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Lipsey’s Ruger African and Mauser “A” 9.3x62 #14287774 11/17/19
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Lipsey’s Ruger African and Mauser “A” 9.3x62

This, “Grandpa and Grandson”, family portrait shows the striking family resemblance of a 1939 production Oberndorf Mauser Type A and a 2019 Lipsey’s Ruger Hawkeye African, both rifles being chambered in 9.3x62. Born 80 years apart, and on different continents, these two rifles seem to share a remarkable amount of DNA. They don’t just look similar, they both share some similar dimensional characteristics as well:

Ruger- weight: 7lbs 10oz, brl length: 24”, O.A.L: 44.5” , L.O.P: 13.5”

Mauser: weight: 7lbs 14.5oz, brl length: 23.62”, O.A.L.: 44.63”, L.O.P.: 13.75” (This rifle likely left the Mauser factory with a 14.5” length of pull.)

When shouldered, the Mauser’s lower butt allows the open sites to come to bare, for me, much like a well fit shotgun, while the Ruger’s higher comb is more of a compromise, for me, between the open sights and scope use. My dimensions are such that adding an inch, or so, to the 13.5” LOP should make open sight and low mounted scope use much more comfortable. Everyone is built differently, however, and ones experience may be different than mine. I’m about 6’1” and I could get along quite well with the Hawkeye African, scoped or irons, with no serious complaint without any changes.
Last edited by ColoradoMatt; 11/17/19.
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Re: Lipsey’s Ruger African and Mauser “A” 9.3x62 [Re: ColoradoMatt] #14292189 11/18/19
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That's very handsome iron, both. The Mauser's belly looks like it holds more, like one more of the 9.3's? Almost a shame to scope the Mauser since it's set up so nicely for shooting over open sights. Lovely things.

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Re: Lipsey’s Ruger African and Mauser “A” 9.3x62 [Re: 5thShock] #14292452 11/19/19
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Originally Posted by 5thShock
That's very handsome iron, both. The Mauser's belly looks like it holds more, like one more of the 9.3's? Almost a shame to scope the Mauser since it's set up so nicely for shooting over open sights. Lovely things.


Thanks for the compliment. The 9.3x62 does hold five down. Speed’s book says the floorplates of the commercial Oberndorf 9.3x62s are a bit thicker, but I can’t see it. The Ruger holds four down. The Mauser’s action has not been modified for scope use, and will not be, as long as I am it’s caretaker.


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