Ludwig Loewe

An unusual 7.62mm NATO arsenal-converted Ludwig Loewe Chilean contract Mauser. (Originally a 7mm Mauser, but went back to the arsenal  for re-barreling in the 1960s.) Serial # D999X makes its date of manufacture circa 1897.  As is typical of re-arsenalized Mausers, the stock number is mismatched to the receiver, but this one has a matching-number bolt.  Metal surfaces rate very good, with crisp factory markings and an intact Chilean crest. Has typical marring and handling marks to wood–particularly to the top of the forend. Cleaning rod is absent. Bluing is very good overall. (See photos.) Sharp crest on receiver and a sharp cartouche on stock. The stock has some nice tigerstripe figuring. (Again, see photos.) Has a correct “7.62 N”-marked receiver. Nice shootable bore. Standard infantry pattern straight bolt. Less than 2% of Chilean Mauser full-length rifles were arsenal-converted to 7.62mmm NATO. I rarely get these in stock, and given the desirable chambering they usually sell immediately. Have a gunsmith check this rifle and advise you on the types of ammo that are safe to shoot. (GBUS-997)

$53.00 (PRE-1965)

A dandy-looking scoped Ludwig Loewe Chilean contract Mauser sporter, re-barreled to the popular and flat-shooting.243 Winchester cartridge!  Made circa 1896.  Clearly marked “Loewe Berlin”, confirming its antique status. Note that per Federal law, re-barreling and/or sporterizing does not change the Federally  exempt status of a pre-1899 antique gun. This rifle was very nicely sporterized.  Mismatched serial numbers. Has a low-swing bolt handle, standard military safety lever, and high scope mount with 1″ rings.  Has a modern 24.5″ tapered blued .243 Winchester barrel with counter-bored muzzle.  No iron sights. Jeweled bolt body. Equipped with a Tasco variable-power scope. The scope shows more wear than the rifle, so it should probably be replaced with a more modern scope. (The scope will be coming to you dismounted, with rings attached. Has no sling swivels installed. This is a very nice sleek-looking .243 sporter with a quite stunning custom-made Monte Carlo style hand-checkered walnut stock with some quite nice tigerstripe cross-grain figuring at the comb, ebony forend tip, and triple diamond inlays on the right side. (See photos.) Someone obviously put a lot of time and money into building this beautiful sporter. This will make a great Federally-exempt deer rifle or counter-sniper rifle. Important Note: Because.243 Winchester factory loads can develop pressures that exceed the specifications for this receiver, it is being sold with the understanding that only mild .243 handloads will be used! (AGUM-721)

$62.00 (PRE-1965)

A rarely-seen original Mauser model 1893 cavalry saddle ring carbine chambered in 7x57mm Mauser. This Chilean contract carbine is not import marked. It was manufactured by Loewe in Berlin in 1894 as evidence by the very faded but still visible crest. Has all matching serial numbers except the cocking piece. The rest of the carbine is serial marked A640X. The wood is about as good as I’ve ever seen on an original cavalry carbine. The metal shows plenty of wear from use, but not abuse. The action and safety function fine, and the trigger pull is typical for a Model 1895. The bore is dark but it still has plenty of rifling and no significant pitting. (CAA-999)

$68.00 (PRE-1965)

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