Help IDing a K98


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Chris-bob
April 2, 2013, 04:02 AM
So I picked up a K98. It was sitting in a gun safe for at least 22 years(that's how long ago the guy died that owned it). As far as I can tell, the eagle symbol with the 135 under it is an inspectors mark. The byf is for Mauser Werke A.G.
Oberndorf-am-Neckar.
The floorplate.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/cj_barry/0B513714-B20F-421C-882F-AC164349C19C-3011-00000652E04EEACD_zps6beb012b.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/cj_barry/9DA47793-B604-43E0-AC71-DF6B5115B6C0-3011-00000652DB37BBFB_zps54e772ac.jpg
What does the f stand for?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/cj_barry/621EC539-37D3-4DFE-AFDE-A6D87700DE51-3011-00000652D66D3F19_zpsf075f7fd.jpg
Here is the P stamped on the barrel. Hard to see under the scope.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/cj_barry/73B6E9EB-7C23-4B25-9036-648F230931A2-3011-00000652D36EB4D6_zpsf45a9208.jpg
The rifle.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/cj_barry/D03FBE66-2E14-4AFF-B781-D0F841AA67EB-3011-00000652CDBADF62_zps5f9ddd14.jpg

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eastbank
April 2, 2013, 07:33 AM
looks like a sporterized 98 german service rifle, when i was growning up in the 50,s there was a lot of that going on,mausers,springfields and enfields were turned into hunting rifles. eastbank.

Chris-bob
April 2, 2013, 12:14 PM
Yeah, I know it is a sportsterized K98, I was hoping to have more info regarding it's approx. manufacture date(without pulling the scope) and what significance any of the markings have(if any). I think it was reblued by the PO.

Numeric
April 2, 2013, 12:50 PM
Well, it will have a 2-digit year code stamped on the receiver. You're gonna have to pull the scope to see that. Is the whole trigger-guard stamped or just the magazine floor-plate?

rcmodel
April 2, 2013, 01:05 PM
The eagle 135 Waffenamt was used by Mauserwerk Oberndorf (byf) between 1941-45.

rc

Jim Watson
April 2, 2013, 01:22 PM
The "f" is the last "digit" of the serial number in German practice.

The stamped bottom metal is a late war economy measure but I don't know what year it was adopted. And no guarantee that a sporterized surplus would be all matching anyhow.

Ar180shooter
April 2, 2013, 04:16 PM
The eagle 135 Waffenamt was used by Mauserwerk Oberndorf (byf) between 1941-45.

rc
Dang, beat my to it.

kBob
April 2, 2013, 04:41 PM
Nice sporter though.


AR180shooter,

Where are you finding decent magazines? Assuming you are not actually one of them evil "b" shooters.......

-kBob

Chris-bob
April 2, 2013, 09:52 PM
All the numbers match, even the bolt(and parts) have matching numbers.

Picked it up for $150.

Yankee John
April 2, 2013, 10:06 PM
That was a score! Very nice looking rifle!

I love my rifles in original military configuration, But I'm really starting to appreciate the well done post war sporters too.

Chris-bob
April 3, 2013, 04:35 AM
Seeing as I am new to the K98 scene...is there any way to know for certain what caliber my K98 is? I'd love to take her to the range.

Jim Watson
April 3, 2013, 06:48 PM
Your pictures do not show whether it has the original barrel or not.
Are there one or more steps along the barrel?
If so, it is likely the original barrel and most likely in the original caliber of 8mm Mauser (7,92x57.)

It might have been rechambered to 8mm '06 or even 8mm PMM (Poor Man's Magnum 8mm x .338 Win). I think those are more common on the internet than gun racks but you might want to check. If it is an 8mm '06, a .30-06 will chamber. If still 8x57, not.

Ar180shooter
April 3, 2013, 08:44 PM
Nice sporter though.


AR180shooter,

Where are you finding decent magazines? Assuming you are not actually one of them evil "b" shooters.......

-kBob

Yes, it is definitely one of the nicer examples of a sporter. I've seen some pretty scary ones in the few years I spent behind the counter...

Unfortunately I'm one of those evil "b" shooters, but only because my country has declared the original Ar180 a prohibited firearm. :rolleyes:

That, and Ar180bshooter looked weird.

Chris-bob
April 3, 2013, 11:05 PM
Thanks. I'll look at the barrel. I've always wanted a Mauser. Mostly because it is my grandmother's maiden name. But they came from Germany in 1880's.

Kp321
April 3, 2013, 11:34 PM
The byf marking is on the stamped trigger guard which does not necessarily mean the rifle was made by Mauser Oberendorf. Mauser made stamped trigger guards for use by several of the other contractors during the latter years of the war. The manufacturer and date of the rifle is stamped on the top of the front receiver ring. The manufacturer will be indicated by a two or three letter code. Code lists are available in several places on the web. If the code on the receiver is byf, the whole thing was made my Mauser.
The caliber can only be determined 100% by having a chamber cast made. Too many options to take a chance with.

Chris-bob
April 4, 2013, 02:31 AM
The 135 that is on the trigger guard on the right side of the receiver as well.
Originally Posted by rcmodel
The eagle 135 Waffenamt was used by Mauserwerk Oberndorf (byf) between 1941-45.

rc

eastbank
April 4, 2013, 06:57 AM
this is what your rifle would have looked like before it was sporterized. eastbank.

Chris-bob
April 6, 2013, 05:19 AM
Thanks for all the replies. I'm thinking mine has a new barrel on it. Now I just need to figure out the caliber.

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