Mausers are fun to play with. I got into the Turk mausers - can't seem to get away from them (not trying real hard either). Have had Czech mausers, Yugo mausers and a few in between but have decided I pretty much like the Turks the best.
Though I am trading a Yugo mauser for a sporterized german mauser - sporterized I don't tend to feel so bad about doing things to as I do stock ones.
I have two Mausers A Long one (Turkish) an a 48 Yugo. The Yugo was in cosmoline. Ammo is cheap and Corrosive so clean the bore with 1/3 amonia and 2/3 water after use. If you don't the bore will rust like crazy. These things pack a big punch. If you want to hide from one you better make it thick. I have shot through flywheels with steel stuff....
I got into Mausers a while back too. I've had experience with a M48 Yugo, a VZ-24, and a German JP Saur K98k. The M48 was a cleanup- I never did shoot it. The VZ-24 was rough so I had to change out some parts and refinish- I shot it, it was okay but the POI was way high. The K98k shot the better of the two and didn't need refinishing. The K98k is also the easiest to strip and reassemble.
Actually picked up my first Yugo M48 this weekend. I'm still in the process of cleaning it up. All the metal parts are degreased, cleaned, and oiled. I'm now working on the stock. Stripped it down and sanded it. Polyurathane is on the inside drying as I type and tomorrow I'm going to start rubbing in some of Culver's Magic Formula (1/3 BLO, 1/3 Beeswax, 1/3 Turpentine cooked up and cooled into a paste) on it. I'll see about posting some pics when I get it done.
The receiver seems absolutely solid, and down the road I may think about rebarreling it to .257 Roberts, .308, or 30-06 and turn it into a sporter.
SO2315, I just thought of something. Have you noticed the stock markings to know whether they're pre-1938 (Weimar eagles) or post-'38 (dirtybird swastika)? Reason I asked is my '43 JP Saur is in a pre-'38 stock with a flat buttplate.
Those are lot numbers put there by the barrel manufacturer...actually nothing uncommon. There are a lot of variety in them on German K98's...some factories made their own barrels, but most also used contracted barrels by other steel makers. The '40' indicates the barrel was made in 1940 whgich is correct for a 41 dated rifle...
I have a German Mauser from 1940. Good shooter, I only use old German Army surplus ammo from 1939. The rest of the time I use Turk 8mm ammo. Some info on my Mauser...
Small hand guard stamped 979.
Laminated stock stamped 386 under barrel section.
Butt plate stamped 386/Pwc.
Receiver ring stamped 42 over 1940, there is a "X" on the left of the receiver ring, which is a Soviet crossed rifles capture marking. left side 8545 over ff, then on the right side there are 3 sets of the eagle over 655 Waffenamts inspection markings. The "655" on the ejector box identifies it as having been inspected at Mauser Oberndorf between 1939 and 1941.
Barrel stamped left side 8545 over ff, under the barrel is stamped 39N439, then 3 sets of the eagle over 955 Waffenamts inspection markings again.
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