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Old 10-24-2020, 10:10 PM
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These pre war Mauser rimfire rifles are new to me, but perusing Bob Simpsons' book "Training Rifles of the Third Reich" piqued my interest. Walking into Simpson LTD can be very detrimental to ones check book, especially since Robert has started to sell off his collection. As soon as I handled this ES340B I had to have it, talk about a high quality rimfire rifle. With it's 26" barrel this rifle weighs around 8 lbs. Next will be an ES350B with the higher grade checkered walnut stock and grooved barrel. If these Mausers shoot as accurately as my Lienhard-Anschutz M57 I'll be really impressed.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:03 AM
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Just last week I finally scoped my es340b,,,

Just last week I finally scoped my es340b,,,
I've had it for over a year and have never done more than function test it.

Heaviest dang single-shot I've ever handled,,,
Feels like something you would take with you on Safari.

But if your shoots like mine,,,
You're going to be a very happy camper.

I put a Leupold 3-9x40 on it and sighted it in at 100 yards,,,
Now I'm waiting for a windless day to fine tune it.

In a 10-15 mph crosswind I was shooting 2" groups,,,
It might be a true 1 MOA rifle on a calm day.

Happy single-shooting my friend,,,

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Old 10-26-2020, 02:49 PM
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These pre war Mauser rimfire rifles are new to me, but perusing Bob Simpsons' book "Training Rifles of the Third Reich" piqued my interest. Walking into Simpson LTD can be very detrimental to ones check book, especially since Robert has started to sell off his collection. As soon as I handled this ES340B I had to have it, talk about a high quality rimfire rifle. With it's 26" barrel this rifle weighs around 8 lbs. Next will be an ES350B with the higher grade checkered walnut stock and grooved barrel. If these Mausers shoot as accurately as my Lienhard-Anschutz M57 I'll be really impressed.
That's about as pristine a 340B as I have ever seen! Congratulations.


Careful, these things are addictive. A 350B will be a fine partner for this rifle. And, they should shoot as accurately as an older Anschuetz, with the right ammunition.

And on a second, closer look, I see that you also are the lucky owner of a hen's-tooth original front sight protector. That's about a $100 item by itself.

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Just last week I finally scoped my es340b,,,
I've had it for over a year and have never done more than function test it.


Oh, the shame!


Heaviest dang single-shot I've ever handled,,,
Feels like something you would take with you on Safari.

But if your shoots like mine,,,
You're going to be a very happy camper.


It most likely will!



I put a Leupold 3-9x40 on it and sighted it in at 100 yards,,,
Now I'm waiting for a windless day to fine tune it.

In a 10-15 mph crosswind I was shooting 2" groups,,,
It might be a true 1 MOA rifle on a calm day.

Happy single-shooting my friend,,,

Aarond

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It shouldn't bee too difficult to shoot groups of 1" or less, but you might want a little more magnification to take advantage of the rifle's potential.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:04 PM
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About that scope magnification,,,

About that scope magnification,,,

"...you might want a little more magnification to take advantage of the rifle's potential."

I might at that,,,
But this was a scope I already owned.

I wanted to see if the barrel was good before I spent any more money.

Your stock is much nicer than mine,,,
A previous owner tried to outline a cheek piece,,,
As well as to carve into the pistol grip to give it more definition.

That's probably why I won the GunBroker auction for only $245.00.

It still has the Mauser stamp on the right side though,,,
And the metal of the barrel, action, and bolt is still very clean.

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If you decide to add optics be sure not to drill holes or bend the bolt as this will significantly lower the value of the gun. The original Mauser rings are very high and are for a 22mm straight scope. Burris Signature .22 1" tube rings fit the 11mm dovetail and are very high so with a careful choice of a scope with a small eyepiece you should be able to add a scope to am unmodified rifle. Leopold also makes high high rings which should work.
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Scope Rings

Having put optics on several of these Mausers, I find that the BKL 257H rings are about ideal for the purpose. As a bonus, they are quite reasonably priced.
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Her's a link to the rings I bought,,,

Click here please.

Teddy Bear Rat recommended these to me,,,
They were inexpensive and they worked just fine.

I mounted a Leupold 3-9x40 Rifleman scope with them,,,
With eye relief that works for me,,,
They cleared the bolt arm.

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Old 10-28-2020, 05:17 PM
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions and I'm looking forward to some range time with this rifle. Rest assured if I decide to mount an optic there is no way I would modify this rifle. Right now my most accurate rifle of this type is my Lienhard-Anschutz M57, if my new Mauser is as accurate as that rifle I'll be very happy. This Mauser coming from pre war Germany has a lot more history and it shows the level of commitment Mauser put into their small bore rifles of that time.
I like the little touches like what they did to the trigger guard.
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Here are some photos of my companion ES350B. The upgrade over the ES340B are the higher grade checkered walnut stock and the grooved barrel. These super high quality Mausers are addicting.
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Shot the ES350B this afternoon and I'm happy to report the iron sights were right on at 50 yards shooting CCI 40 grn Standard Velocity. So I mounted my new Hensoldt that came with this rifle and to my amazement it to was perfectly regulated for 50 yards. This optic isn't very powerful but the clarity of the glass is every bit as brilliant as any of my current Hensoldts, Kahles or Swarovski. I love the German 3 post reticle which is fine for my purposes. The adjustable rear sight on this Mauser is excellent also. With a high powered optic I think this would be a 1 MOA rifle which is amazing considering it's age.
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