German Single Shot Stalking Rifle, 8.15x46R, 1936
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German Stalking Rifle, Single Shot, 8.15x46R, 10/1936, Weaver V7-1 Variable Scope, Excellent Condition

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Up for bid is a German Single shot break open stalking rifle in what I believe to be caliber 8.15x46. The proof marks under the barrel are marked 7.6mm x 46. The proof load is BL.G. Over 11 gr. The date mark is 10/36. The octagonal barrel length is 25 1/2" and the length of pull is 14 7/8" to a horn butt plate with engraved screws.

This gun has a cocking indicator and double-set triggers, and a sliding safety. The safe position is forward rather than back. There is no maker's name, but the wood is of high quality, and the checkering and engraving is very nice. This beautiful and carefully German crafted rifle has integral dovetail prism mount bases that fit standard German 11mm prism mounts, which were universally used on Mauser and Walther 22 rifles. This gun has a sturdy and tight action.

This rifle comes with a rare caliber, 8.15x46R, and a box of 20 rounds of 8x46R is included with the purchase. The following sheds some light on the evolution of the 8.15x46 caliber. A great number of military rifles derived from the M98 design. Some of these were German-made by various contractors apart from Mauser, and include the M1899 Serbian in 7x57 mm, M1902 Mexican in 7x57 mm, M1903 Turkish in 7.65x53 mm, M1904 Portuguese 'Mauser-Vergueiro' 6.5x58mm, M1909 Argentinian in 7.65x53 mm, Japanese Arisaka Type 38 and Type 99 in 6.5x50mm and 7.7x58mm, and numerous others.

Following the collapse of the German Empire in the WW1, many countries that were using Mauser models chose to develop, assemble, or modify their own G98-action rifle designs. The most prolific were the Czechoslovakian M1922 CZ 98 and M1924 CZ vz.24, as well as the Belgian Fabrique Nationale M1924 and M1930, all in 7.92x57 mm.

The Belgians and Czechs produced and exported widely their "Mausers" in various calibers throughout the 20s and 30s, before their production facilities were absorbed by the conquering Nazi Germany and used to produce parts or whole rifles for the German army. Strictly speaking these are not Mauser rifles, as they were not engineered or produced by the Germans. It is a common misconception that the Czech and Belgian “Mausers” are copies of the K98k due to their superficial similarity in length. In reality these were developed at least 10 years earlier and as they were peace-time products, they are renowned for their high standards of engineering and manufacture.

Meanwhile in Germany, in order to use the widespread and popular German single-shot target (and light hunting) cartridge 8.15x46R (comparable to the US-American .32-40), a modified Gewehr 98 was designed in 8.15x46R and referred to as a "Wehrmannsgewehr," indicating civilian shooters' pre-military training usage. These were made primarily as single shots, though some only had a wood block in the magazine space to accomplish that. These became the 1936 Olympic team rifles for the Germans.

The nice scope is a steel tube Weaver V7-1 variable scope 2.5 - 7 with quick detachable mounts. It comes with very nice leather scope lens covers connected with leather strap. Optics are clear. Special Note: This rifle retains its original iron sights and has a matted barrel top – should you want to remove the scope and shoot it “the old-fashioned way”!!!

Additional $55.00 Shipping is to pay for fully insured (insurance is a big part of the cost) FedEx Ground shipping to all states except California, Alaska, Maryland, New Jersey, and Hawaii. In those states add $30. Shipping will be fully insured, and packaged securely to protect your investment. Good luck bidding!

This rifle was checked out by a gunsmith just before this listing. The rifle gives all appearances of functioning properly and safely. The break open and lock-up appear to function as designed. The lock-up is very tight (which is good). Also the head space is very tight (also good). The slide safety on the tang functions as designed. The chamber and barrel rifling are in good shape, with the small amount of rust removed by the gunsmith in the recent inspection. The rear trigger appears to have been disabled, and the front trigger fires the rifle. The front trigger is very light, so once the safety is released, care is recommended to avoid inadvertent firing.

This is a very nice and attractive German stalking rifle with a nice scope that has clear optics. It's amazingly light, even with the scope. Take off the scope and use the iron sights for an even lighter stalking experience! The wood is simply gorgeous. The metal is in excellent shape with very few handling/wear blemishes. See all the detailed photos including those showing German proof marks. Included is the tasteful leather sling shown in the photos. Also included is a box of 20 rounds of 8.15x46R ammo purchased from Buffalo Arms Company (rare caliber provider), see the photo of the catalog order form from about eight years ago. If you intend to shoot this beauty a lot, the barrel might be a prime candidate for re-chambering to a more common caliber (but consider its 8.15x46 collectability first). Stalking rifle prices are out of sight, and this one represents a more affordable option than most. Good luck bidding on this beautiful rifle, and see my other auctions too!!

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German Stalking Rifle
Barrel Length
26 inch
Mfg Part Number
11.00 Pounds