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LuciusKang
06-27-2011, 6:13 PM
Does anyone know if these two rifles are the same thing? I just inherited a rifle from a relative and the girls on that side of the family have no idea what it is except that some guy said it was a "Sta. Barbara .308". After doing some googling, the only gun that fits in that category is the FR-8.

Anyone own any Santa Barbara's and might shed some light?

smle-man
06-27-2011, 7:16 PM
There was a Santa Barbara mauser 98 sporter action imported into the U.S. for many years as the basis for custom rifles. That may be what you are looking at.

LuciusKang
06-27-2011, 8:41 PM
Was that action ever imported as a complete rifle? Does the derivative rifle have a name or is it literally a mauser 98 made in spain?

smle-man
06-28-2011, 4:30 PM
Was that action ever imported as a complete rifle? Does the derivative rifle have a name or is it literally a mauser 98 made in spain?

It was a mauser action made in Spain under the name of Santa Barbara.

Sailormilan2
06-28-2011, 5:08 PM
Santa Barbara Mausers were imported as complete rifles, rifle kits(through Connecticut Valley Arms), and actions only. Santa Barbara also made receivers(and possibly other parts) for Parker Hale and other rifle makers in England.
The bolt handle is shaped differently than the handle of the Interarms MkX, in that it is basically the military bolt forged over for a low scope and then the top of the handle is ground flat for additional clearance. MkX handles have a sweep to the rear.
The SB made receivers are basically the same as the MkX receivers. No thumb notch and streamline bolt shroud. IIRC, the MkX receivers are usually D&T'd for a receiver sight, and SBs usually are not. SB action usually has "Made in Spain" or "Spain" stamped/molded into the side of the tang of the receiver.