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Recently a friend of mine bought a Herters Mauser 25-06 with rather nice wood. Any idea of which Mauser Herters used for their rifles?


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If it is a J9 it is probably a Yugo (zastava) BUT I've seen some picture that look like an FN bolt handle

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I have one that’s a Heym.

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Heym here too


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Almost no knowledge on Mausers, recently bought my first.

It's a Westernfield/Heym. Research and measuring has shown that
it's a Yugo, intermediate. Evidently Hyem bought the actions and built the guns from them. Under contract with varying retailers.


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"Normal" 98s are 7 7/8".
The intermediate actions are 7 5/8".


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Herter's has a mixed reputation of mediocre quality gun product sales, complete rifles & components. The firm was "opportunistic"! Making deals where it could and often passing along 'deals' to the public. I've never owned a Herter's ID'ed rifle. But I've encountered them and never one particularly objectionable other than maybe bit 'plain Jane' bit clunky. As noted, they used actions that fell within their radar grasp. Of Zavastas, they sold actions, barreled actions & complete rifles. Many of these were follow on production to the earlier "Yugo" military intermediate actions.

To my mind they were all decent guns. The reference to BSA, I believe were the BSA-original designed actions. Such, rather BSA's "Parker Hale" excursion into the Spanish "Santa Barbara" commercial mauser actions of which my opinion is considerably lesser.

Most of the American market commercial bolt HP rifles of the mid/latter sixties reflected traces of Weatherby stock styling, by now of "another era" and little appeal. Herter's was no worse and in some instances better in terms of also offering the ever popular classic European stock style. I think that the Firm had a good, viable marketplace and the impression that their products were no worse than many other commercial sellers!

Just my take!
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I have a Herters in 284 Winchester. Action is stamped Finland.

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Herter's didn't manufacture anything, they sourced everything that they sold from vendors that would build to their specs for the best price, which led to a lack of consistency in many of their products. Tradewinds in SeaTac worked on a similar business model, just on a much smaller scale.


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