• $699 • .308 Win. • 6 lb. 10 oz. • 21.5-in. barrel
Will miracles never cease? I didn’t think I’d live to see the day when I could purchase a new Mauser that didn’t require taking out a second mortgage. And yet here we are. It is actually made in Germany—and yet carries a very attainable $699 price tag. The price is a function of the rifle’s simplicity. But that simplicity is also what makes the gun so appealing. It checks all the boxes a good hunting rifle needs to and it avoids unnecessary embellishment. The rifle has a three-lug bolt that glides back and forth smoothly with minimal wiggle and no binding. The slick action shined during the field drills—the test team was able to run the gun quickly from the shoulder while maintaining accurate fire. The bolt handle has a generous round knob, and the 3.25-pound trigger is right in the sweet spot for a hunting rifle. A button recessed into the stock releases the box magazine, which loads easily and sits flush with the stock. The synthetic stock has a matte finish and soft, textured inserts on the fore-end and grip. It’s cut in the American Classic style, and has an elegant air despite its economical construction. Mauser put a three-position safety on the rifle that keeps the bolt locked down when in the safe position. The rifle delivered excellent accuracy too, with a 5-shot-group average of .877 inch, including a .673-inch group with Federal’s 165-grain Nosler Accubond. Performance like that in a rifle that handles well would be a good value in a $1,200 rifle. For a $699 gun, it’s outstanding.