Make: Mauser – Built By Ryan Breeding
Model: The action was originally a German Mauser, this is now a custom gun.
Year of Manufacture: 1985 . The Breedings used the serial number to designate the date of manufacture, 6/9/1985.
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “25-06”. The original receiver markings read “JB6985” and “Deutsche Waffen – Und / Munitions Fabriken. Berlin”.
Barrel Length: About 24”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted without iron sights, and a Leupold VX-1 2x-7x scope with duplex crosshairs. The external body of the scope shows no dents or losses. The lenses are free of cracks and the scope is as clear as a Leupold should be. There are no obstructions in the glass, just a bit of dust.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are spectacularly grained, finished and checkered high grade walnut, with a cheek piece. There is a forend cap of slightly darker wood, and a pistol grip cap with the monogram “JB” (John Breeding – explained below). The stocks show very light wear and marking, with just a few scattered surface marks and depressions. These are primarily on the right side of the stock and at the cheek piece. The checkering is still sharp. This wood grain and craftsmanship is absolutely breathtaking. The LOP measures 14 1/8” to the end of the “Old English” recoil pad. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition. John Breeding is Ryan Breeding’s father. This rifle was made for the family and then sold to our consignor. RB Big Bores (aka Ryan Breeding) is familiar with this rifle and we spoke to him about it this week.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Applied by the Breedings, though the frame looks original (?).
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion or pitting in the bore, and just a hint of fouling.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows just a bit of wear to the finish, since the customization. There is thinning on the bolt handle and there is some thinning and discoloration on the magazine floor plate. This is the only finish defect on the rifle, with the remaining action and barrel VERY SHARP. For a custom, and used rifle, the condition is exceptionally well preserved. Obviously, this was a cared for rifle throughout its owners. The Screw heads are hex and sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine – Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly with about a LESS THAN 2 POUND trigger pull. Our consignor has recently shot this rifle and speaks VERY HIGHLY of it. The gun weighs 9 lbs. 3 oz. with the scope and sling attached. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a good quality sling, showing some wear and age discoloration. The scope is attached with quick detach rings. Also included is the Leupold scope and base.
Our Assessment: I’ve already used the word spectacular, so I’m trying to come up with another one to describe this rifle. The gun is striking to look at and is obviously of the highest quality in every regard, with one of the nicest pieces of wood I have seen on anything. This rifle was built by a true craftsman, the type we don’t encounter often these days. Everything is smooth and crisp and the fit of the stock to the metal is… well, spectacular. We contacted Ryan Breeding about this rifle (and another currently on our auction) and he recollects this one being built for his father, John Breeding, and then sold at their shop by John Breeding to our consignor. This is not only a rifle built by one of the 21st century masters, but it was built to keep in the family. I love it.
Sold For: $4.575