How well does a Yugoslavian 24/47 Mauser shoot?


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offthepaper
October 5, 2009, 09:35 PM
Was looking at a Yugoslavian 24/47 Mauser last week and thought I might add one to my C&R collection. It seemed as well made as my M48.
My question is how well do they shoot in comparrison to a M48? Is there any substantial difference between the two, or is the biggest difference the bent bolt? I was thinking of ordering one from J&G's for $149. Has anyone seen one of their recent ones?
thanks

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NCsmitty
October 5, 2009, 10:07 PM
The 24/47 is usually noted as having a little better machined action and is smoother than the M48 but they are both medium length actions and usually shoot well if they have good barrels.
They work well for conversion to 308 based rounds if a custom is desired.
It's nice to be able check out the rifle in person but J&G is a good company to order from.
I would grab one before they disappear.


NCsmitty

SlamFire1
October 6, 2009, 10:06 AM
I have an original Yugo M27, 95%, and several of the M48 rebuilds. With new barrels.

The rebuilt M48's all have had awful bedding. I would suspect the M27/48 are the same. After bedding, I can't tell much of a on target difference.

You have the same basic sights, untuned triggers, steel buttplate, and 8 mm ammo.

So what do you expect, a target rifle?. These are service rifles and will shoot around 3 to 4 MOA with service ammo. Luck of the draw determines if you get a better barrel or not, but none of these barrels are target barrels.

Just pick the one that has the best barrel, then go for matching parts.

Yo Mama
October 6, 2009, 10:16 AM
I love mine, first rifle I owned. With that said, I'm unable to shoot it like I want as ammo is really expensive if it's current factory loads, or mil surplus with hard primers and unreliable.

If you reload, you're good to go.

Accuracy? Mine is better than I am.

Mr_Pale_Horse
October 6, 2009, 10:16 AM
Between the M24/47, M48, M48A, M48B, and M48BO there is no comparison. Late M48A, B and BO were made from scratch when the Yugos had their process down and were in high rate production. They are so much better inletted, fitted and finished. About the only ping on them is their stocks are somewhat and oversized.

Olympus
October 6, 2009, 10:21 AM
They shoot like a WWII era military rifle...expect minute of body accuracy. :D

Col. Plink
October 6, 2009, 10:25 AM
How do they compare with VZ-24's? I have a Nazi 'contract' example built for the Romanians when the Reich still had the upper hand and all the resources.

migz
October 6, 2009, 10:32 AM
j and g sales are great to deal with, but widener's has the 24/47 for cheaper ($129). You can't go wrong with either company

http://wideners.com/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=7007&dir=700|701

Mauserguy
October 6, 2009, 12:16 PM
The Yugo m24-47 rifles are better built than the m48 series, but the quality of individual rifles will, of course, vary considerably. I have an M24-47, and I have to say it's a fantastic rifle. I think that the barrels are pretty stiff, maybe since they are cut down. At any rate, if the rifle otherwise meets your needs, then get it and be happy with it.
Cheers,
Mauserguy

nathan
October 6, 2009, 12:39 PM
Its a misnomer or whoever made that comment that M 24.47 shoots better than M 48 variants. They are all the same as long you do your part. 2-3 inch groups at 100 yds are the best of these rifles. Smaller than that are the exceptions.

TRigger control plays a big part in accurate shooting. Type of ammo too and condition of barrel and crown. Always get the one with excellent bore and you are set.

Horsemany
October 6, 2009, 04:41 PM
Off a good rest mine will shoot scary well with old egyptian surplus ammo. It actually shot better than my handloads. The surplus stuff is HOT but gave me honest to goodness 1.5 -1" groups. I took the target into the gunshop I bought it from and his jaw dropped. Original sights

Speedo66
October 6, 2009, 05:44 PM
I have an original Yugo M27, 95%, and several of the M48 rebuilds. With new barrels.

The rebuilt M48's all have had awful bedding. I would suspect the M27/48 are the same. After bedding, I can't tell much of a on target difference.

You have the same basic sights, untuned triggers, steel buttplate, and 8 mm ammo.

So what do you expect, a target rifle?. These are service rifles and will shoot around 3 to 4 MOA with service ammo. Luck of the draw determines if you get a better barrel or not, but none of these barrels are target barrels.

Just pick the one that has the best barrel, then go for matching parts.

Swedish Mausers were service rifles too, and they pretty much all will do a heck of a lot better than that. Same for M14s.

If that gun doesn't shoot well, it's not just because it's a "service" rifle.

offthepaper
October 7, 2009, 02:18 PM
j and g sales are great to deal with, but widener's has the 24/47 for cheaper ($129). You can't go wrong with either company


Thanks for the link to Wideners. I'm wondering if one dealers rifles would be in better condition than the others. Has anyone ordered the 24/47 from either, and how satisfied were you with the rifle they sent you?

JonB
October 7, 2009, 04:41 PM
Mine shoots 3-4" groups at 100yrds with Yugo surplus. Issue I have is that 3-4" group is high and way left. Front sight is a bugger to move so I just haven't done it yet ;-)

Cypress
October 7, 2009, 10:11 PM
I ordered one from Wideners a while back and it arrived in GOOD condition and shoots around 3 MOA.

ChronoCube
October 8, 2009, 02:35 AM
I have a bunch of 24/47s that I am selling... a few of which I have tested out. (See trading post if interested) I shot about 3-4" 5rd groups at 100 yards, and that was my first time shooting beyond 50 yards too! One notable group had a horiz. spread of 3", but 3/5 shots were lined up vertically almost perfectly. And this rifle had a bore that looks like it has seen some use.

They sure do shoot high though... make sure to compensate for elevation. :)

Deckard
October 8, 2009, 03:16 AM
One of my buddy's father used one while serving in the Croatian army, the guy is only in his late 40s and was using a bolt action during his enlistment, but hell its Eastern Europe anything goes I guess. He has nothing but praise for it, says he could shoot with reliable accuracy to 300m. My local gun shop has a few dozen of them still in cosmoline and if I weren't so broke I'd be really tempted.

tube_ee
October 8, 2009, 03:34 PM
shoots around 1.5-2" with commercial (S&B) ammo, 1.25 - 15" with handloads it likes. That's in the military stock, but scoped. I'd expect that, when he gets it into the Richard's thumbhole, with solid bedding and fully-floated barrel, it should get close to an inch.

Nice gun.

Don't assess the accuracy of any surplus rifle with the GI sights and surplus ammo... in the heat of battle, good enough was good enough, and volume of fire (and thus volume of ammo produced) was more important than accuracy.

But there's nothing in the construction of a 24/47 that would lead it to be limited to the 3-4 MOA that most get with surplus ammo and battle sights.

It ain't the gun.

--Shannon

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