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Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:14 PM #1
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Greymon's Mauser K98 restoration thread

So here it goes a 1940 Mauser K98K 42 Code Russian Capture. The one I got from Auction Arms in this thread: http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=52265

KeepShooting did the transfer for me. I am going to order the front sight hood, screws, cleaning rod, and bayonet at a later date. I first want to get the stock back to it's former glory. That's easier said than done since I have no experience in this area. So I would like you guys to walk me through this, I hear it involves denatured alcohol and linseed oil, correct me if I'm wrong. I'm also wondering about that screw in the last picture above the trigger area, I don't see that in any of the Mausers in the Mauser Picture Thread.

















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Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:21 PM #2
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Very nice.
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First, it's a nice Mauser. Take your time and learn before you go stripping finishes and fixing stuff. Understand what you're going to do before you do it.

I've recently restored several Turk mausers. Not the same rifle, but very similar. There is much to be learned on stock repair and refinishing on this forum: http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/index.php. Join, read a lot and send "Candyman" a PM there. He's a master at stock repair and refinishes.

You'll also get much advice here. But as I said, take it slow and plan ahead. And we definately want to see pics of your progress.

P.S. That screw above the trigger and under the bolt handle looks like an added crossbolt (recoil lug). It's not a normal action screw and could have been added by the Ruskies, You'll need to look closer inside to see why it's there and what it's there for. Could be a stock crack it's trying to reinforce. There are ways to reinforce cracks inside the stock that are invisible on the outside.
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P.S. That screw above the trigger and under the bolt handle looks like an added crossbolt (recoil lug). It's not a normal action screw and could have been added by the Ruskies, You'll need to look closer inside to see why it's there and what it's there for. Could be a stock crack it's trying to reinforce. There are ways to reinforce cracks inside the stock that are invisible on the outside.
My Norwegian stock I purchased has a wooden dowel through the same place. Seems a lot of the stocks separate there.
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My Norwegian stock I purchased has a wooden dowel through the same place. Seems a lot of the stocks separate there.
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I have seen a few Norweigan stocks with a wooden dowel in that area.
First time I have seen a cross bolt there...The Russians usually put it in the wrist area. It's to reinforce an internal stock seperation in the trigger area that is common but normaly never a problem.
If it was mine after you strip off the shellac (if that's what you intend to do) I would cold blue that cross bolt just to make it less noticeable. I also cold blued the electro-pencil #'s to make them less noticeable as well.
If you want it to look more "original" you need to remove the Russian blue from the buttplate.
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I have seen a few Norweigan stocks with a wooden dowel in that area.
First time I have seen a cross bolt there...The Russians usually put it in the wrist area. It's to reinforce an internal stock seperation in the trigger area that is common but normaly never a problem.
So what you're saying is...mine is unique. XD Is this good or bad?
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Nice mauser, I gotta check out auction arms more often. I just got one from wideners a couple weeks ago but paid $75 more.
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I'm about to take a second shot at the one I was doing. There is too much crud left in the grain from the russian shellacking. Just doesn't show off the grain like I was hoping. Might have to re strip and bleach it.....
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The bore is nice and shiny too! I'll be taking more pics once I start restoring her.
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I think the dishwasher trick steams out a lot of the dents and dings while giving a good cleaning. You will want to wait till the wife is not around though.
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