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Question for G43 owners.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by farson135, Mar 27, 2017.

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  1. farson135

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    I just dug a G43 out of a relative’s attic. It is in pretty bad shape. A fair bit of spot rust, the gas system is screwed up, and they cut the stock in half for some reason. However, the metal still has a lot of blue, the rifling is dark, and the wood is ok (even if it is in two pieces).

    I have already given the rifle to a gunsmith for a deep cleaning, and function test. I have also ordered some springs, screws, and a new gas system.

    My question is, are there any parts I should stock up on, and is there anything I should keep an eye on? G43 parts are fairly rare, so if there are any parts that I should keep extras of, I would like to start gathering. Also, these late war German rifles tend to have manufacturing issues. I know I should keep an eye out for damage at the rear of the receiver. Though, the new gas system combined with using civilian ammo should prevent that. If anyone has some good advice I would love to hear it. I probably will not be shooting this rifle all the time, but it will not be a safe queen.
     
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    Honestly, I would shoot it after it has been rehabbed by the gunsmith, but I would retire it to the safe as an item of my collection. IMO, its just too noce and rare to do anything else.
     
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    Restore as well as you can, shoot, clean, preserve. Honestly, I would have it out of the safe more than in it because I couldn't resist handling and admiring the piece. There's just something about those rifles which mesmerizes me.
     
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    Sounds like it's far beyond a collector piece. If you can find or fix the stock, and get the rifle safe and fire-able, I'd have fun and shoot the hell out of it.
     
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    I agree, at this point regardless of what you do to it it is, and will always be, a shooter! Soo, shoot it and enjoy!
    I have collected and hunted with a G or K 43 since about 1955 or 56. I currently have about a dozen including 2 mismatched shooters.
    I've killed lots of deer and atelope, also a few coyotes, with my 43s. I rebareled one of my shooters to 7.62 Nato (308).
    Sarge
     
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    Thanks for your responses but that decision has already been made. There are no safe queens in my collection. I am probably (wallet looks at me pleadingly) … ok, definitely not going to be shooting this rifle every day. Even when I do shoot it, I probably will not use very many rounds, but the rifle will be used.

    It just feels wrong to let a firearm collect dust. A G43 is not a practical firearm for me. I already have every firearm I need. Which means that this rifle is there for my enjoyment. Fulfilling its purpose is the only thing it can do.

    What I was asking for was how I can best preserve the rifle while shooting it. Keeping backup springs, and a firing pin are a must. Ideally, I would keep a backup bolt (the current bolt is nonmatching anyway), but barring that, what other parts are most prone to breakage? Also, are there any maintenance tips out there?
     
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    I've been shooting G/K 43s for 65 yrs. There is no single part that is more inclined to break than any other - As long as you do not shoot hot hand loads in the rifle! Stick with military surplus or factory hunting ammo and you shouldn't have a problem.
    Sarge
     
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