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    Default Seeking Information on this 1940 Model 98 Mauser

    Hello,
    I acquired this Mauser a couple of years ago but have never done any research on it and was wondering if some of the experts on this forum could help me with it. I was told that it was a Vet bring back and it did have a duffle bag cut. This rifle appears to have seen action and the barrel is pitted and shot out.
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    With the importers stamp on the barrel and the Germany mark, this rifle was not a vet bring back. Close up of all serial numbers and markings would tell more. The stock appears to be a Steyr accepted for the Navy. I can't make out the SN suffix, I would have thought a 660 code 1940 would have a flat buttplate unless very late in the year production. IF you disassemble the rifle check the barrel channel for a SN.

    Also the sling is post war Isreali.

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    Well, its a Steyr made 1940 gun...sling is Israeli, and its not a bring back, since it is importer stamped...so whoever told you that was selling a bill of goods...

    At the very least it is a bolt mismatch....stock may be correct...but cupped butt plate, maybe not...

    660 40's aren't too common, but how good it is depends on how much of it matches...

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    I can't tell for sure but I think it is W8A-623

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    not a vet bring back. It is an older import based on the import mark. Nice looking rifle. do any of the numbers on the rifle match the receiver? (bands, floor plate etc) I see the bolt mathces itself. Stock is a Kriegsmarine stock (navy).

    You all beat me too it, I got sidetracked .

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    Quote Originally Posted by browndd1 View Post
    I can't tell for sure but I think it is W8A-623
    The E/623 stamp is correct for Steyr, but you need to look for the s/n on the keel of the stock (between the pistol grip and the buttplate), or if you take it apart in the barrel channel.

    It could have a Steyr stock, but it doesn't match...

    If everything matches but the bolt, it would be what's called a bolt mismatch, which are still very desirable, not as much as all matching of course, but more than completely mismatching....

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    The floor plate and the stock match 9178

    The receiver and barrel show 372

    band nearest muzzle 6136

    band that sling attaches to 372 also matches number on stock with 623 suffix, cant make out prefix but it is W something

    bolt, bolt housing and safety all show 3127
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    Quote Originally Posted by browndd1 View Post
    The floor plate and the stock match 9178

    The receiver and barrel show 372

    band nearest muzzle 6136

    band that sling attaches to 372 also matches number on stock with 623 suffix, cant make out prefix but it is W something

    bolt, bolt housing and safety all show 3127
    The WaA623 is the acceptance stamp for Steyr in this time period, not a serial number. (Inspection teams moved around, later Steyr used Eagle/77)
    Looks like your only matching parts are the barreled receiver and the rear band. The stock is for a Steyr rifle, but probably a 1941 dated one, and Navy marked which is nice.

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