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I know it is a travesty...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mustang51, Sep 21, 2011.

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  1. Mustang51

    Mustang51 Member

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    But I didn't do it!

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    I got it at an auction today. Description advised as follows:

    "Persian "IRAN" Mauser (D-288). Model 1898/29 comes in caliber 7.92 X 57. Condition is at 95%. Drilled for scope mounts that are in place. Bore is mint. Comes with current import marks. Nice European walnut with a few bumps and dings. Beautiful blue and metal finish."


    I'll post better pics and a range report when it arrives.
     
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  2. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Wow, if it weren't for the scope mount, rings, and lack of a rear sight leaf... That's a beautiful rifle. I'm jealous Mustang51.
     
  3. bushmaster1313

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    Is that a pre WWII Czech rifle made for the Persian army?
     
  4. juk

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    I would throw a decent scope on it and shoot the heck out of it. That is a good looking rifle, even if it has been modified.
     
  5. Mustang51

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    Yep, it is a Pre-WWII Persian Mauser. I have several Persian Mausers that are in "un-messed with" condition.

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    My sons and I shoot in a vintage Military rifle silhouette match and a vintage military long-range match at my range. The matches are set up for "as issued" rifles, but both matches have an "open" class for scoped military rifles. We have heretofore only fired the match with open sights, but I kinda wanted to get either a scoped Persian or scoped '09 Argy to try out the "open" class with.

    I can't bring myself to mutilate a nice mil-surp, and have been on the lookout for one that someone else had already done the dirty work on. I know that this one no longer has any collector value...but, it was priced accordingly. Based on the D & T'ing, the bolt turn-down, the base and rings, there is probably close to $150 worth of work on this one.
     
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  6. 451 Detonics

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    Scope it...shoot it...be happy...

    I love shooting my 98 Sporter, even with cheap surplus it will hold 1 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards. I would add a Timney trigger and Tubbs Speedlock firing pin if allowed by your range for matches.
     
  7. stan rose

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    I have often purchased Mausers that some one has modified because the modifications are something I could not bring my self to do, and the fact that they were done often helps reduce the selling price. They have become my favorite guns to shoot and hunt with. Good luck in your matches and enjoy.
     
  8. sansone

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    I like it that way, if installed correctly I think it's a bonus.
    Let us know how it shoots
     
  9. jerkface11

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    You should try to find an old steel tubed weaver to put on it. Or maybe an old redfield.
     
  10. W L Johnson

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    I'll agree with that idea, get something that looks a bit old style and it wouldn't look half bad.
     
  11. 451 Detonics

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    I picked up the Weaver K 2.5 with crosshair and post on Ebay for my retro M1 Carbine sporter build...looks classic and works great!

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  12. BrocLuno

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    Ditto - it's been done, now have fun :)

    Blue steel tube Weaver K-4 would be perfect :)
     
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    Wish I had a Persian Mauser. They are in the best condition.
     
  14. Germster

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    These are exceptionally well made and finished rifles! I've got the Argy that's untouched. The round is similar in power to a .308, or maybe the 300 Savage. I kinda wish that mine was fixed for a scope since I could wring the potential out of that round, but I can't bring myself to mess with mine. It is therefore a 150 yd rifle or so. You've got a 300 yd rifle there, or more and you can shoot it with a clear conscience.
     
  15. kd7nqb

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    Not a travesty, in fact if it gets you to use the gun more than thats a GOOD thing. You damaged some collectors value but thats about it. If you want to see a travesty look what I did to a mosin m44

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    No way could I do that to any of the old Mausers. I've redone some old almost junk 98K's. All they need is the correct wood to return them to original configuration.
     
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    Collectors' value? from what I can tell there are a zillion out there from one source or another.... I saw the picture and thought the travesty was you too the scope off.
     
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    Collectors' value? from what I can tell there are a zillion out there from one source or another.... I saw the picture and thought the travesty was you too the scope off.



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  19. Mustang51

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    "Collectors' value? from what I can tell there are a zillion out there from one source or another.... I saw the picture and thought the travesty was you too the scope off."

    Well, I'm not claiming that these are $10,000 collector pieces, but to a military surplus collector, these rifles are generally considered less valuable if they have been drilled and tapped. There were a half dozen other Persian Mausers at this auction. Mine was the only one that had been modified. The unmodified Persians went for around $500. I got mine for a bit more than half that.

    I didn't remove the scope-it didn't come with one.
     
  20. Mustang51

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    You guys read my mind..
     
  21. BrocLuno

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    Naw, it's what we'd do. And old blue steel scope will really bring it all together :)

    Cool thing is you can find a Weaver K4 or K6 with Micro-Trak (Gen II suspension) and Duplex retical for not too much. They are hell for strong with decent lenses and coatings :)

    Get a leather lace on cheek pad and you have a great field gun that will get comments :)
     
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  22. harmon rabb

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    eh, it's a mosin. they made 40mil of them. don't need to feel too guilty about bubba'ing one :D
     
  23. Mustang51

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    Almost makes you want to cry..

    The Persian arrived today and is without question one of the finest condition Persian that I've seen...bluing is near perfect, a few dents in the stock, even the "straw" coloring on the screws is intact, bore is superb.

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    The scope base install and the bolt turn-down appear to be first rate. I'm certain that the bolt is the original because there there is a partial serial number in Farsi on the handle.

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    Very, very nice, now to finish the job. You don't suppose that was a Persian Sniper, do you? If so, what scope did they use? And, can you get one with Farsi lettering?

    Since the blueing and all matches so well, it sure looks like it was all finished as a unit?
     
  25. Mustang51

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    I don't think so. I can find no mention of a Persian sniper in Ball's Mauser Military Rifles of the World, which is the definitive work on Military Mauser rifles.

    I'm certain that this is a well done civilian scope job. I hope it shoots as good as it looks.
     
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