MAUSER GEWEHR 98 (M98)
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.