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rpeck
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Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum
      #300365 - 12/05/17 09:14 AM

Minimalist .375

My Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum.
Made in Germany in 1983.
Its built on a war-surplus Mauser-98 C-ring receiver.
Easy to carry, 7 lb. without scope.

I made a few changes to make this basic, functional and reliable rifle even more basic, functional and reliable. The original trigger was a Timney (see 1984 Frankonia catalog below). I don't want a fussy trigger on a big game rifle, so instead of messing around adjusting a Timney, I swapped it out for a bullet-proof single stage FN Mauser-98 trigger that breaks very clean at approx. 5 lb. Because I wanted to scope it (and only because of that) I replaced the three-position military safety and shroud with a two-position bolt-locking safety installed in a shroud that I already had on hand. The safety worked very smoothly and positively with the new bolt. No modifications to trigger or safety were necessary and both installed in minutes. An older and very reliable Swarovski 1.54.5X20 in Warne rings was mounted as low as the bolt handle and safety would allow. I oiled and waxed the stock inside and out and hosed the metal down with G96 Gun Treatment. I prefer the more difficult to remove (accidentally or not) military-type floorplate (with no protruding release button!) rather than a folding floorplate.

The open sights are basic, functional and reliable as well: for the rear, just one very sturdy fixed leaf and up front a big square brass "bead". This is a type made by Recknagel/ERA in Germany and apparently now sold by NECG for the USA.

For fun I polished the brass mag follower and lightly polished the bolt, just because I don't like blued bolts.










Edited by rpeck (13/05/17 10:35 AM)


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Claydog
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: rpeck]
      #300366 - 12/05/17 09:17 AM

Real nice no Bullshit hunting rifle.

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Maxim
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: Claydog]
      #300367 - 12/05/17 09:40 AM

Very nice.

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Vladymere
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: Maxim]
      #300368 - 12/05/17 09:45 AM

Very nice. It reminds me of a single trigger Oberndorf model B.

Vlad


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rigbymauser
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: Vladymere]
      #300384 - 12/05/17 04:00 PM

I remember that catalog very well. Studied every page of Frankonia back then. Brings back memories. Nice selection of calibers to choose from. Thanks for sharing.

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93x64mm
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: rigbymauser]
      #300385 - 12/05/17 05:20 PM

Nice!
And in my favourite calibre too!!!

I wonder if we can get them here in Oz???
93x64mm


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PatagonHunter
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: 93x64mm]
      #300389 - 12/05/17 08:21 PM

Very nice rifle!! Me too studied every page of those catalogs...! I still have some of them.
Can you tell about, or share some pictures, of the magazine/action modifications for the .375 H&H lenght?
The barrel muzzle seems to be very thin. What's the muzzle diameter.
I also prefer a direct M98 trigger for a hunting rifle!
Very nice rifle, indeed!

Thanks!!

PH


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Rule303
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: rpeck]
      #300417 - 13/05/17 02:51 PM

My style of rifle. Good straight grained wood and minimal additions.

You have a very nice rifle there.


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rpeck
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Re: Minimalist Frankonia "Safari" .375 H&H Magnum [Re: Rule303]
      #300426 - 18/05/17 01:17 AM

From Rifles of the World (2nd ed.) by John Walter


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