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    Hello everybody. I recently bought a 1943 Byf K98, numbers match on every part I have found to have a number including the stock. Kinda stumbled into this rifle by accident I was definitely not in the market for it (regardless of the fact God knows I love about any kind of milsurp) I just didn't expect to find one at the price I happened to find this and could absolutely not turn it down.
    That said, it is duffel cut under the band and although its not the worst its still pretty unsightly. I know some may argue that it should be left alone to preserve the history etc and I understand and feel that sentiment but in the same regard I do not even know if this was the original repair of the cut. I would like to get it done correctly so I don't have to worry about it and can shoot it occasionally without worry of it coming apart or the hump in the barrel channel throwing off my shots.
    So, I would greatly appreciate recommendations for someone that is familiar with the repair work and does it well..
    Will upload pics soon
    Thanks!

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    Thanks for the help everyone!

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    If it's tight, I'd leave it alone. Duffel cuts aren't wartime repaired, so if it's loose fix it - if not, leave it. With the band on you shouldn't be able to see it so it won't affect anything aesthetically, right? I guess I don't understand the question about fixing it.
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    I saw this yesterday and refrained from comment as I wasn't really sure what was being asked. But thinking on it again to a newer collector it may seem unsightly. I'd leave it alone as Farb said. If you shoot it and it loosens up, deal with it then. If there is a "hump" against the barrel use a dremmel to work the glue fix down a tad if accuracy suffers. See how it shoots. I was a rifle range coach in the Corps, I'll bet it won't hamper accuracy.

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    i prefer a duffle cut because i know then it is a true GI bringback

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac4142 View Post
    i prefer a duffle cut because i know then it is a true GI bringback
    Not sure about this. There have been reports a few years ago of hardware store Mauser bought in the 60's having been duffle cut by someone 40+ years later to add some "provenance" and pass them off as G.I. bringbacks, at a premium, of course.

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