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What's a good price for cabela's Mitchell's Mauser

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 1KPerDay, Feb 24, 2012.

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  1. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

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    they have a few straight-bolts/walnut for $350. I think they're turks, judging by the stamp. re-Finish seems good. I realize they are not original/authentic/whatever. I am considering a shooter.

    Anyone got a good source for a better deal? I know next to nothing about mausers as you can probably guess.:confused:
     
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    Thanks! I'll keep looking. I'd rather have an "original" looking rifle. I was just curious if the Mitchell's were anywhere close to worth it. Sounds like they probably aren't, unless you want a smooth/shiny stock.

    Can one be fairly confident that headspace will be good on the yugos from jg?

    Anywhere else I should be looking? Any gotchas in the mauser world?
     
  4. rule303

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    You should be able to find a like new Yugo M48 for way less than the price of a Mitchells. IMO there is nothing to worry about with the Yugos as long as the #'s match. They seem to be some of the better built Mausers of that era. There is also a small batch of Soviet capture K98's on the market right now for around the same price.
     
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    The Yugos are good workaday Mausers, but don't waste your money on the Mitchell marketing.
     
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    That's generally been my impression in the past. Thanks.
     
  8. Sam1911

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    I have always been quite impressed with mine. Glassy smooth action. Good solid, quality rifle.

    A pal of mine was buying a Mitchell's refurbished one some years ago. That really tickled his fancy. At the time they had some kind of a deal where they were sellling old beaters as well and I got one of those for all of about $139. When I got it the stock was almost black and oil soaked. Figuring that I had very little to lose with a gentle, minimum-impact refinish job, I steamed the stock and scrubbed and scrubbed, and even eventually sanded just a little, before applying many coats of a penetrating oil.

    When I was done I found that the stock had been worked on, and that long ago. After a lot of thinking about it, I've come to believe that these fixes were completed by the original builders and that is just amazing to me.

    In two places there are exquisitely crafted dovetailed (and tapered!) patches (what woodworkers refer to as "Dutchman" repairs). I do (or have done, I should say) this kind of work professionally, and I am VERY impressed with this level of craftsmanship. It appears from the figure of the wood that the rouged-out stock had some defects -- probably pinhole knots -- but the builders decided to use it anyway. They (or whomever) hand cut these repairs, one into the butt and one in the thinnest part of the forearm beside the barrel, and fit just plain airtight dutchmen, and then pinned them with wooden pins! You really, REALLY have to look to see these things. In fact, the one on the forearm is no bigger than 3/4"x 1/2" x 1/8" at its wide point.

    I can't fathom what set of circumstances would have made wood stock blanks -- for a common, run of the mill military rifle -- so valuable in Yugoslavia as to necessitate several hours of careful hand work by a very skilled artisan to save one from the burn pile. Obviously labor was MUCH cheaper than material at that point!

    Only slightly less unbelievable is that this rifle would have survived whatever circumstances brought it to its former dilapidated state, been sold for surplus, imported here, and just about accidentally be passed on to someone who would make the effort to spruce it up, and who would recognize and appreciate the tiny details that show the efforts of the craftsman who put his hands to it.
     
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    Wow! Got any pics of the stock in question?
     
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    Not at the moment, but I was just thinking about getting a few this weekend. I'll try to remember to post some.
     
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    Take your time with on-line searching and you should be able to find a very nice Yugo in the $200+ range. Many of the M48 series have been unissued and are like new other than storage wear.

    The top rifle is a former Mitchell's I found at the LGS for $200, the second was from Gunbroker for $180, bottom is a less common M24/52C, a refurbed VZ. It was $250.

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    The Yugo MOD98's are much nicer than any RC you well come across and can be found at reasonable prices. Another Gunbroker find for $167.
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    All matching M1924 with bayonet from Gunbroker, $300.
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    M24/47 local ftf with 1K of ammo for $350
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    Two of the lasted finds, a BO and a Syrian marked BO.
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    Mitchell's :barf: I know this is now the Yugo thread (which is cool by me I Love em) but if I were spending $350, which was how this originally started..I would look hard for a # matching swede 96. They can be found close to this range and my personal fav....love the Yugos and you could get 1.5 of them for that price..;)
     
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    Here you go:

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    The repair at the forestock -- You can see where the grain figure swirled there, probably around a knot:

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    The buttstock repair with wood pin to lock it in:

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    That is very cool, Sam1911.
     
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    Wow, that's great! Thanks for posting. :cool:
     
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    :) I couldn't be happier with it. I actually feel strangely honored to have had one land in my lap that had such effort put into it. I work with historic buildings, artifacts, and tools and always find a lot of comfort and connection in finding and understanding the personal hand-work of the craftsmen who touched them. This rifle is a perfect example of that.
     
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