Mauser 98 7mm Rem Mag by Roy Vail Douglass Barrel
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Mauser 98 7 mm Rem Mag by Roy Vail Douglass Barrel.

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 7 mm Remington Magnum rifle was built by Noted Gunsmith and Custom Rifle Maker Roy Vail. This rifle features an extremely rare left-handed Mauser Model 1898 action (functions perfectly), 22" tapered Douglass barrel, French style stock, beautiful checkering with numerous French Fleur-de-Lis (a stylized lily composed of three petals bound together near their bases, especially known from the former royal arms of France) accents, oval shaped real gold identifier plate embedded in the stock with an ornate “H” engraved in the gold (could this be a “Hasbrough” rifle…see auction number 583838864), Lawrence leather sling model 3B, ornately engraved bolt and pistol grip cap, era-perfect Pachmayer recoil pad, beautifully-grained ebony fore-end tip, wood Ram and Grizzly Bear color-dyed inlaid images on either side of butt stock, Weaver-style scope mount bases (no rings), Vail serial number 204, ROY VAIL block letter signature on top of barrel, original Roy Vail hang tag as it came out of Vail’s shop, back of hand tag with test target grouping at time of custom assembly, not excellent but still good condition (this appears to have actually been used to hunt…wow what stories could it tell if it could talk!!)…..Good Grief can you believe 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 "204." 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?) Is this very rifle one of the Mauser 98 lefty conversions by Vail? It appears to be. Regardless, any left-handed Mauser 98 is extraordinarily rare. 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. Please note: The original hang tag is signed by Roy Vail at the bottom, dated October 28, 1965. Compare the hang tag signature with the Army back-of-photo signature….matches!!

The 7mm Remington Magnum rifle cartridge was introduced as a commercially available round in 1962. It is a member of the belted magnum family that is directly derived from the venerable .375 H&H Magnum. The original purpose of the belted magnum concept taken from the .300 H&H and .375 H&H, was to provide precise headspace control, since the sloping shoulders, while easing cartridge extraction, were unsuitable for this purpose. Improved cartridge extraction reliability is desirable while hunting dangerous game, which would be of concern when needing a fast follow up shot. The 7mm Rem is based on the commercial Winchester .264 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag, and .458 Win Mag, which were based on the same belted .300 H&H and .375 H&H cases, trimmed to nearly the same length as the .270 Weatherby Magnum. On its introduction, the 7mm Rem. Mag. substantially usurped the market share held by the .264 Winchester Magnum, which went into sharp decline in popularity and sales after 1962.

The 7mm Remington Magnum offers ballistics better than the .30-06 Springfield with bullet weights of 175 grains and less, one of the more popular loads being a 160 grain spitzer loaded to 3,000 ft/s. This is due both to the higher muzzle velocity of the magnum compared to the Springfield and that .284 diameter bullets tend to have better ballistic coefficients than .308 diameter bullets of comparable mass. It is arguable that the 7 mm Remington Magnum offers marginally better ballistics with 175 grain bullets, the heaviest bullet commonly used in the caliber.

Because of its flat shooting nature and the relatively tolerable recoil, the 7mm Remington Magnum is especially popular for Western plains use in the United States, as well as for use on plains game in Africa. It has also been chambered in sniper rifles as the US Secret Service counter-sniper team has deployed this cartridge in urban areas. Popular online gun author Chuck Hawks calls the 7mm Remington "one of the great all-around rifle cartridges."

Douglass Barrels, Inc. (Motto: “Precision Barrels for Over 50 Years”) is still in business today in Charleston, West Virginia. Their Company Creed is: “To provide highly accurate rifle barrels at an affordable price. To inspect our products with the finest measuring devices through every step of our manufacturing process. To refine and perfect our product by continuous testing and research. To conduct our business with thousands upon thousands of customers throughout the world in such a manner as to ensure continued patronage." This company has been highly respected for many years in providing finely manufactured and tuned barrels for the discerning rifle maker and hunter. (If “perfectionist” Vail patronized them, they must have been very good at their craft indeed.)

Additional Notes: Item is used, but in 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 bluing handling/use marks, which are tolerable 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 $100.00 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 $50. 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 honest wear that you will treasure forever. Display it in your gunroom and use it to hunt all but the largest of North American game – 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 equally famous 7 mm Remington Magnum 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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7mm Rem. Mag.
Barrel Length
22 inch
Mfg Part Number
12.00 Pounds