The Schueler Mausers

In the field of large caliber high priced sporting rifles, the Mauser action has been adapted very widely. Perhaps the finest of these adaptations is that by Schueler at Suhl, Germany. Most of these rifles, like the genuine Waffenfabrik Mausers, have magazines containing 5-cartridges. Barrels may be partly octagon and partly round.

1. Type I has a 24-inch barrel with malted top rib. A tangent curve sight can be regulated up to 1000 meters. Other types of rear sights are used however. These rifles were manufactured for the following calibers; 6.5 x 54 mm (.256), 7 x 57 mm (.276), 8 x 57 mm (.315) and 9 x 57 mm (.355).

Other calibers in which some models of this rifle were manufactured are: 9.3 x 62 mm (.360) and 10.75 x 68 mm (.423). *

Schueler Magnum 500. Muzzle velocity 2460 fs. Striking energy 7230 ft. lbs. This is a typical Mauser-modified magnum action.

Projecting hinged box magazines are used where very large calibers make a standard box magazine impracticable. Generally, however, in design, Short, Standard and Magnum actions differ onlv in size. "Square" receiver bridges do not affect design. Receiver sizes are varied a5 required by cartridge dimensions.

2. Another rifle of this same design but of simpler finish with a round barrel was also made for the above cartridges. Special rifles in these types were chambered for .250-3000 Savage, .280 Ross, .30-06 U. S., .318 W. R., .404 British Eley, and for special German high power cartridges such as the 8 x 60 mm (.315) Magnum, and 9.3 x 62 mm (.366) Magnum.

3. Special "Schueler Magnum" rifles on the Mauser action were made in several types. One type with set trigger had a stock extending to the muzzle, while another had the customary sporting half-length fore-stock.

These rifles were manufactured for the following cartridges: 7x64 mm (.275) and 8 x 64 mm (315) (7 x 64 is a special Magnum).

The "Schueler Magnum" magazine held only four cartridges, but a fifth could be inserted directly in the chamber. These rifles were made for the 11.2 x 72 mm (.441) Schueler cartridge, usually with set triggers. A modification of this rifle for elephant and rhino hunting, still more heavily built than the other, used the .500 Schueler cartridge. This cartridge had a muzzle velocity of 2460 feet per second with a striking energy of 7230 foot pounds. It is one of the most powerful rifles ever designed. The magazine extends below the bottom of the stock and has a lever release. This rifle was made with single trigger, and was designed for African and Indian big game shooting.

Schilling, Haenel and other manufacturers at Suhl made fair to good imitations of the genuine Mauser. Practically all of these were for standard German cartridges. Simson built fine rifles.

In England, Rigby made rifles on Mauser actions in calibers .275 High Velocity, .350 Magnum, .416 Big Game. These rifles retailed in the United States from $250 to about $400.00.

The British Jeffery rifles are also of Mauser pattern and use a series of special British cartridges including the .333 JefTery, .375 Magnum, .400 Jeffery, .404 Jeffery, .450 No. 2, .475 No. 2, .500 Rimless, 577-3 inch, and .600.

These Jeffery's, are rifles of first line workmanship and quality and sold in the United States from $350.00 to $400.00 or more.

Other fine British manufacturers of rifles on the Mauser system, are Westley Richards (whose most famous model is the .425 W.R.) and Holland & Holland. H. & H. are particularly known for their .375

170 Mauser Rifles and Pistols cartridge, and also for their .24 Apex. These rifles sell in the class of $275.00 and up. Vickers rifles are commonly .242 or .318.

Other Mauser Rifles

During World War I, the Germans manufactured a drill rifle having a cast receiver and a pipe barrel. There were no wording parts in this model, which was intended strictly for instruction purposes.

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The German antitank rifle model 1918. Photo from the Mauser records

The German Anti Tank Rifle, Model 1918, was made at Oberndorf, in caliber 13 mm. It weighed 30 pounds, was 5.5-feet long, and was fired from a bipod. In its day it was a deadly and efficient weapon, capable of long range precision shooting. The cartridge it employed closely resembled the later developed famous United States .50 caliber Browning cartridge used in World War II.

In World War II Mauser designed and manufactured a limited number of semiauto gas-operated rifles known as 41-M. Gas expanding in a muzzle cone was trapped and some diverted to drive back a piston to unlock and function the action. This rifle was clip loaded. Capacity was 10 cartridges, 7.92 mm. The rifle was heavy and clumsy and the gas action fouled so badly that the design was soon abandoned.

Expanding Capacity Mauser Shots

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  • Silke
    How powerful was th 10.75 x 68 mauser cartridge and what was it's intended use?
    3 years ago

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