Strange (to me) Mauser 98
I bought a custom made rifle at a local gun shop a few years ago. Beautiful workmanship. The recent post on checkering on laminated stocks made me think of it. The stock is made of 1/8" Walnut strips and nicely checkered with "super grade" type swivels installed. A lot of action work was done including a model 70 style safety, FN type floor plate release button, jeweled bolt, Timney trigger. It is a "short" action with the 3.225 magazine box and rebarreled to .350 Remington Magnum and magnaported. Some one spent a lot of time on this rifle and some one spent a lot of money on it, too. An odd thing is the markings: They are not in ordinary letters. The receiver rail is marked (as near as I can type) NPEAY3EhE 44. But the N is more of an upside down U, the A is twice as large as the rest of the letters, and the h has a line across the top. The left side of the receiver ring is marked with a circle with a vertical line through it followed by HJP. The right side of the receiver ring has a 4 didget serial number preceded by an upside down L. It has a scope base so I see no sign of a crest. I have it on my inventory list as "Serbian"; I don't remember why. Anybody know where this action was made and for what country?