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Joshua M. Smith 08-18-2011 10:53 PM

What's This Thing? G88? Please Tell Me Everything You Know... Thanks!

I got it in my head today that I wanted a Mauser. I went to a few gunstores and they all wanted around $400 to $600 for one. Nope. All had bent bolt handles, too, and I wanted a straight one, being a lefty and all.

So I saw this thing in my favorite gunstore. Said "Amberg 88" or some danged thing on it. It had been sitting there for the better part of the year.

The gunstore owner said he wanted to see it gone, and he'd make me a deal. It had rust in the bore but looked OK overall.

I called up a friend who knows some about these things, told me some of what to check for. I told the gunstore owner that I'd have to come back for it after doing some research as I didn't know if it would be a wall hanger or a shooter, though I do like a project.

He told me that I know how he dislikes old milsurps. I know... too much research to find their value. He also knows how I like a project and to make an offer. I told him I didn't feel right doing so because I'd likely insult him.

He said he was thinking 50 bucks.

Not to pass up a deal, I came back with "How about 25?"




"Sold!" says I. $37.50 out the door.

I got it home and pulled it apart. One dent, very little surface rust -- just one spot on what appeared to be a hood on the barrel. The barrel was pristine under that hood. I had been afraid maybe it was rusted through.

Happily, it was not.

I was pushing what looked like mud out of the barrel, and after liberal amounts of Fluid Film and bore brushes wrapped in steel wool, it started to shine.

Not the best bore I've ever seen, but far from the worst. I've seen worse bores on Mosin-Nagants shoot well.

Here are some pics:

G88 pictures by WabashShootist - Photobucket

Now, only a couple questions are of very great importance to me: What the bloody hell is a G88, and what ammo do I shoot from it? 7.92 Mauser? I wanna make noise! :D



Hawg 08-18-2011 11:10 PM

Gewehr 88, commission rifle. 7.92X57

alsaqr 08-18-2011 11:15 PM

That is the first German service rifle to use smokeless powder. The gun has a jacket around the barrel. The G88 had a .318 bore. The German army later went to a .323 bore. Modern 8X57 ammo is made for a .323 bore: Do not shoot that ammo in a gun with a .318 bore. Some of the G88 guns were rebored for .323 and issued to German troops in WWI and WWII.

BTW: You stole that nice gun. Shame, shame.:D

Joshua M. Smith 08-18-2011 11:19 PM

Thanks folks.

How did I steal it? What's its approximate value?

Where do I get proper ammo for it? I'll end up reloading as I am set up for the 7.62x54R already, but popping a few off to get a feel for it would sure be nice until the dies and such arrive!



neilage66 08-19-2011 01:13 AM

Here is good people.

Joshua M. Smith 08-19-2011 01:39 AM

Thank you.

I just slugged it four times to be sure -- it seems that the lead comes out to 0.310" x 0.316", but it's tighter at the muzzle.

To be sure, I took a 0.310" bullet (I reload for the Mosin-Nagant) and it just barely rode the lands most of the way down, then dropped.

If I'm reading things right, the throat was opened up, but maybe not the barrel, and the 0.32x" bullet swages down safely.

Or, I could be wrong.

Do I need to find 0.318" bullets?

Thank you,


jpattersonnh 08-19-2011 02:16 AM

If it is re-bore for .323 it should be stamped w/ an S on the receiver. You need .318 bullets w/ the slug you have.

Joshua M. Smith 08-19-2011 02:31 AM

Thank you JPatterson. Problem is, it is stamped with an S.

That's what I'm not quite getting.



jpattersonnh 08-19-2011 10:07 AM

I'll mic one tonight and let you know!

Joshua M. Smith 08-19-2011 01:57 PM

Thanks! That would be most helpful Sir.


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