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Old 05-09-2013, 03:49 AM   #1
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I was at the local gun store and I saw a tag labelled "Mauser 98" and for $175. I assume it is a great deal even for being sporterized, so I bought it. This was kind of an impulse buy considering I did almost a years worth of Swiss K-31 research and appreciation before deciding to buy one. Anyway I don't know a great deal about it or some of the important information I should know, so here are my questions . Thanks for all answers!!! MOST IMPORTANT is: Given it says Model 98 on the side of the receiver, which 8mm cartridge does it shoot and where would I find cheap ammo? Because it says 43 on the top of the receiver, is that the year it made? How good of condition is it judging by the pictures? based on your personal opinions, do you think I should get the stock they were originally made with? Please don't argue on the last question. Thanks



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Old 05-09-2013, 04:20 AM   #2
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I think if the barrel wasn't cut down and everything else is in order, I would get the original stock. But that's just me. I did it with a sporterized 03 Springfield. I would have paid $175 for it. Last year I seen them for $350 sporterized. In a little better condition.

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bnz is the factory code for the Steyer factory in Austria under NAZI control. They turned out fine rifles. Whoever "bubba'd" that rifle needs to be flogged.

Since it has not been drilled and tapped for scope mount and the barrel seems to be original length, I would consider trying to return it to the original stock configuration.

The correct ammo is 7.92 X 57 JS (.323 bore)

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if I was mine I would do whatever I could to return it to its original configuration as robocop suggested and use that stock to stake tomato plants.

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BHawks,

I agree with Sting. I would try to find an original stock for it if possible. It would increase the value and the personal value. When I was 14-16 and working in a gun shop after school owned by an old family friend. I started buying old military rifles for around $30 -$35 including some 98Ks and some Springfields, sporterizing them and selling them for $75.00 to $125.00. Not bad money for a kid! I Modified the stocks a little better than the one in the picture for sure. Then drilled and tapped the receivers for scope mounts. Now I could KMA! for doing it. I was trashing history and forever ruining great rifles. So as I said, if it were mine, I would certainly try to locate a correct period stock for it.
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The correct ammo is 7.92 X 57 JS (.323 bore)
This or some call it 8mm Mauser
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bnz is the factory code for the Steyer factory in Austria under NAZI control. They turned out fine rifles. Whoever "bubba'd" that rifle needs to be flogged.

Since it has not been drilled and tapped for scope mount and the barrel seems to be original length, I would consider trying to return it to the original stock configuration.

The correct ammo is 7.92 X 57 JS (.323 bore)
Thanks, do you know where I could find a stock for a decent price?
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This or some call it 8mm Mauser
Does this mean I could shoot either one?
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I don't know where you can get one right off the top of my head but I'll be on the lookout for one. You might try Gun Parts Corp. and Sarco. I'll check Shotgun News and see if there is anything listed there. Good luck.

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I don't know where you can get one right off the top of my head but I'll be on the lookout for one. You might try Gun Parts Corp. and Sarco. I'll check Shotgun News and see if there is anything listed there. Good luck.
Thank you very much, but you don't have to do that. I can look around too, but that is greatly appreciated that you offered.
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