Brno VZ-24 Mauser action custom rifle
The Brno VZ-24 is one of the best ex-military Mauser 98s to use as the heart of a fine custom rifle such as Nick’s 7mm Harvey Magnum

The Brno VZ-24 is one of the best Mauser actions ever made


Q: Recently, I was given an ex-military Mauser 98 action which carries the marking “ZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S. VZ 24” on the left side of the receiver. It also has the Czechoslovak coat of arms on the top of the receiver.

Is this action strong enough to build a .280 Ackley Improved? I realise it will need a lot of work done on it to customise it, but already I have a Walther barrel and a figured walnut blank.

Bruce Barrat

A: I consider the Czech-made VZ-24 one of the best Mauser actions for building a custom rifle.

My own 7mm Harvey Magnum is based on a modified VZ-24 action and it withstands high-pressure loads which crowd the 7mm Remington Magnum.

If your VZ-24 is in good condition, go ahead.

 

 

 


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The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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