Well, there has been much talk of the Mauser ’98 in these pages, but Mauser itself (which still makes a 98-style gun) has come up with an interesting new rifle (not to be confused with the old Model 1903 – an 1898 variant once built for the Turkish army). The ’03 (for 2003) is a new design aimed at those who buy Blasers, Sauers and similar. The finish is good. The gun is modern but has a classic look and feel to it. Barrels can be changed by means of two screws underneath locking into the barrel in a shortened receiver. There is a safety and cocking lever at the back of the bolt. The latter has six lugs in two rows of three and the bolt handle itself is longer than the norm and all the better for it. The muzzle is threaded for a sound moderator. Scope bases are neatly machined into
the receiver itself (and the engineering of this is excellent). In .243 and .308, the magazine’s capacity is five rounds (with the possibility of chambering a sixth). There is even the option of “Magna-Porting” the barrel to reduce muzzle jump. Call Open Seasons 01865 891773 or email Rupert@openseasonltd.com, or you can have a look at the Mauser website.