Although I have owned, and competed with, Mil Surp rifles for over 60 years, I have never owned a Mauser. I set one up with a Z-41 scope for a friend last year, but that's my total experience with the mark. Cruising an auction site, I cam across Swede M 38. I got it at about $200 less than the average price I see them going for. It's coming with the original military stock and hardware, as well as a Ram Line sporter stock ( I'll be selling that pretty quickly). Looks to be in pretty nice shape. The brass tag on the stock indicates a bore condition of 1, and a "0" overhold with the 140 gr. round @ 100 yards. Still trying to decipher the number for the throat erosion, but it seems it's well within serviceable limits. I wouldn't have had any interest in it, if it weren't for the fact I can get ammunition for it. I swore I would NEVER own another orphan caliber, again. If I was a collector, that would be one thing, but I am not, I shoot EVERYTHING I own (won my class last fall with my 1911 Schmidt-Rubin), so being able to feed it is my #1 priority. As soon as I get it, and clean it up, I'll post some pictures. My Schmidt was 100 years old, this year, so this will be joining an experienced group. 1942 Saginaw M1 carbine, 1980 Yugoslavian SKS (belonged to the Zagreb Police) and the aforementioned Schmidt ( I have owned since 1963). Maybe a group picture, just to see how the kids get alone....