Mauser 98 257 Roberts Spoon Handle by Roy Vail
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Location Houston, TX 77065
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Small Ring Mauser 98 257 Roberts by Roy Vail Awesome!

Layaway 25% down and 15% per month until paid in full. If Buyer is in good standing during the layaway period, Seller will refund half of all payments made at any time if Buyer changes mind. Or suggest layaway terms to better suit your needs.

This Custom Mauser Model 98 .257 Roberts rifle was built by Noted Gunsmith and Custom Rifle Maker Roy Vail. This rifle features a 23" tapered barrel, nicely engraved deer game scene on magazine floor plate, scrolled engraving throughout action/bolt/spoon-style bolt handle, beautiful wood checkering, rectangular shaped real gold identifier plate embedded in the stock with an ornate initials “JG” engraved in the gold, nice military-style leather sling, checkered Neidler steel butt plate and grip cap, beautifully-grained ebony fore-end tip made of horn, drilled and tapped for scope (holes are filled with proper screws), Vail serial number 121, ROY VAIL block letter signature on top of barrel, not excellent but still very good condition (this appears to have actually been used to hunt…wow what stories could it tell if it could talk!!). The classic Neidner-style, checkered steel butt plates and grip caps give a secure, no-slip surface, plus that touch of traditional elegance. Curved butt plate with pointed heel tip is functional and comfortable. Single-screw grip cap is smooth on the outside edge with raised, checkered oval in the center. Good Grief can you believe all this!!!!!

Roy Vail was one of the most famous US Gunsmiths of the 1930s through the 1970s. One of many of Vail’s claims to fame was being selected by West Point to refurbish George Washington’s ivory and pearl studded matching pistols, now on display at the West Point Museum. Vail also made several guns for General/President Ike Eisenhower and other period dignitaries, including Warren Page (see auction number 582810096) and General Sherman Hasbrough (see auction number 583838864).

One of the photos in this auction shows Roy Vail on the cover of the February 1950 edition of American Rifleman Magazine. He smithed some 200 rifles and 150 shotguns in his illustrative career, each having that flair of design and workmanship that makes it distinctively, “a Vail.” The serial number on this rifle is "121." Vail is also known for converting right hand Mauser 98s to left hand versions – a monumental amount of gunsmithing effort and craftsmanship – of special significance to “lefties” since Mauser never factory manufactured left-handed 98s. (I am told this but have not confirmed. Is this correct?) One of the photos provided in this auction is Vail in the Army. The reverse of the photo has his autograph. A copy of this photo will be provided with the rifle.

The .257 Roberts is a medium-powered .25 caliber cartridge. It has been described as the best compromise between the low recoil and flat trajectory of smaller calibers such as the .22 and 6mm, and the strong energy but not the strong recoil of larger popular hunting calibers, such as the 7mm family and the popular .30-06.

Many cartridge designers in the 1920s were creating various .25 caliber cartridges. Because of its size, the 7×57mm Mauser case was a common choice, having near the ideal volume capacity for the "quarter-bore" (called this because the .25 caliber is one quarter of an inch) using powders available at that time. Ned Roberts is usually credited with being the designer for this cartridge idea. Eventually in 1934 Remington Arms chose to introduce their own commercial version of such a cartridge, and although it wasn't the exact dimensions of the wildcat made by Roberts, they called it the .257 Roberts.

From its introduction until the appearance of more popular 6 mm cartridges such as .243 Winchester and 6mm Remington, it was a very popular general purpose cartridge. Today it lives on with bolt-action rifles being available from some major manufacturers. With light bullets the .257 produces little recoil and has a flat trajectory suitable for varmint hunting. With heavier bullets it is capable of taking all but the largest North American game animals. The original factory load for this is very similar to the .250-3000 Savage.

Additional Notes: Item is used, but in amazingly good condition -- see the photographs. Mechanically this rifle’s action appears to function perfectly (but has not been test fired). Numerous photographs are included to show the metal and wood handling/use marks, which are quite light considering this rifle’s age. Included with the rifle is an expensive protective “Guide Series Three Forks” leather case for protection during shipping and during rifle use. The fine leather is that soft, supple leather that “talks to you” when you pick it up by the handle. It’s a fine gun case for a fine rifle, for sure!!! They go together very well!! See added photos.

Additional $75.00 Shipping is to pay for fully insured (insurance is a big part of the cost) FedEx shipping to all states except California, Alaska, and Hawaii. In those states add $35. Shipping will be fully insured, and packaged securely to protect your investment. More photos to you by email upon request. Good luck bidding! Please call me, Mike Jackson, phone 346-666-4372 cell “24/7,” if you have any questions.

This is a very fine old custom rifle with gentle wear that you will treasure forever. Display it in your gunroom and use it to hunt all but the largest of North American game (with available heavier bullets). What a discussion piece it will be at home and in the field hunting!!! It’s the classical, famous, always reliable Mauser 98 action. It’s the still very coveted .257 Roberts caliber. It was beautifully customized by one of America’s truly great gunsmiths, Roy Vail. WOW what a package!!! Get your bids in early and often!! (I have several era-correct scopes in good condition that I will allow you to pick from and will include in the rifle package if BUY NOW is used.)

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.257 Roberts
Barrel Length
23 inch
Mfg Part Number
12.00 Pounds