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One point I forgot to mention. Regardless of the steel used to produce a Mauser, it wasn't merely the steel that made Mauser's strong. They were heat treated with a hardened surface that acted as a hard skin to prevent wear and bear the design parameter loads, while the less hardened core resisted shattering. This along with the design was it's strength. When better steels came along it just made a great action better. When choosing an action check that the bolt doesn't show any 'setback' in the receiver. The hardened surface is only a few thousandths deep and so lapping the bolt when installing a barrel can take some or all of this hardened surface away. That may make for a shorter life span of the action. Choose well in the first place and you'll likely be fine.
I agree with Paul B, I have several FN actions and they are really nice too. You can often find them on gunbroker. JC Higgins, some H&R's, and others used those actions. The commercial FN (Supreme & Deluxe) lack the stripper clip thumb notch (that also served as a gas escape route on the military Mausers) on the left receiver wall so the stockmaker can make a nice straight line on the stock to the bolt stop.