I really don't remember all of the reasons I decided to build a Mauser in 54r, it could be that someone said it wouldn't work or maybe it was Mike928's comment that everything is more accurate when shot from a Mauser. Whatever it was, the project got moved up in the que.
In the early 80's I put together my one and only Mauser with the assistance of my ex father in law. It is a 1909 Argentine action with a medium heavy target barrel in 6.5x55. So here I am 30+ years later trying to figure this build out.
Several years ago I bought an action at a gun show and put it away in case I ever wanted to try a build. It was a 1940 model 98 covered in Waffen stamps. I've been advised to buy new bottom metal for my build and sell the original to a collector. The bolt handle was non-matching and had already had the bolt handle modified.
I ordered a turned barrel blank from McGowen in .302/.310 for the 54r and started making tools while I waited for the blank.
I started with the truing fixture for the front of the receiver
Then made the lap for the pressure ring
Both seemed to work, the surfaces cleaned up and are parallel.