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No dis­cus­sion of great mod­ern guns is com­plete with­out a men­tion of Peter Paul Mauser’s M98—the Ger­man con­trolled-feed ri­fle that be­came a stan­dard mil­i­tary re­peater the world over at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury.

The Mauser uti­lized a large, heavy-duty claw ex­trac­tor that took a mas­sive bite on the rim of the ri­fle car­tridge and held and con­trolled the round through­out feed­ing, ex­trac­tion and ejec­tion. Many hunters have touted the de­sign as the most-re­li­able bolt ac­tion, and a gen­er­a­tion of African pro­fes­sional hunters will carry noth­ing else.

The Mauser de­sign can be seen to­day in a num­ber of other ri­fles with full-length ex­trac­tors (such as the Winch­ester Model 70, Kim­ber 84, CZ 550, Ruger M77 Hawk­eye, Mon­tana Ri­fle Com­pany 1999 and oth­ers). And while all th­ese de­signs have up­dated the orig­i­nal de­sign, in some ways, the blue­print is much the same. Why? Be­cause it works so well.

Now, Mauser is ship­ping its own M98s to this coun­try once again, and while they are costly, they are still as ef­fec­tive as they were a cen­tury ago.

Peter Paul Mauser’s orig­i­nal de­sign used a full-length claw ex­trac­tor that held the case of a car­tridge and of­fered what we now call “con­trolled round feed­ing.” The 98 is one of the most com­monly sporter­ized and copied ri­fles of all time.

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