WHOAA....Yugo M48!!


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Archangel14
December 8, 2012, 11:18 AM
Okay dudes, as some of you more astute posters may know, I've decided to buy a Christmas lever action for those situations where some of our fellow "citizens" have decided to band together and come take my stuff after a major event, such as a huge hurricane, earthquake, or the post-election of a Marxist president.

BUT I went to the range today with an old Yugo M48 that I had in the safe. I bought it as a fixer-upper, and must say that I did a good job. Any hoo, shot it today for the first time and can report that it is balls on....and I mean BALLS ON DEAD ACCURATE. I was very surprised. At 50 to 100 I was hitting center target with no difficulty. Solid rifle, I must say.

SO....do I still get the lever action? I'm thinking NO. But I want your opinions. I want them, and I want them forthwith without much diversion into other topics, like "what's the best rifle for killing pythons"? Or "I have a .416 Rigby...should I use it on crows?" Thanks!!!

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Devonai
December 8, 2012, 11:27 AM
I'm jealous, both my friend and I had lousy accuracy with our Yugos. I sold mine, but my friend put a scout-style scope on his and he's happy with it.

If you're getting good accuracy with your iron sights then I think you're all set. Stock up on some 8mm, watch out for corrosive ammo, and polish up some clips with steel wool. Only get a lever action if you decide you truly prefer the action type.

madcratebuilder
December 9, 2012, 09:20 AM
Pass on the lever gun and buy 1K rounds of good 8mm surplus. The 8mm price is up from the past year and it well keep going up.

Most of the Yugo Mausers are good shooters IF you have the eye sight to deal with the sights. I put a set of Mojo's on one of my Yugo's, made it much nicer to shoot tight groups. The oem sights are OK for general plinking.

These can be addictive, I'm near 10 different rifles now.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/Yugo/Yugos02.jpg

DeadFlies
December 9, 2012, 10:12 AM
Pass on the lever gun and buy 1K rounds of good 8mm surplus.

Agreed. You already have a rifle you like, why bother with a lever? FWIW I have a lever-action 30-30. It's fun for plinking and I can and do hunt with it but it shoots an intermediate round, the sights are god-awful (peeps are an option but scopes really are not), accuracy is marginal and it's not easy to shoot prone. Also, I feel like the tubular magazine is a liability as it would be easy to dent it on a rock or something thereby reducing or even eliminating magazine capacity.

I should sell it and get a nice Mil-Surp rifle, like a mauser or something...

morcey2
December 9, 2012, 10:49 AM
I picked up an M48 yesterday, but I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=175957&d=1355028334

Ironically also, I found it while looking for a 30-30 at pawn shops. I can't wait to shoot it. It's basically a new rifle, still packed in cosmoline.

Matt

critter
December 9, 2012, 12:32 PM
MORE AMMO! And get it on stripper clips and practice using them too. You can put out some ACCURATE, POWERFUL and FAST firepower with the 48's.

nathan
December 9, 2012, 01:10 PM
THey are hard hitting 8mm mauser. Lots of energy to knock down anything in north America.

ErieLurker
December 9, 2012, 01:44 PM
Keep that Mauser well fed, and it'll keep you well fed.:D

urbaneruralite
December 9, 2012, 04:58 PM
I cannot imagine why anyone would tell you to pass on getting a new gun. Find a deal on a lever and try it out. Could be you can run that M48 like a stangskyter and have no use for the lever. Or not. Gotta try it to find out.

tahoe2
December 10, 2012, 01:29 AM
yugo's are great fun, I have a M24/47 sporter that I hunt with, an M48A and a German 98K for general fun plinkin.
I did put a Mojo on the 98, sure makes it fun to shoot, as for ammo I reload, and have never fired surplus in any of them.
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Kiln
December 10, 2012, 08:43 AM
I'd like to have a German K98 but the electro pen all over it really turns me off of them and I'm not willing to pay the premium for a non import marked rifle.

The Yugo rifles look great but I've never really heard enough about them to buy one.

tahoe2
December 10, 2012, 10:56 PM
the Yugo's are shooters ! That M24/47 sporter in the above pic will group 5 shots into 1-1/4" with that 60+ year old action & barrel.
What's not to like about that ?

lefteyedom
December 10, 2012, 10:59 PM
buy $500 worth of ammo and $500 worth of rices and dried beans

Swampman
December 11, 2012, 03:02 AM
Much as I like guns, a new one in a new caliber is like another mouth to feed.
As a couple of others have said, stick with your M48 and use the money saved to buy ammo. Stripper clips are an excellent idea as well, but make sure you have some sort of bandolier or belt pouches to carry the extra ammo. Practice using all of these things under field conditions (IE: prone running etc).

While a crate or two of surplus is great to have around, you'll also want to keep a lesser quantity of quality soft point ammo on hand for hunting or whatever. Ideally these would be your own handloads, but if not, try to get ammunition loaded to CIP specs, SAAMI specs for the 8mm Mauser are pathetic.

While I can shoot my M48 pretty well with the military sights under good conditions, the issue sights leave a lot to be desired, especially under low light conditions. Since a high percentage of undesired "social interactions" tend to take place at night, you might want to look into a better set of sights.

It's a good idea to keep a stock of spare springs and whatnot on hand. An even better idea is to have at least two rifles chambered for any ammo that you stock in quantity as well as spare parts for both.

Lastly, while the bright shiny bolt and butt plate may have impressed Tito during parades, a little cold blue on them would probably be a good idea.

RUT
December 11, 2012, 06:41 PM
>>While I can shoot my M48 pretty well with the military sights under good conditions, the issue sights leave a lot to be desired<<

Knowing this to be the case, I had scope mounts professionally added to mine, as well as having the bolt "turned". (I don't expect to be using it in "social" situations) ;)

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