Bought a Mauser Sporter on Layaway a while back in Bozeman Mt. Was supposed to be a 8MM. I really did'nt look at it close as he wanted $1200 and I just said I'll give you $500 on layaway. I knew the guy from other pawn shops in Butte Mt. He said I'll check and came back and said ok. I was in a hurry as I was taking my Dad to a Doctor appointment. When I picked it up to my surprise it was a 9X57. OK even better. Then I noticed I missed the barrel had been set back. It is chambered to 358 Winchester. Shoots well and I got it at a good price so no complaints. This morning I noticed it has the Nazi eagle on the back of the bolt handle. I saw in a Mauser book when one has this mark here it was pressed into German service as a sniper rifle. Anyone know for sure? Sure wish I had the scope and claw mounts. I could'nt get a clear picture of the marking.