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Turkish Mauser question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by xplicitfire, Feb 17, 2009.

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  1. xplicitfire

    xplicitfire Member

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    Went to a local gun shop and spotted a good looking Turkish Mauser for $250. Is that a good price for one? Kinda forgot what year it was but i couldnt take my eyes off it. Does anyone have any good links so i can do alittle more research before I pick one up? Is there a good site besides JG sales that have these for sale at a cheaper price?
     
  2. Ian

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    No, $250 is way too much for a Turkish Mauser, unless it has some special significance (which I doubt). I think they've pretty much all sold out from the original importers, but you can still find them on forums or classified ads for $125-$150 (less, not too long ago).
     
  3. xplicitfire

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    Thanks, as for the mausers go, is the Turkish a good one compared to others? I dont really want to spend that much just because i fell a victim to the economy and probably wont have a job in the next couple of months
     
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    The Turkish Mausers were selling for $39.95 a few years back. The ones I received had excellent bores, but the wood needed some attention. They seem to be very accurate rifles if you can accustom yourself to the sights. They are one of my favorite surplus rifles to shoot, but I feel that the price you mentioned is at least double what a decent one should bring today.
     
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    If it is the carbine buy it! It will make you money ...........
     
  6. WardenWolf

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    I still regret letting a Turk with beautifully restored wood go for $250, though. A master woodworker had fixed the stock and made it just gorgeous. That was the exception, I'd say. It was worth it. Easily.
     
  7. Olympus

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    Sounds like you should really pass on this then. Not only is the price too high, it doesn't sound like you're in a situation to be spending more money than something's worth. The good thing about the Turk Mausers are that they're one of the most commonly found, so passing on this one won't be the end of the world. There are a lot more of them around. Pick up a Shotgun News and you can usually find them a lot cheaper.
     
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    A Turkish Mauser is more than just one type. They consist of a varied selection that starts back when Mauser first offered their firearms to the world.
    Here's a link to a site that will explain the differences. Go to the bottom and make your choice of knowledge base.

    http://www.turkmauser.com/

    I have made a few custom rifles from K.Kale versions of Turks. I thread Remington take-off barrels to fit.
    IMO, $250 is a little high for a standard Turk. It would have to be an above average condition rifle.

    NCsmitty
     
  9. CZguy

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    Sounds like good advice to me.
     
  10. Duke of Doubt

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    ANTIQUE Turk Mausers, such as the Model 93, may well be worth the $250 and even significantly more, in some markets. Particularly nice Model 38 Turk Mausers MAY be worth $250 or more, as the walnut can be truly exceptional (and the 38 is large-ring). Those of us who stocked up on Turks a decade or a little less ago are reaping the benefits, now. An old Century 6-fer-a-hundred, after a lot of cleaning and polishing, can easily bring $250 today if marketed correctly. You should see the circassian on my 1940 Ankara re-arsenal. I've been offered $500 for it, having paid $41 back in 2000.

    Turks have come into their own, finally.
     
  11. Olympus

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    Odds of it being something like that are pretty rare. I'd say it's more likely a run of mill "dirty Turk". In which case they can be found easily and cheap.

    The best thing would be for the OP to take a look at it and write down what is stamped into the action. We can all make a better guess as to its worth after that information.
     
  12. xplicitfire

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    Yea your kinda right on this one, but it might or might not happen and i recently got married so I'm going to see alittle more on my tax return then what I usually get so i figured I would get me something to spoil me in this time
     
  13. paradox998

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    Beware Mausers if you value your soul

    Beware, first it is a Turk, then an Persian, Brazilian, Czech, Swedish, K98's, Yugos, and it never ends. In serious cases it can lead to C96 broomhandles and Lugers. In the world of Mausers turks vary a lot. Look for a Persian or a Swedish M96. My 1903 Swede is amazing.
     
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    I can find them for around $100-$150 in my neck of the woods. I don't see a reason why one would have $250 slapped on the price tag.

    Not for the full length version.
     
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    I look at it as a bird in the hand type of deal. Shipping is not free and they are getting harder to find at gun shows. Condition is everything. If it is a good shooter with a nice bore and the stock is not all busted up, it may be worth it for you to get.
     
  16. Olympus

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    I'd recommend taking a look at the local gun shows. In my area, Turk Mausers are a dime a dozen at the shows. But again, if you're happy paying that for it then I'm not one to judge. Are you dead set on a Turk? For that kind of money, you can get a better quality Mauser in my opinion. VZ24s, Swedes, etc.
     
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    I think that is too high for a Turk unless maybe it is a special one or has documented history. Another thing to consider about the turk mausers are they are in 8 mm mauser and the cheap surplus 8mm mauser has all but dried up.
     
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    I was going to order a Turkish Mauser but when I got to hold one, it felt heavy in the front. Instead I picked up a m48 for 300 bucks, I know I got ripped off, but that rifle is so fun to shoot
     
  19. Olympus

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    Ouch! :what:
     
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    Wow............PM me if you need anymore firearms. :D
     
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    The only Turk that I would pay close to$250 for isn't really a turk, but a 'turked' 98/22. They used to sell for around $100 (bought 2 of them at that price)and there weren't really that many of them made, oh and they are on average probably the most accurate mauser in 8x57 ever produced.

    I've seen M38s locally for around $150 over the last year. It would have to be in exceptionally good condition for me to pay that much.
     
  22. xplicitfire

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    So compared to the other models out there are turks pretty good? I'm waiting for the next gun show to see if there are any good ones that i can see. i havent had a chance to go back to the store where this one was to check out the markings on there. I just got a m44 so I kinda got hooked to the old war guns now.
     
  23. CZguy

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    Then you might want to check out the CMP.

    http://www.odcmp.com/
     
  24. Olympus

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    The Turk Mauser won't be the first choice of many of us. I would consider the Turks to be on the lower end of quality. Granted, they're still good guns, but the ones I listed previously are considered by many to be better quality.

    And just another thought, but have you considered the availability of ammuntion? If you reload then it's not much of a concern. But in my area, and other areas around the country, the supply of suplus 8mm ammo has essentially dried up. There are commercial loads available, but they are really pricey.
     
  25. Duke of Doubt

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    Since the Turks originated in Germany and Czechoslovakia, I'd say quality is pretty good. They were reworked to greater or lesser extent in the Turkish arsenals, but when I opened my "M38" up, it was pristine under the wood (even had the original grease in there -- odd). Mostly they were just remarked, with brass cleaning rods swapped, the bolts mixed up, and assorted minor boogering.
     
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