Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

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Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Cal-ApeR » 12 Jun 2020, 7:18 pm

Looking at both rifles. One is cheaper than the other but they seem to be made in the same factory. What is the actually difference besides stock design?

Any owners able to give their review of either? Thinking 308. There is also a cerakote version of the Sauer but it seems there are reports the application is very ordinary.

Any advice on either rifle is appreciated, even better if it's in 308. Cheers
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Blr243 » 12 Jun 2020, 7:41 pm

My sauer is 243 ....it’s sub moa like they said it would be. It feels right. I really like the 3 position safety which is so definite safe or not safe esp operating in the dark ... I like the fact that when I arrive back at camp after a big night I can unload the rifle in the safe position ..... bolt never drags or catches when dirty ......ammo always feeds, no hang ups First poly mag I have ever owned. I like it. Locks in place properly ......it’s at home in the field and can be depended upon to drop whatever I point it at
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Bill » 12 Jun 2020, 8:04 pm

Mauser M18 is about 100gr lighter than the Sauer 100, pretty much the same rifle.

Barrels n action come off the same production line. Magazines the same double stack. trigger guard is part of the stock with the M18.

thats about it :thumbsup:
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Post by TassieTiger » 12 Jun 2020, 8:06 pm

I almost bought the M18 - but then I found out that Bill has one and thoughT screw that then!!!!. But seriously - thing that pointed me to Sauer in the very end, was the m18 plastic trigger - means very little to many, but in my op, I just think that’s not an area to cut $$$.
All my previous investigations said both were guaranteed accurate, smooth actions, light weight and well made for price point.
I’ve done various triggers on my other rifles, inc tikka - I am not touching the trigger on the sauer.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 12 Jun 2020, 8:14 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:Looking at both rifles. One is cheaper than the other but they seem to be made in the same factory. What is the actually difference besides stock design?

Any owners able to give their review of either? Thinking 308. There is also a cerakote version of the Sauer but it seems there are reports the application is very ordinary.

Any advice on either rifle is appreciated, even better if it's in 308. Cheers


I can speak for the Sauer 100XT.
Sub moa out of the box, mines in .223, loves Hornady TAP 60 grain. Nice looking. Yes the cerakote is ordinary, iv got a bit of discoloration in some spots, nothing to bad. Having some feeding issues which I'm working through, here's a link to the thread
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Cal-ApeR » 12 Jun 2020, 8:51 pm

TassieTiger wrote:I almost bought the M18 - but then I found out that Bill has one and thoughT screw that then!!!!. But seriously - thing that pointed me to Sauer in the very end, was the m18 plastic trigger - means very little to many, but in my op, I just think that’s not an area to cut $$$.
All my previous investigations said both were guaranteed accurate, smooth actions, light weight and well made for price point.
I’ve done various triggers on my other rifles, inc tikka - I am not touching the trigger on the sauer.
I’m very happy with my sauer.


Trigger is plastic or the guard is plastic? I wouldn't want a plastic trigger.....

Harry, has the cerakote peeled at all? How is it at the muzzle?
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by TassieTiger » 12 Jun 2020, 8:59 pm

Do a search - trigger is a composite
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Post by Bill » 12 Jun 2020, 9:04 pm

trigger guard is some sort of Polymer, pretty bloody tough. Its the ultra light rifle out of the Mauser/Sauer factory.

I paid only $865 for my 6.5x55 M18, only one in the country I believe :thumbsup: all the features I wanted at a great price :drinks:
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Post by TassieTiger » 12 Jun 2020, 9:07 pm

And the actual trigger itself Bill ? What’s that made of ??
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 12 Jun 2020, 9:10 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:
TassieTiger wrote:I almost bought the M18 - but then I found out that Bill has one and thoughT screw that then!!!!. But seriously - thing that pointed me to Sauer in the very end, was the m18 plastic trigger - means very little to many, but in my op, I just think that’s not an area to cut $$$.
All my previous investigations said both were guaranteed accurate, smooth actions, light weight and well made for price point.
I’ve done various triggers on my other rifles, inc tikka - I am not touching the trigger on the sauer.
I’m very happy with my sauer.


Trigger is plastic or the guard is plastic? I wouldn't want a plastic trigger.....

Harry, has the cerakote peeled at all? How is it at the muzzle?

Yeah at the muzzle
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Cal-ApeR » 12 Jun 2020, 9:10 pm

I really like the mauser and am leaning toward it. I want something that will last but I have limited funds. I don't want to have to change stocks etc so these two are my choices. I was unaware of the plastic trigger. Hmmmm.

Bill, how does the trigger blade feel? Did it feel strong like the trigger guard? Also, what size groups can your M18 shoot? Any sample targets?
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Post by TassieTiger » 12 Jun 2020, 9:18 pm

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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Cal-ApeR » 12 Jun 2020, 10:04 pm

Harry that's no good.. If it makes you feel better, my howa cane factory cerakoted and is doing the same. Little bit of rust. Going to tidy it up with drive steel wool and perhaps try blue it.

Bill, your swaying me......
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Bill » 12 Jun 2020, 10:24 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:I really like the mauser and am leaning toward it. I want something that will last but I have limited funds. I don't want to have to change stocks etc so these two are my choices. I was unaware of the plastic trigger. Hmmmm.

Bill, how does the trigger blade feel? Did it feel strong like the trigger guard? Also, what size groups can your M18 shoot? Any sample targets?


Trigger is fantastic mate, very minimal movement and very consistent.

Plenty of online reviews, 5 shot moa accuracy, great trigger and flush 5 shot mag. If you like timber go a Sauer otherwise go handle a M18, not everyones cup of tea but I like mine. Ive done limited reloading but it easily went sub MOA with my crap hand press.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FDTCgKvq9w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-fcTUmQKXo

trigger is Polymer, no idea what the sear is, might just pull it apart, either way its a very nice crisp break.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 12 Jun 2020, 10:27 pm

If i was reading this thread and hadn't bought either id probably go for the Mauser taking price into consideration.
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Post by TassieTiger » 12 Jun 2020, 10:37 pm

Harry that flaking you have isn’t normal from what I’ve seen - you sure you haven’t left a corrosive on there?

There is very little difference between the two.
The polymer trigger is neither here nor there but it annoys bill when I bring it up lol.
The extra weight of the sauer is reportedly from additional reinforcement of the stock.
My 30:06 is amazingly accurate .5 moa with 168gns BUT the barrel was a bitch to run in - coppering up for the first hundred plus rounds - it never effected accuracy but was annoying as hell. It’s settled now and is my go to deer stalker.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 13 Jun 2020, 6:23 am

TassieTiger wrote:Harry that flaking you have isn’t normal from what I’ve seen - you sure you haven’t left a corrosive on there?

There is very little difference between the two.
The polymer trigger is neither here nor there but it annoys bill when I bring it up lol.
The extra weight of the sauer is reportedly from additional reinforcement of the stock.
My 30:06 is amazingly accurate .5 moa with 168gns BUT the barrel was a bitch to run in - coppering up for the first hundred plus rounds - it never effected accuracy but was annoying as hell. It’s settled now and is my go to deer stalker.


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It happened fairly early in the peice, the chipping that is...and when it comes to bore cleaners, iv used hoppes 9 and hoppes copper anti foul, not very corrosive from what iv gathered.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Strangedog » 13 Jun 2020, 10:45 am

I've got a Sauer XT .308 and am very happy with it. Sub moa, handles well even though the stock is longer than my other rifles, I actually shoot really well off hand with it. Like the double stack mag and it came with a spare. Trigger is nice. Safety very nice. I have one issue with some binding of rounds when cycling the action, but this only happens if you work the action slowly while pointing the rifle upwards.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 13 Jun 2020, 12:05 pm

Strangedog wrote:I've got a Sauer XT .308 and am very happy with it. Sub moa, handles well even though the stock is longer than my other rifles, I actually shoot really well off hand with it. Like the double stack mag and it came with a spare. Trigger is nice. Safety very nice. I have one issue with some binding of rounds when cycling the action, but this only happens if you work the action slowly while pointing the rifle upwards.

You got a spare mag? Lucky man
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Cal-ApeR » 13 Jun 2020, 1:05 pm

Strangedog wrote:I've got a Sauer XT .308 and am very happy with it. Sub moa, handles well even though the stock is longer than my other rifles, I actually shoot really well off hand with it. Like the double stack mag and it came with a spare. Trigger is nice. Safety very nice. I have one issue with some binding of rounds when cycling the action, but this only happens if you work the action slowly while pointing the rifle upwards.


Good to hear you like it. Is that the blued version?
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Peter988 » 13 Jun 2020, 1:23 pm

Very happy with my 223. It was the sub moa guarantee that had me choose the Sauer over Tika.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Strangedog » 13 Jun 2020, 8:58 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:
Strangedog wrote:I've got a Sauer XT .308 and am very happy with it. Sub moa, handles well even though the stock is longer than my other rifles, I actually shoot really well off hand with it. Like the double stack mag and it came with a spare. Trigger is nice. Safety very nice. I have one issue with some binding of rounds when cycling the action, but this only happens if you work the action slowly while pointing the rifle upwards.


Good to hear you like it. Is that the blued version?

Yep synthetic stock and blued. Blueing is nice.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 13 Jun 2020, 10:49 pm

Sauer 100XT @ 200m
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by Harrynsw » 20 Jun 2020, 4:13 pm

Cal-ApeR wrote:Looking at both rifles. One is cheaper than the other but they seem to be made in the same factory. What is the actually difference besides stock design?

Any owners able to give their review of either? Thinking 308. There is also a cerakote version of the Sauer but it seems there are reports the application is very ordinary.

Any advice on either rifle is appreciated, even better if it's in 308. Cheers


How did you go bud? Did you narrow it down ? Or go for something else completely?
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by bignose88 » 24 Jun 2020, 1:14 pm

I have the Sauer 100 Classic in Timber, it's an awesome rifle and very well made. I would highly recommend it. Sauer have been making firearms since 1751, they know what they are doing.

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Post by Harrynsw » 24 Jun 2020, 1:47 pm

bignose88 wrote:I have the Sauer 100 Classic in Timber, it's an awesome rifle and very well made. I would highly recommend it. Sauer have been making firearms since 1751, they know what they are doing.

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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by TassieTiger » 24 Jun 2020, 1:49 pm

Harrynsw wrote:Sauer 100XT @ 200m


Pretty amazing - take away the high left shot and you have 1/2 moa with remaining shots. Not bad shootin there Mr Harry, not bad at all :-)
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Post by Harrynsw » 24 Jun 2020, 4:10 pm

TassieTiger wrote:
Harrynsw wrote:Sauer 100XT @ 200m


Pretty amazing - take away the high left shot and you have 1/2 moa with remaining shots. Not bad shootin there Mr Harry, not bad at all :-)


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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by safeshot » 29 Jun 2020, 9:20 pm

I will stick to my Yugoslav Mauser m48. no plastic solid steel.
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Re: Mauser M18 vs Sauer 100

Post by TassieTiger » 29 Jun 2020, 10:22 pm

safeshot wrote:I will stick to my Yugoslav Mauser m48. no plastic solid steel.


Except those results above are from a 3kg walk around rifle and your M48 needs a wheelbarrow with good psi in its tyres :D
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