Mauser M98 Magnum

Mauser M98 Magnum

Mauser will show the M98 Magnum rifles at the 2015 SHOT Show, and will begin sales in the US in March 2015. These new guns are said to be an evolution of the original Mauser 98 system chambered for a number of big game cartridges.

The Mauser M98 Magnum rifles will be chambered in:

  • .375 H&H
  • .338 Lapua Magnum
  • .416 Rigby
  • .450 Dakota
  • .458 Lott
  • .500 Jeffrey

The rifles will hold four rounds in the magazine, except for the .375 H&H (5 rounds) and the .500 Jeffrey (3 rounds.)

All guns will have 24.4″ barrels and an overall length of 46.7″. Unloaded, they will weigh 9.3 pounds. The MSRP will be $12,495.

From Mauser:

For generations, when hunting for dangerous game, experienced hunters have depended on the absolute reliability of the Mauser 98 bolt action system. With the introduction of the new Mauser M98 Magnum rifle, Mauser has made a further refinement of the unique 98 system that was originally developed by Paul Mauser.

Based on the original design drawings, Mauser has managed to combine the legendary unique strengths of the 98 system, with the advantages of the most modern production methods. By focusing on the most frequently requested features, this new rifle has all qualities and characteristics the experienced big game hunter could wish for and at a remarkably attractive price and performance ratio.

With this new Mauser M98 Magnum, Mauser writes yet another chapter in the history of the legendary original Mauser 98 bolt action system. The Mauser M98 Magnum performance characteristics include a newly designed, ergonomically improved, horizontal 3-position safety, acting directly on the firing pin. Pillar beddings, in addition to double recoil lugs, mean system and stock are mounted absolutely free of any tension. Renowned for its stability, the long extractor for provides for controlled feeding.

Additional benefits include a Double Square Bridge system which allows for swing off scope mounts; windage and elevation adjustable 2 leaf Express sight with improved sight picture; and stylish, ergonomic big game stock with classic cheekpiece. Finely crafted checkering covers the entire fore-end and pistol grip, with steel cap engraved with the Mauser emblem, for even better grip when shooting big calibers.

The Mauser M98 will be available beginning March 2015 at a suggested MSRP of $12,495. The Mauser M98 and the entire Mauser product line can be seen at SHOT Show Booth 15-254 or visit our website for more information: www.mauser.com.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Anonymoose

    That’s a pretty sexy rifle.

  • Jeff Smith

    I have absolutely no need for this, but, dammit, I want it more than words can explain.

  • MountainKelly

    Absolutely gorgeous. MUsers new rifles are great fit and finish wise and I’m sure these will perform admirsbly in the field

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I love me some Mausers but there is NOTHING about that rifle that makes me think TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS is a remotely reasonable price for one.

    • Sadler

      It’s not a normal rifle. It’s meant to compete with Holland & Holland, Westley Richards, Rigby, Purdy, and so on. All of which have outstanding quality and cost over $10,000. Though I’m not sure I should include Westley Richards in there, seeing as their cheapest bolt action is $24,000.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        A H&H is almost entirely hand-made. These are, at best, hand-fitted. I would understand the comparison if the comparison was equal, but it’s just not.

        • Sadler

          From the information I can find at the moment, it seems that H&H uses the same manufacturing processes that Mauser does for this rifle. Meaning machined barrels and actions, handmade stocks, custom engraving, hand fitting and tuning, and hand finished. The reason the Mauser is cheaper, unless you choose to have more features, is because it uses cheaper (though still beautiful) wood and has no engraving standard.

    • Really?

  • me ohmy

    13,000 for a bolt gun??? why?

    • Spidouz

      Probably for the same reasons some people buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini car with only 2 seats… I guess the riches need some to feel unique and different from the poor. For $13,000… I would definitely buy something else… plenty of things that would make me just as happy as the guys that will buy this new Mauser 98 Magnum.

      • What would you buy for big game in Africa for less than 12k? 12k is budget for a Safari rifle.

        • Spidouz

          Not that I need it… but for a large bore rifle? I’d say Desert Tech HTI in .375 Cheytac… or a smaller and cheaper version, the Desert Tech SRS-A1 in .338LM… (Top of my head)

          • Lol @ hunting with a desert tech HTI. When you’re traversing long distances, lightweight is your friend.

          • Spidouz

            The Mauser 98 Magnum is announced to weight between 3.9 to 4.9Kg (a little bit less than 10 lbs). The Desert Tech SRS-A1 in .338LM is weighting 4.9 Kg… Enough said. That would be my choice, with conversion in .308 and 6.5mm calibers.

          • You don’t hunt much do you?

          • Spidouz

            My comment starts by “Not that I need it”… but again, between a 4.9Kg rifle and a 4.9Kg rifle… I’m pretty sure there’s no much difference, LOL!!

          • So no, you don’t know what is important in a hunting rifle been being as how you have not participated.

          • Spidouz

            You seem to have hard time to read properly or you try to bend my words. Let me copy/past them again here for you to read them again:

            Big bore for Safari?

            “Not that I need it”
            I know plenty of people that do and I already tried their 9.3x74R Safari rifle… but again, not that I need it. Also, did I mention anything about smaller games where a .222 or 7×64 are more than enough?

            “And just in case you don’t like the modern tactical look (I do) and prefer a wood-ish rifle, I’d then pick a Blaser R8 in .375 H&H… again, just top of my head”
            I think it’s pretty clear, isn’t it?

            And now, regarding MY own choice: “The Desert Tech SRS-A1 in .338LM is weighting 4.9 Kg”

            So, you can comment anything argument you want about it, but don’t try to make an argument about this rifle’s weight, it’s the same of the Mauser… And as said, I did carry heavier firearms for distances you’ll probably never do in your life as a hunter.

            Before to comment any longer, please read again… just in case.

          • DrewN

            My grandfather hunted Africa for over 40 years, and I doubt his entire battery cost 12K or whatever the 1940s equivalent was. A surplus 6.5 x 55 Swede, a 1898 in 9.3 x 62, a Winchester Model 12 and a Model 62a.

          • Spidouz

            I agree with you… Just bought a 6.5×55 Swede today (Carl Gustav M63) and a brand new K31 (never fired)… for almost nothing (so to speak). Plenty of good 9.3×62 out there for cheap too…

          • Grindstone50k

            You’re really starting to come off smarmy again. You’re attacking the individual and not addressing the points being made.

          • Dan

            I have yet to see high roller safari hunters and their 12k + rifles walk any real distance. And should they become tired their personal attendant can carry it back to the waiting land rover for a quit trip to the game preserve lodge

        • Dan

          I could find numerous other rifles in some of those calibers for way less than 12k

          • kingghidorah

            If I had $12k, I could buy a garage full of Timex watches and cases of batteries for what I’d pay for one real Rolex. The Timex’s even keep better time, however, I’d go with the Rolex.

    • Hand tooled, German made (high cost of labor), extremely precise, unparalleled craftsmanship, ultra reliable (in case you miss that lion on the first shot), and perfect 🙂

    • Dan

      Don’t care who made it or what kool aidyou had to drink to believe it, when a modern gun with no historical importance rivals a car in price you have gone full potato to believe it is worth it. I don’t drink kool-aid, so instead if trying to tell me how I am wrong just go look in the mirror and reassure yourself that it is legit.

      • kingghidorah

        Tell that to a guy who wears a Panerai or Rolex.

        • Dan

          Ok don’t get me wrong if you want to buy really expensive stuff go for it, kudos to you, but if you sit there and try to honestly B.S. me into believing it is that expensive because it is hand built yada yada, please expect me to laugh in your face. There isnt enough material, hand fitting or engineering in any bolt gun that puts it’s value higher than a car, there just isn’t the only reason they are that expensive is because people buy into the B.S. and drop that kind of money to feel like they have something more than what it really is. Again if I had the money I would spend it on obscene stuff too but not for the reason of how “special” it is.

          • kingghidorah

            Sometimes it’s impossible to quantify value. What it’s worth to you or what it cost them to make is absolutely meaningless in their marketing strategy- think Starbucks or Grey Goose. Brands have value, and when used correctly do quite well. I think Mauser is targeting a select audience of German made, Mauser branded rifle fans who see this as an opportunity to own something with heritage and exclusivity.. I hope I win one in a raffle someday as I don’t think you’ll see a blow-out at CDNN for $1495 anytime soon like the fine Japanese made ‘Brownings’ and ‘Weatherbys’.

      • Guest

        To be fair, any product is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. That’s how capitalism works.

  • My dream rifle.

  • To people wanting an explanation as to why this rifle is priced highly:
    Sporting rifles represent an older Mauser tradition, though always a small part of the company’s output, these rifles have always represented the jewels of the line. Comparing Mauser military rifles to their sporting rifles that were/are produced is like comparing a VW off the production line to a hand tooled Porsche. Finely tuned and beautifully finished, Mauser sporting rifles have been sold since the company’s early days up until the present. The Mauser was so appreciated it became part of the owners life, a family heirloom, and generated an incredible mystique. In other words, the real mystique of the Mauser is not in the military rifles, but in these highly refined sporters.

    It is also worth noting that these have been imported and sold by exclusive firearm shops for years (like the one I posted in the comments) but I guess they have found a dedicated importer. Also, 12k in the entry level price. The color case-hardened rifle I posted was priced at $30,000 if I recall correctly.

    • Jeff Smith

      ^^^^This. Very well put.

    • Nicks87

      If you spend that much money on a rifle you should be dragged out into the street and shot with it.

      • Never go into a Beretta Gallery, Safari Club show, or really any high end gun boutique.

        • Nicks87

          Been there done that. I respect the craftsmanship but not the people who buy them.

          • Why?

          • Nicks87

            Totally impractical. I could build a collection of quality firearms and optics for that price. With 12k I could cover all the bases. Long range, hunting, home defense, ccw, and plinking/fun guns. I’m not going to tell people what to spend their money on but I will criticize such wasteful spending. Why buy an F-22 raptor when you could buy 10 F-16s for the same price and have way more firepower.

          • RocketScientist

            Thats possibly the most piss-poor analogy I’ve ever come across. Plus, it doesn’t do antyhing to prove your point. In your scenario, due to the vastly improved avionics, radar, targeting system, stealth aspects, engine performance, etc, what would happen is that before your 10 F-16s were even aware there was a threat, 8 of them would be shot out of the sky by the one F22. If he so desired, he could land, re-arm, and knock the remaining two guys out of the air as well. the Viper was/is a beautiful bird and amazing for its time. But technology has come a LOOONG way in the last 40 years.

          • RocketScientist

            Yeah, people who spend their own money on things they like are disgusting. I, like you, have no respect for people who decide they want to buy a thing they like that they can afford! I mean seriously, how repugnant is that??

      • RocketScientist

        Yeah! People who spend their own money on different things than you would spend your money on are stupid! We should kill them for having different tastes and priorities! This is a reasonable statement!

        • Nicks87

          Do you have money to piss away on a $12k rifle? The majority of the world’s population doesn’t. IMO people should live within their means so if you can afford it then knock yourself out but it doesn’t mean I have to respect you for it.

          • RocketScientist

            Not that it matters or is your business, but If i really scrimped for a year or three and really really wanted one, yeah I could probably shell out that much for a rifle, though I don’t have any plans to. No one said you HAVE TO respect anyone for anything. But “not respecting” someone is a far cry from stating they should be dragged into the streets and murdered. Plus, not respecting someone for the sole reason that they have more money than you is pretty f***ing petty, and reeks of childish jealousy. I don’t care how much money you have, what you spend it on, or whether or not you can afford it. Doesn’t affect me one whit and I can’t imagine having so little going on in my own life that I’d get so worked up over how some hypothetical person might spend some of their own money.

          • Nicks87

            Whoa, first of all I was just being facetious (humor much?) I wasn’t actually advocating violence. Second I’m entitled to my opinion aren’t I? Third, the only people getting “worked up” are you and Alex. Sorry I insulted your “dream rifle”. I don’t invest my ego inanimate objects but apparently you guys do. Speaking of childish when I was a child I used to dream about owning a Ferrari but when I became an adult I realized how pointless and impractical they are especially after starting a family. Now I’m fine with a used Honda. As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow I’m sure more people will feel the way I do it’s just a matter of time.

          • But your words above seem to imply that you automatically have no respect for those who have the means, but rather prefer said people be “dragged out into the street and shot”. WTF dude?

          • AlanHan

            The majority of the world’s population doesn’t own a car. Do you? $12,000 is not serious money for a middle-aged shooting sports enthusiast. Let me guess. You prefer used Soviet military rifles due mainly to their political heritage.

          • Guest

            Lol!

          • Nicks87

            I need a car to get to work and to kart my family around. I live rural America. You don’t need a $12k rifle to do anything except feel like a bigger man. Which is the real crux of this debate, overcompensating for things that you lack. Plenty of big game have been taken with guns that don’t cost a premium. 45-70 and 30-06 work just fine.

  • Orion Quach

    If you complain about the pricing of something being out of your reach, you shouldn’t ever buy anything nicer than a hi point with that mentality.

    • Nicks87

      How do you figure? Even if I could afford such an obscene display of wealth I can think of a hundred better ways to spend 12k. Most of these rifles will end up in some dumb yuppie’s gun safe anyway never to see a range let alone a big game hunt.

      • Orion Quach

        You don’t have to shoot a gun to enjoy it though. I have an 03 Cobra that barely has passed 17K miles on it. Does that mean I don’t deserve it since I don’t drive it often?

  • Tiru Maru

    Maybe you can take it to one of those “Guntry Clubs” where the membership is 5K, and the monthly fee is several hundred a month. Then sit in the VIP cigar lounge and talk about how big your cigar is. Just saying…. lol

  • Don Ward

    Or I could just buy 11 Ruger Hawkeye Predator rifles!

    *Slings 11 rifles.*

    *rattle*

    *Takes step*

    *rattle*

    *Collapse in a cacophony of scratched barrels and gouged stocks*

    • Grindstone50k

      I’ll help you carry some of those…

  • Grindstone50k

    I’d rather buy a motorcycle with that cash and shoot things with a milsurp Mauser or even a Ruger.

  • kingghidorah

    Barrett’s big toys (which I love) look like they were tacked by a guy with a Harbor Freight stick welder and a welding helmet with flames. No comparison whatsoever.

    • Don Ward

      The “welding helmet with flames” perfects the visual image of this analogy.

    • Anonymoose

      Wish we could get AS-50s, but AI doesn’t sell them to civilians afaik.

  • I wonder how many people complaining about the price have a similar amount invested in motorsport toys, muscle cars, or watercraft? It’s all about priorities, people.

    • The second I bolted a set of headers onto my first car (1989 5.0 lx hatch), little did I know I was destined for financial ruin until I eased out of that hobby, lol!

  • Chase Buchanan

    I’ve never seen a scope ring like that before. I kind of like it. It certainly looks as if firing the rifle would stress the scope less.

    • Mike N.

      If I recall, it’s some manner of quick detach setup