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what you did not make 100% clear is :1 what you mean by drilled thru the receiver - did you mean drilled all the way thru the receiver and barrel into the chamber ?? lots of gunsmiths drill thru the top of the receiver and partly into the barrell when installing mounts - its almost normal - so what was really done to yours? 2 what type of welding - gas or electric (mig tig arc) ? imho no sure answer could be given without those details - eg a minor spot of elec (arc) weld just to close off a drill hole should not put sufficient heat into the metal to change it and in any case the exterior of the mauser action is very soft - its the inner lock up area that is critical - on the other hand a gas weld would be a def no no and almost certainly raise major safety concerns due to the amount of temp and time the action is heated - for example late war 98k and VG sights were welded on to the barrels so that indicates how the welding is done is the key to knowing if safety is compromised or not not unless you iknow the facts and are savvy better go see a gunsmithMG85 a bit OT- the LW barrels are button rifled ? do you find they prefer 198-200 gr proj or are ok with 150 gr also?
 
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