K98 Mauser Project Rifle is Complete (Project German Blonde)


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headoftheholler
March 17, 2013, 03:10 PM
Got another project complete this weekend. This rifle started life in 1937 in Nazi Germany (has Weimar Republic stamps as well as the standard Nazi eagles) as a K98 mauser infantry rifle. Somewhere down the line it came to the US and the stock had been cut and drilled and tapped for scope mounts for use as someones deer rifle. Ethics of sporterizing a piece of history aside it doesnt make much financial sense today to cut an original K98 as they are worth much much more complete, but this one was already D&T'd so I was good to go.
This is the grandpappy of all modern rifles, the 98 action and features were nothing short of a revolution in modern rifle tech, that still carries on today with the Winchester mod 70, Remington 700, Ruger M77, Kimber, Cooper, the 1903 Springfield, Dakota, and the list goes on and on, all copies of the Mod. 98.
My project ideas were twofold.
One, I wanted to create a rifle that my grandpa might have had made in the 50's or 60's when sporterizing war trophys was the rage. I think I did well with the stock choice as it looks the part, time wise.
and Two, I wanted to take something that most certainly took part in our Worlds history as one of the most evil and hated powers (nazi germany) and transform a former arm of evil and hate into something more useful , to give it a new life.
Chambered in 8mm mauser (8X57) this caliber never really took off in popularity here in the US. Partly because it was a kraut round but also because US loadings of the 8mm are tepid, more akin to a bolt action 30-30 balisticlly. This is due to our litigious society and fear some dumbass would chamber a hot 8mm in an old GEW88 commission rifle and blow his face off. European loadings maintain the original ballistics sending a 196 grain softpoint that will outperform a 150 grain 30-06 bullet. I lucked into two dusty boxes of NORMA softpoints for 19 bucks a box (these sell for close to 50 a box) and these things scream.
Anyways, to the before and after and the glory shots.
Here we have the mauser as I bought it, chopped military stock, cheap scope mounts and a mangled bolt handle.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/larryslamps/2012-12-13_21-29-46_258_zpsedd57a56.jpg

Step one was to send the bolt off, I added a commercial bolt shroud before sending it to Skip Baldwin ( www.baldwinboltjeweling.com )
He cut the old handle off and forged a new one on with a hollow bolt handle before polishing and jeweling.
Next I got a stock off ebay, this one looks to be maple, and came off a Flaigs mauser sporter. It has decent figure and was very well made, most likely in the 50s or 60's. Stripped everything down and prepped and rust blued all the metal. I used Leupold mounts and rings and a vintage steel tube Weaver K4 with an appropriate post reticle. Here is the finished project minus a sidesafety Timney that hasnt came in yet, hope you like it.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/larryslamps/DSCF2197_zps127ac752.jpg
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/larryslamps/DSCF2199_zpsaacacb21.jpg
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/larryslamps/DSCF2208_zps5a698453.jpg
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/larryslamps/DSCF2207_zpsf6bc7af3.jpg
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/larryslamps/DSCF2209_zpsf931f7b3.jpg

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GermanGirl
March 17, 2013, 03:53 PM
Nice transformation of my favorite WW2 rifle, I really like the new stock and the scope fits very well. I think you achieved your aim to modify the rifle in something useful without changing it's "character" too much. Great work.

In the first moment I was skeptic about this transformation as I really appreciate the Mauser K98 rifles in their unmodified "nature". Yes, I' am from Germany, but I don't connect these guns irreversible with the past. Mauser rifles were used and in many countries before and after the Nazi regime. So, it's more their path-breaking technical aspect that makes them fascinating for me. And they represent a longe tradition of German weapon production and developement.
But even as beeing a Mod.98 and 98k purist, I enjoy this modification.

Anyway: Do you have pictures of the stamps left?




Greetings,
Betty

critter
March 17, 2013, 04:47 PM
I have 4 that I bought at gun shows with enough mods to make them quite 'unoriginal'. One was a Nazi era K98 and the others were Czech VZ24's. One I made into a .270, one a 25-06 and the other two were converted to .35 Whelens. The .270 has a Choate stock and the other two have walnut stocks from Midway, finished by me.

Obviously, all were rebarreled, had wing safeties added, Timney triggers, scopes added, etc. Really great, fun and educational projects. Turns into quite nice guns too. I really enjoy such projects.

Yankee John
March 17, 2013, 04:54 PM
You sure turned that rifle into a beauty!

I agree with Betty in that I really enjoy unmodified military weapons mostly for their historical connection. But I also realize that what happened to these captured weapons after they served during wartime is as much a part of their history too.

Great job in turning it into a piece of artwork! I wonder how many deer that rifle has taken since it came over here......

headoftheholler
March 18, 2013, 08:42 AM
Nice transformation of my favorite WW2 rifle, I really like the new stock and the scope fits very well. I think you achieved your aim to modify the rifle in something useful without changing it's "character" too much. Great work.

In the first moment I was skeptic about this transformation as I really appreciate the Mauser K98 rifles in their unmodified "nature". Yes, I' am from Germany, but I don't connect these guns irreversible with the past. Mauser rifles were used and in many countries before and after the Nazi regime. So, it's more their path-breaking technical aspect that makes them fascinating for me. And they represent a longe tradition of German weapon production and developement.
But even as beeing a Mod.98 and 98k purist, I enjoy this modification.

Anyway: Do you have pictures of the stamps left?




Greetings,
Betty
Thanks for the kind words, it is a S/243 (1937) has the Weimar eagle on one side and the triple eagles on the other side, no RC mark.

Mp7
March 18, 2013, 08:53 AM
Now that is lovely!


Probably the nicest K98 Sporter i`ve seen.


If u dont want it anymore, i`ll take it.
(And the caliber is great!)

Liberty1776
March 18, 2013, 11:16 AM
headoftheholler - excellent job! That is the type of non-Bubba sporterizing we should all aspire to...

and it's really nice because it's very similar to how I treated my project 03A3...same color and everything...

valnar
March 18, 2013, 11:43 AM
If you are going to Sporterize a Mauser, that's the way to do it. I'd buy something like that off the shelf.

Lj1941
March 18, 2013, 12:13 PM
Beautiful piece of iron and wood!:)

Smokey Joe
March 18, 2013, 01:27 PM
Head of the Holler--Very, very nice looking job! Glad you added a Timney trigger--Those military 2-stage triggers are a bane.

Now, the ultimate question: How's she shoot???

GermanGirl
March 18, 2013, 07:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words, it is a S/243 (1937) has the Weimar eagle on one side and the triple eagles on the other side, no RC mark.
Thanks for your quick answer.

I' am not sure: The code S/243 stands for a production of Mauser AG Borsigwalde?

Another question: how much do you have to pay approximately for a K98k bajonnet with identic numbers?

Nice picture of a french friend's 98k:

headoftheholler
March 21, 2013, 09:48 AM
Head of the Holler--Very, very nice looking job! Glad you added a Timney trigger--Those military 2-stage triggers are a bane.

Now, the ultimate question: How's she shoot???
Gonna have to wait till it warms up a bit to sight the scope in, only bore sighted right now. Prior to conversion the rifle was very accurate, albeit with irons.

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