As detailed a week or two ago I managed to pick up a 7x57 ratty looking Parker Hale sporting mauser. Nice rifles to be honest and I have wanted one of these for a while. The strip and clean was easy enough, the only horrors were the ring about 2 inches back from the muzzle (expected as I saw that in the viewing) and a distinct faintness of rifling at the end of the chamber (not totally unexpected but unseen due to state of rifle in viewing). I am sure that the rifle should manage minute of deer comfortably with handloads for a year or two. I'm no massive fan of moderators so I may have the barrel shortened if accuracy is a no no but as the ring is 2 inches back I suspect thats not a real problem compared to a shagged muzzle. The furniture could do with some tlc and my gamekeeper works as a french polisher and his work in restoring stocks is to be seen its so good. The stock structurally is fairly sound so a sympathetic restoration is in order. I ran some dummy/drill rounds through the action and the extractor and ejector work well and the mag length is long enough just for 30.06 so a later rebarrel is looking likely! This all depends on selling the Rigby which will be used to fund my addiction and I will then need to find another 7x57/.275 to fill that niche. I am still looking at the 6.5 swede necked out to 7.62 as an option. Anyway as I get on with it I will take pics and post them. Condition externally is a bit of a horror, furniture is worn, checkering filled in with dirt and sweat in places, little chips out in places and 3 qd sling swivel holes existing. Internally the wood looks ok the Mauser recoil block and screw are present although on one side the stock is damaged slightly chipped at the recoil block screw. The barrel channel is sealed internally quite well. As a bonus the two shotguns I also picked up are in good condition. 1 is a Zabala and internally the barrels and chambers look new, externally slightly weathered and the wood is quite plain looking but I suspect it will shoot well. I may get a chance on sunday morning. 2 is a slightly older looking Spanish side by side with a cross bolt action and a bit more external wear, in need of a new buttplate but with nice wood and internally again the barrels look new.