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Old 10-02-2021, 06:48 PM
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I like .22 rifles and I didn't need another one. But I visited the Gun Library at my local Cabelas today and something followed me home. I had never seen one but I knew it was quality when I held it. After some research I believe this is a MS420. Numbers seem to match except I have not removed the stock to check those numbers. There's no "Mauser circle" on the stock. The metal is in really great shape. The stock looks good, but I'm not sure if it has been redone at some point. I shot it today and it seems accurate for the plinking that I do behind the house. I'm getting ready to give it a good cleaning. The only issue I noticed today is some empties wouldn't extract. The extractor looks good as far as I can tell. I was able to remove the "stuck" cases with my pocket knife. I'm thinking the chamber may just be dirty because it seems to take more effort to pull them out than I think it should have.
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Old 10-03-2021, 05:40 AM
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Very nice old school classic Ms420.....mine about 70,000 later has full sn in barrel channel and a barrel batch code of CH13....be careful as this was my first Mauser and now I have 4...
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Old 10-03-2021, 07:10 AM
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....be careful as this was my first Mauser and now I have 4...<img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" />
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I'm sure glad I didn't promise my wife that this would be the last one...

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Old 10-06-2021, 06:56 PM
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Nice gun . It does appear to be reblued .
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Old 10-07-2021, 07:43 AM
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Nice gun . It does appear to be reblued .
I think it probably has been re-blued and probably refinished too. Whoever did it did a nice job though. I know being refinished takes away from collector value. I think I'm more of a hoarder than a collector (my wife says I have a problem). Also I'm more of a plinker than a target shooter. I got it out of the safe last night just to look at it again and hold it. I like it a lot and I suppose that's all that matters.
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:41 AM
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It's a classic vintage .22RF rifle, manufactured with old world craftsmanship, and a very handsome rifle at that. Whomever did the restore work appears to have done a decent job, especially since the roll marks seem to remain reasonably sharp and clear.


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I got it out of the safe last night just to look at it again and hold it. I like it a lot and I suppose that's all that matters.
When it come down to it, your quite right.

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Old 10-10-2021, 07:37 PM
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I bought one like this today at a gun show. Mine has no sights. The pad where the rear ramp sight should be has no way to attach a ramp. Also there is no sign of a front sight ever having been on there. The finish looks original but seems suspect since no sights. The muzzle has a beautiful crown and I`m going to scope it anyway. I`m not set up to provide pictures.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:03 PM
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I bought one like this today at a gun show. Mine has no sights. The pad where the rear ramp sight should be has no way to attach a ramp. Also there is no sign of a front sight ever having been on there. The finish looks original but seems suspect since no sights. The muzzle has a beautiful crown and I`m going to scope it anyway. I`m not set up to provide
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I hope it works out for you!
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:18 PM
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BH, A lovely, trim rifle
Scope?, hmmm, needs also be trim, and suitable for the proper look. What do you have in mind, 41MG?
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:17 AM
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BH, A lovely, trim rifle
Scope?, hmmm, needs also be trim, and suitable for the proper look. What do you have in mind, 41MG?
Yeah, I didn`t want to scope it, but it would take a lot of modification to put iron sights back on it. I put a Japanese 4x widefield scope on it that I had laying around. I`ve already got it dialed in and it doesn`t look half bad. I wish I had a way to post pictures then you could see that this is my only option besides possibly machining dovetails in the barrel. I have some more vintage scopes but they`re small diameter and pretty much useless other than looks.

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Old 10-13-2021, 01:53 PM
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Ive used the old 3/4" tube Weaver B4 and B6 as well as the Mossberg M4 on slim, trim rifles to good effect.
The Mossberg 2pc 'tip-off' mounts are neat and clean, requiring the typical 'grooved receiver' cuts. 2 pc would be my 1st choice if I could acquire a set and machine the cuts. Weaver made a 1 pc tip-off mount, not as elegant but sturdy. Redfield also had nice 3/4" tube 2 pc tip-offs for the 'Baby' Redfield.
Weaver used to sell 3/4" rings with the Weaver mount to their typical wide base, a bit clubby though and they have become somewhat hard to find and the price just keeps going up. Another company is now making a suitable substitute for cheap (GruBee?).

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Old 10-16-2021, 07:49 PM
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I took the MS420 and Remington 582 out today. It was completely unfair of me to put the 582 against the Mauser. The Mauser outclassed the 582 in every single way, except for ability to load the tube full of CB shorts for quiet time plinking. And I forgot to take the CB shorts, so the 582 wasn't shot much.
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