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Johannsen Mini Action

Johannsen Mini

When the M 98 action was developed at the end of the 19th century, the small rifle cartridges so common today, such as .222 Remington and .223 Remington, had not entered the market yet. They were mainly developed after WWII.

The standard and short versions of the Mauser M 98 bolt action cannot be operated with .223 Remington cartridges due to their small cartridge head. On the other hand, hunters are understandably very much interested in using the undisputed advantages of the M 98 action with these cartridges. Among the key benefits of the M 98 action are its long horizontal extractor, its genuine 3-position safety and last but not least its extreme operational reliability.

When we developed our M 98 Mini Action at Johannsens, we did not simply shorten the receiver and scale down its diameter. Instead, we slimmed down the entire action. This implied scaling down the diameter of the bolt compared with the other action sizes. As a consequence of the receiver being narrower, the front and rear square bridges are also smaller. Therefore, the square bridges of the Mini Action cannot accommodate the bases for the traditional EAW pivot mount. The customer can choose between a dovetail prism and the exceptionally sturdy and elegant Talley mount.

The M 98 Mini Action is the right choice for easy-to-handle and lightweight rifles used during the closed season or for roe deer hunting. It can also be used to build high-quality varmint rifles in small calibres. This rifle type is very popular in the US and offers a combination of hunting stock and medium match barrel. The optimal solution for varmint hunting is a hunting rifle with the accuracy of a match rifle. We are pleased to meet these requirements by offering a rifle based on the M 98 Mini Action. Varmint-type rifles are also very popular among sports marksmen as accurate shooting competitions have been booming these last years.


Action length
192 mm (7.56")

Diameter at the receiver head
31 mm (1.22")

.17 Hornet, .22 Hornet, .221 Fireball, .222 Remington, .17 Remington, .223 Remington.

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