Make: Waffenfabrik Steyr, Austria
Model: Customized Mexican Model 1912 Mauser
Serial Number: A3763
Year of Manufacture: 1912. It is not known when the rifle was customized.
Caliber: .358 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action with Fixed Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “358 WIN”. The left side of the chamber ring is marked with a shield, a circled dot with a line through it and “A3763”. The left side of the receiver is marked “Waffenfabrik Steyr / Austria”. The bolt release is marked with an arrow head. The top of the chamber ring is covered by a scope mount, but we can make out that it is marked with a crest and “Mod___ _912” for Modelo 1912. The tang at the front of the magazine is marked with a circled “X” and “A3763”. The floorplate is marked with an Eagle over “37” and “9363”.
Barrel Length: The custom barrel is 26” in length.
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a black matte scope on a one piece mount. The objective is marked “SIMMONS 3-9X50 8 POINT FULLY COATED” and the body “800878 / CHINA”. The reticle is a full duplex. The outside of the scope shows light marks in front of the forward ring, marks on the adjustment screw caps and a small mark on the front of the power ring. The reticle is a full duplex. The lenses are clear and free of distortion. The power ring turns freely. The scope is in about Excellent condition. There is no provision for iron sights.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a black checkered synthetic with pistol grip, a vented brown rubber recoil pad marked “Uncle Mike’s” and sling swivel studs mounted at the butt and forend. The pistol grip has a black plastic cap marked “RAM-LINE” and with their logo. The stock has a textured finish and shows a sharp compression mark on the right side and with a few light mars in the finish. The butt shows grinding marks in the textured finish at the heel and toe where the recoil pad was shaped to fit the butt. The checkering is sharp and without flaws. The LOP measures 12 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, which is pliable and in Fine condition. The stock rates in about Very Good to Fine overall condition and would be rated higher except for the scratches at the heel and toe.
Type of Finish: The metal parts have a matte black blued finish.
Finish Originality: The metal parts have been refinished and the barrel is not original to this rifle.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling shows light wear. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its current metal finish. The barrel shows light handling marks on the front foot. There are also light scratches on the top of the barrel under the front of the scope and the right side of the chamber ring. There is pitting under the finish on the left side of the receiver along the top of the stock, on the right front corner of the chamber ring, on the right rear of the receiver at the stock and on the magazine floorplate. There are light marks on the top edge of the bolt release and scratches and the top rear of the receiver is disfigured under the finish from material removed by grinding. The magazine floorplate shows light handling marks and the trigger guard shows handling marks on the edges. The screw heads are disfigured and the screw at the front of the magazine tang may not be serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The scope is provided and installed.
Our Assessment: The .358 Win. is a .35 caliber rifle cartridge based on a necked up .308 Win. created by Winchester in 1955. The relationship in performance between the .358 Win and the .35 Whelen is similar to that between the .308 Win and the .30-06 The .358 Win. It created a round more powerful than the .35 Remington and .348 Winchester. This rifle can be used with lighter .357 caliber pistol bullets for plinking and can be loaded with up to 250 grain bullets for animals up to the size of elk and moose. Its larger caliber is excellent in the woods where the heavier bullets do not deflect as easily. This customized rifle is built on a strong Mauser action which started its life out as a Mexican Model 1912 rifle, sold to Mexico, Chile and Columbia. It has comes with a light synthetic stock and 3x9 variable scope to make your next hunt a success.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred/sold in California.
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