What are the differences in an original Kar98k and a Russian capture?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sputnik1988, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I know that the stocks are covered in shellac and that there is an X on the reciever. Other than that I'm very unfamiliar.

    Thanks for any information.


    Also, what type of finish is correct and would it be a good idea to restore it to original configuration?
     
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  2. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    Come on guys, 20 views and no replies??? Somebody's gotta know something. :confused:
     

  3. jpattersonnh

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    Soviet captures are miss matched, covered in a funky black paint, no capture screws, no front sight hood. Some can be great shooters and a fine example of a K98k. Stocks are usually incorrect also as every part was tossed into piles and rifles were built out of them. Sorry, I work Sundays.

    The more correct parts the better. If you find one that is 1940 or earlier, a flat butt plate would be correct, later a cupped buttplate was used. They changed from arsenal to arsenal.
     
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  4. sputnik1988

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    Not a problem, I wouldnt mind working a few Sundays at this point.

    I've got 2 questions. What do you mean by incorrect stocks and what in the world is a capture screw?
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    OK, Stocks on pre war and early war rifles were Walnut w/ flat butt plates, about 1941 give or take a few months either way depending on the arsenal, they went to a laminate stock w/ a cupped butt plate. Many post war and early war rifles went to the Eastern front and were captured, so many variants where there. Capture screws are to put it simply small screws that keep bigger screws from moving. These are Yugo rifles, but if you look at the screws forward of the mag you can see 2.
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  6. sputnik1988

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    Good info, I always wondered why that screw overlaps.

    In your opinion, would it be detrimental to the overall value to refinish the stock and possibly re-blue the action if the finish is worn quite a bit?

    My local gunshop has a 1945 k98 in nearly mint condition but he said its french, it has a star before the serial number and no German markings, are you familiar with this model? He wants about $500 for it.
     
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    Russian captures beg to have the paint striped off. If you are looking for the correct stock, let me know. depending on what you have a trade may work. A buddy of mine is a huge collector and dealer in K98 snipers. He has stocks stacked like cord wood. I can tell you where to get an original sight hood also for cheap $.
     
  8. sputnik1988

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    Awesome, thanks. I'm getting my tax check this week hopefully, so ill check at the shop to see if they still have any RC 98s in stock. I'll be sure to let you know if I pick one up.