Progress Report: My sorta-Bubba'd Pseudo-Scout


Smokey Joe
March 7, 2009, 09:55 PM
Been working on this one for a while, and feel I owe y'all some kind of report. Bought a Yugo Mauser M-48 some years back, and decided that it didn't need to stay in its military configuration. Sooo...what to do to it??

After shooting it a few times, it was obvious that the military sights and trigger had to go. Fortunately, the Timney Trigger for a Mauser k98K fits an M-48. Having installed Timneys before with success, that was a no-brainer. (Any part that depends on the length of the receiver for fit, will NOT thus interchange.)

I'd been reading about Col. Cooper's "Scout Rifle," and had learned that forward-mounted 'scopes didn't get in the way of using stripper clips. Also, the forward mount doesn't require drilling & tapping the receiver. When I happened on a B-Square 'scope mount base made to fit on the M-48's rear sight base, that was that. Got the base, got a 2.5x Leupold "Scout 'Scope," screwed on the base, mounted the 'scope, and Voila!

(At that time there was only the Leupold or the Burris Scout 'Scope. Price was about the same, so went with the "name.")

Now, what to mount the thing in?? Boyd's Gunstocks didn't have M-48 stocks in their catalogue yet, but a 'phone call to Boyd's assured me that they were just coming out with a "Target Varmint" stock for the M-48. So that was what I ordered. In retrospect, I'd have been better off with a lighter stock, had Boyd's had one available.

For the stock work, I ordered a Brownell's Acra-Gel kit. Got wood finishing supplies locally, including several grits of sandpaper and a spray-can of ordinary hardware store satin spar varnish. Boyd's will sell you all this, but buying local saved a few $$.

When the package came from Boyd's I got to work. The fit of the stock to receiver was marvellous. Hogged out a couple of areas so the Acra-Gel would have a place to be. Had to relieve the barrel channel to accomodate the typical Mauser stepped barrel, and frankly I overdid it. Well, live & learn.

Having shaped the stock, I proceeded to 'glass it. Had done one glass-bedding job previous, but was still nervous. Followed the directions & put modelling clay in all screw-holes, etc, then coated the receiver with release compound. ALWAYS PUT ENOUGH RELEASE COMPOUND ON ALL PARTS OF THE GUN!!!! Followed that up with dabs of grease any place I wasn't sure of. Applied the Acra-Gel; gently installed the barrel/receiver and the trigger guard. Then instead of screwing them together (and risking getting the screws in the epoxy) I wrapped the whole thing with several turns of surgical rubber tubing--Worked just like a giant rubber band.

Acra-Gel went basically in 2 areas: the recoil plate area at the front of the receiver, and the tang area. Brownell's included directions for the glassing with their stock, and their directions were helpful.

When the 'Gel was set, I nervously disassembled everything--nothing was stuck together, whew! Then it was wood finishing time.

Any woodworker will tell you that the sanding is the most tedious part of any wood project. It's true. Sanded the stock coarse. Sanded the stock fine. Sanded the stock finer. Dampened the stock to "raise the grain," sanded it fine and then finer again. Sprayed on a coat of varnish & let dry. Sanded it all off. Ditto again. Ditto again. Then began letting the varnish build up a little with each coat. After Coat #7 I did not sand, and called it done. All this glassing and sanding and varnishing probably took me 2 weeks, at an hour or 2 a day.

Finally! Everything gets assembled, and it actually looks like a rifle! Finished off the stock with a set of quick-release sling swivels and a rough-leather sling. Below are some "after" pix, and some results.

Pix SHOULD be in this order:
Yugom03: view of R side of rifle.
Yugom07: view of L side of rifle with box of handloads. I did develop a load which works pretty well in this rifle, but that's another story.
Yugom08: Target showing trying 3 different ammo's.
Yugom09: Fire-forming brass, 100 yd, Pseudo-Scout assembled.
Yugom10: Took it out earlier this week to re-check the ammo. I think the load and the rifle are keepers. Will be taking them to TX this summer to hunt feral hogs. (Yes, the target says "2008" not "2009". Oops.)

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March 8, 2009, 05:10 PM
Now that is inspiration for my m48. I don't know if I can cut it up though. Nicely done.

Smokey Joe
March 9, 2009, 10:58 AM
22 L. R.--Thankyou! As to "cutting it up," though, what I meant by "sorta-Bubba'd" was that everything I did was reversible--There are no permanent changes to the M-48. I could take all the "improvements" off, replace the military components, and have it right back where it started.

Frankly, I'm considering taking the final step and making a permanent change: to have the receiver drilled & tapped for 'scope mounts, and installing a permanent, "regular style" 'scope. Have not done it yet, and mebbe I won't.

We'll see how she does on the piggies.

Thx for commenting.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 9, 2009, 11:13 AM
Results on paper look reeeeeeeeal good! :)

Smokey Joe
March 22, 2009, 02:25 AM
Referred to this thread, so am bumping it up.

Smokey Joe
April 12, 2009, 01:11 PM

April 12, 2009, 01:43 PM
How do you like the Scout Scope?
Do you have trouble viewing through it?

I have a German K98 and have been thinking about doing this, but I'm a little nervous because, from what I've read, the scout scope doesn't help much over iron sights..

I was thinking of using the (original, repro) ZF41 scout scope, which is 2.5x as well.

Smokey Joe
April 12, 2009, 06:18 PM
Dragk 913--I like the scout 'scope fine. It is MUCH easier to line up than irons. It looks like you'd have trouble seeing through it, because it is so far out there on the rifle, but no, it works just like it is supposed to. The low magnification (2.5x) helps that, I suppose; were the magnification significantly higher it would definitely be hard to find your target and line it up in the crosshairs.

the scout scope doesn't help much over iron sightsFiddlesticks!!

Good luck with yr ZF 41. I have no knowledge of that model.

April 12, 2009, 09:45 PM
While I have been able to take similar rifles and get about .85 groups with the irons, I'm also on the younger end of the age spectrum, and can deal with the irons.

That being said, your rifle looks spiffy for its intended purpose. Methinks that if you keep tweaking that load, you'll have an even better tackdriver on your hands.

April 12, 2009, 09:56 PM
That rifle isn't bubba'd, it's custom. That's a good looking rifle. You should add a receiver-mounted rear sight to it and have yourself a nice set of backup sights.

April 12, 2009, 10:01 PM
Love it.... I agree with the lighter stock, that is what I would think is needed. I will say you did a great job on that stock.

Thanks for the inspirtation, this is exactly a project I was looking to do.

April 12, 2009, 10:10 PM
Thanks a lot for the info Smokey!
You've relieved everything that was holding me back..well, except money:)

I'm not sure why I didn't say it earlier, your rifle looks amazing. I love the stock, and have to agree w/RevolvingCylinder: That rifle isn't bubba'd, it's custom.

PS: The ZF41 is the scout scope the Germans used in WWII. People mostly use them to keep the rifle looking original-ish.

Smokey Joe
April 13, 2009, 10:22 AM
Thank you all for your very kind words! They are appreciated.

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