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can anyone tell me what this is? it was given to me Iwas told I should go on a big game web site can you helphttp://s654.photobucket.com/albums/uu264/invisabill1958/wjjeffery/

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The photos aren't quite as clear as they could be, but it's a Mauser 98K action. Possibly either a commercial Mauser Sporter rifle or a custom rifle assembeled from a military Mauser 98K action. The photos are just not good enough to see the detail in the proof mark symbols. Maybe just my eyes. Various European countries mark barrels and actions once nitro proofed and at a glance these different markings can appear very similar. Though the marking in the pictures aren't clear I'm almost certain that is rifle is an original German made one. I only say this because like all german firearms of the period this one seems to have proofmarks and acceptance stamps on almost every part on the rifle.

The Mauser 98 action is a highly regarded piece of equipment with a solid reputation. There have been thousands of custom rifles built on surplus military Mauser actions. Even the US Army's Springfield 1903 rifle was almost a carbon copy of the Mauser design. Many modern day bolt action hunting rifles are built on actions that are based on the Mauser such as the classic Winchester Model 70 and the current Ruger M77.

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I am going to hold on to it some day it will go along with this one to send my 6 year old to collage check out my 500.00 doller special what do you thinkhttp://s654.photobucket.com/albums/uu264/invisabill1958/winchester%201886/ it is in 40-82

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nice color...
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The bolt action is a Mauser. It's possible that is was a military receiver judging by the thumb slot in the side of the receiver. This was for loading stripper clips into the magazine with the left hand. Commercial Mausers may have had this feature also but I'm not sure.

The barrel is aftermarket. It bears words such as "trademark" and "nickle gun barrel steel". It's hard to make out anything else.

It could have been made in the states from parts. It could also have been made in Europe after the war and brought back by a GI or American tourist. Considering the express sights and barrel band swivel it looks like the builder was trying to go along the lines of African or big game rifle styling.

What is it chambered in?

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Dude, I couldn't see it marked as WJ Jeffery, but they are a famous London gun maker, specializing in doubles. Traditionally all the London houses used Commercial Mauser actions that they tuned themselves, and your's is styled similar to the Pre-War Commerical Mausers of the 1920s and 30s. It's got the traditional guild and proof marks (too blurry for me to make out) of Pre-War Mausers. WJ Jeffery is still in business. That's very fine engraving and checkering, done by skilled hands. It looks like a large caliber take-down model.
Given a somewhat educated guess, price tag on something like that is mid 4 digits, even with the rust. Without the rust, and with some kind of paperwork, and the original takedown case that's a high 4 digit gun, especially chambered in some of the more desireable calibers. I don't see it as a 5 digit gun, but it's nice. Take care of it!

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I just got an email from JROBERTS IN LONDON THEY SAID IT IS A jEFFERY'S .333 EXPRESS MADE between 1920-1930 ALL NUM'S MATCH THEY TOLD ME THEY JUST STARTED MAKING AMMO FOR IT AGAIN. THEY WANT MORE PIC OF IT . i WILL TAKE CARE OF IT also what did they mean by asking me if I had a lic. for it do not know what they are talking about can enyone help with that ?

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It appeares to some sort of sporterized mauser. Without a closer look I can't tell. If it is a Jeffrey it is probably worth several thousand at least. If you can get it authenticated it would be worth the time and expense.