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    Default K98 unknown nationality

    Hello to all,
    I'm from Italy, sorry for my english.
    I just bought a K98 8x57js, and I can not understand where it comes from.
    can someone help me? thanks.
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    Yugoslavia perhaps? I'm sure other members here will chime in with a more correct answer if I am wrong.

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    Yugoslavian is correct. 1.TRZ and the box W barrel markings are Yugoslavian proofs. Looks like a pretty early one based on the lack of Yugo communist crest

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltong29 View Post
    Yugoslavian is correct. 1.TRZ and the box W barrel markings are Yugoslavian proofs. Looks like a pretty early one based on the lack of Yugo communist crest
    Agreed. You can also see it started life in Povazska Bystrica by the dou still ghosted despite their scrubbing efforts. Can't make out the year below it but perhaps OP can? Barrel also looks like it might have been scrubbed and remarked? Hard to make out too much from the photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heavy_mech View Post
    Agreed. You can also see it started life in Povazska Bystrica by the dou still ghosted despite their scrubbing efforts.
    I read just an "OJ."

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    Quote Originally Posted by luido86 View Post
    I read just an "OJ."
    Forgive my terrible 'Paint' skillz. The 2 digit year code would be in the circled area approximately.

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    it seems to be written OOJ.

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    I'm not aware of dou. having the lines at the top of the u. Is it possible someone added those later? I agree that dou. is probably the most likely, but the u looks off.

    @OP, Yugoslavia re-worked German K98ks after the war. Based on the siderail reading "Mod. 98", this is one of those rifles. The Yugoslavians tended to scrub all the original German markings and would stamp the Yugoslavian communist crest on the receiver. However, the earliest of these rifles avoided didn't have the crest applied as the tool wasn't ready and they needed to begin equipping troops. Some of the earliest rifles didn't have any markings removed at all

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    If indeed a yugo rework, It's very early. Still wearing a bohler barrel, albeit with a yugo stamp. Nice!
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