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    Default Custom Mauser by J. Semmel

    I got lucky last weekend at a gun show in Mesa and picked up this beautiful custom rifle in 6.5-06 for a ridiculously cheap $500, including the dies. It's on what appears to be a military K98 action, with the stripper clip guide and thumb cut. The only markings are the caliber and "J.Semmel" on the barrel shank, the serial number (which ends in Z) on the left side of the receiver ring, and a Z in a circle on the right (visible in the second photo). Stock appears to be some kind of fruitwood - maybe cherry or pear. The forend tip and grip cap are some kind of reddish-brown burl. The trigger is perfect and weight without a scope is 7 pounds 10 ounces.

    Does anyone know anything about J. Semmel, gunmaker? From the style of the gun I am guessing he is/was German, Austrian, or maybe Czech. I Googled around and all I could find were a couple of photos of custom rifles in similar style. Also, what about the origin of the action? The Z in a circle is similar, but not identical, to CZ marks I've seen in books. I'm guessing CZ or Zastava, but that's just a guess.

    Here are a couple of pictures.

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    No idea on the maker, except I'm pretty sure it was custom built here and not in Europe.
    Appears to be very nicely done and in a useful caliber. Get out and shoot it.

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    Could the "Z" in the circle be a "2" in a circle? Might be Polish...?


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    Wow, nice rifle at a great price. I can't help you with provenance, but I would love to see a range report.

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    The range report will be a while in coming. I currently have my reloading gear packed away and I don't have time to get set up and load for this rifle. I also need to get some brass - hopefully headstamped brass; failing that, some .25-06 that I can stretch the neck a bit. There is some brass made in "6.5-06 A-Square," which as I understand it is simply a standardized version of the caliber. Unfortunately it's out of stock at the moment. It's also very expensive, but you don't need all that much.

    I am mounting a Leupold 3.5x-10x Vari-X III that was stashed away in a box in my workshop. Seemed like the best choice of the scopes available to me.

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