral buttstock doubles as a push-button release for the thick rubber butt pad. Such is the case for the M18, which is offered chambered in. The fact that they're leveraging decades of rifle-­making experience to build an economy rifle means they have a lot to offer that others cannot match at this price. The round bolt knob is oversized and easy to grasp, and the rear of the bolt shroud is enclosed with a cocking indicator with a red base that protrudes from an opening in the center of the bolt shroud when the Mauser is ready to fire. Some budget rifles come equipped with cheap mags that are finicky about the positioning of the cartridge in the box. The best I could achieve with consistency was 1.

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Mauser M18

Mauser m18 test

The bolt release on the left side of the receiver is tactile and easy to use. After proper lubrication, this went away and it slid back and forth with hardly any noise and no wobble. But a more accurate examination makes it clear that almost a century and a half in the design of guns represents a living and vital heritage. There are ample chamberings available for everything from predators to big game. However, because they are resistant to deformation and have a very slick surface, such magazines are easy to load and may outlast similar aluminum components. Yet the cases all fall into a small area and recovery, for those who want to devote themselves to reloading, is easy. Mauser liked the three-­lug action and realized the stellite insert had much more to offer than just great strength.

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Review: Mauser M18 Bolt

Mauser m18 test

Conclusion Few among us lifelong hunters and gun collectors have not developed a deep appreciation for a Mauser design bolt rifle. The muzzle is well protected. I liked the Hexalocks but Hope a Picatinnny rail is available for night vision mounting Its cylindrical profile carries twin studs on the underside with a recess for the recoil lug. I contacted Boyd's to ask if they plan on making a stock for these and they said they are always interested in new ideas and will consider it. In addition, the soft-grip panels and durable finish make this rifle excel in adverse conditions, another boon for hunters.

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What is the Mauser M18 in 243 like to shoot?

Mauser m18 test

The next major innovation for Mauser was the Model 2000 from 1968. It can be flicked open with the back of your fingers through its 60° arc, and remains straight out from the side of the rifle for what I consider the absolute best of bolt operation ergonomics in the business. The breech ring allows Mauser to use rigid tooling, making the finished product very precise. Mauser is wading into a segment of the rifle market that they haven't seen in 40 years. I've added a rubber comb raiser, adding 10mm with an elasticated wrap to hold spare ammunition. An adjustable trigger comes standard.

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American Hunter

Mauser m18 test

Safe gun handling is always down to you, and the catch here works in silence if you roll it rather than flick it off. Instead of two sets of lugs, there is one. Although rare back in 1968, Mauser's decision to move forward with hammer-­forged barrels was a bold move and the outcome was far from certain. By exploring new designs and manufacturing techniques for more than 60 years, Mauser has amassed vast rifle-­manufacturing knowledge that makes the new Model 18 M18 possible. Good as the M98 was and still is, it remains and always will remain an 1898 state-of-the-art mechanical tool. Considerably less expansive and lighter than the M03, it was a success and visually more like a 98. However, hammer-­forged barrels require large machines, as well as a large investment.

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American Rifleman

Mauser m18 test

All of that came from exploring alternative headspace techniques by way of the Gehmann action and combining them with the simplicity and strength of the Voere action, from which this M18 action draws great benefit. Considering this I carefully checked, but it did not happen to me; bolt operation with two fingers was smooth and I can only think that the Americans received and tested a pre-production rifle. At my age, the concentration for shooting in difficult conditions cannot be prolonged so long and the Match ammunition grouping had absorbed quite a bit of my resources. It seems a good guess that a Picatinny rail might be an option in the future, like the M12s, which is really the way to go!. Mauser licensed the Gehmann short action in 1965. I had initially expressed concern that the clip-in recoil pad would be lost during use, but this has never occurred so I will withdraw that critique.

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TFB Review: Mauser M18 in 6.5 Creedmoor

Mauser m18 test

Mauser wants this rifle to be a viable budget rifle, yet still have it retain what makes the M12 an accurate, robust hunting rifle. The group looked like it measured right at an inch, and the calipers placed it at 1. The rearmost position locks the bolt, the center position allows the bolt to be manipulated with the safety engaged, and the forwardmost position readies the gun to fire. The trigger housing is molded into the polymer stock, and the trigger itself is externally adjustable. It showed a bearded hunter with a basic looking rifle and a military-style pine box stamped with the Mauser logo; nice imagery. The reason hammer-­forged barrels are not known for great accuracy, is due to the manufacturing process inducing a lot of stress on the barrel.

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