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    Mauser 98 for home defense?

    What would you think of a Mauser 98 or a Mauser 88 Commission rifle rebored to 8mm mauser (S stamped gun) for home defense? My wife doesn't shoot long guns well, and I have a line on both guns. The 98 Mauser is WW2 of course and is original for the most part but is more than servicable. The 88 is the Commission Rifle and is very light even for its size and it can be had for next to nothing. I have owned a few Mausers before, but never thought of them as home defense guns or truck guns. Mauser stripper clips though are pretty cheap, as is some 8mm mauser non corrosive surplus ammo. Better to me than Nagant rifles (hate the safety).
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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    Home defense if indoors at short range is best handled by a riot 12 gauge. Or maybe a 20 gauge if recoil is a problem.
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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    I'm pretty sure that Mauser will penetrate the nursery walls of the new-born a coupla houses over from yours, unless you live in the country, then go for it.

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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    The Mauser 98's are great rifles. 15+ years ago I made good money customizing them, barrel swaps are simple, lots of custom parts available, etc. They're not anything I'd choose for home defense though unless you plan on picking off invading maruaders from the tower of your castle...
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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    I would think functionally it would work well. The Germans sure killed a lot of people with them in two World Wars. I think the caliber would be too much and too penetrative unless you are shooting at people hundreds of yards away. I am sure someone hit with a 8mm Mauser would drop pretty good.
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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    I agree. It'd work great to keep someone from getting into the house in the first place though.

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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    Not something I would consider but,,
    The Commission rifle is named that because the final configuration was decided on by a commission in 1888. Not the strongest of actions in my opinion
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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    Get a bayonet for it too. The intimation factor alone could be enough to scare most people away! I know I would run, even if I was just dropping in for a friendly visit.
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    Re: Mauser 98 for home defense?

    I agree with Mmitch, overpenetration on the order of eight or nine houses. Had a guy up near Dayton a couple years ago, older WWII vet. Guy broke into his apartment and the vet uncapped a 03A3 on him. Round completely penetrated 10 apartments, some in his building some in the next apartment building. Wounded two people, one with splinters one with the round. Coulda been a whole lot worse, he was only loaded with M2 Ball. Imagine steelcore or AP.
    Take the money you were gonna spend on that Mauser and buy a cheap pump-action 12gauge. It'll serve you alot better.
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