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Thread: Back from the dead -- KM Depot full resoration

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    Super Over the Top Moderator -1/2 bruce98k's Avatar
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    Default Back from the dead -- KM Depot full resoration

    Guys this rifle has a history here on the forum and after four months of painstaking work, with the help of many friends, the work is finally done.
    Mike and I took this on as a challenge to see how far we could take this given the fact the rifle was as stated a "tomato stake"!

    Will let the jury decide here. Again, posting it up shows the full history and restoration work, so there is full accountability here.

    Enjoy!

    The original rifle in its as found state was presented in an earlier thread.

    http://www.k98kforum.com/showthread....ht=steyr+depot
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    Wow, amazing resto job!

    I'll give you tree fiddy for it!

    It really did come out fantastic Bruce and Mike!

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    Nice work! How did you repair the bolt and remove the rust?

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    Crazy transformation, great work fellas!!! upside down double struck proof, that’s neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar1 View Post
    Nice work! How did you repair the bolt and remove the rust?
    Yeah, the bolt, did Dave have his buddy do it?

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    great job on the resto!

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    NHMW (New Hampshire Micro Welding) did the work on the bolt, bolt shroud, and floorplate.
    Will post images of the repaired areas tomorrow.
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    Damn, that looks incredible !! I like it a lot. The bolt numbering is so unusual. To think I spotted it on "letgo.com" , only face to face transactions so I was searching hard core for a member in NC to pass it on to. The seller had only one distant pic and avoided questions. What an amazing journey to get it here as it is today.

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    I really only sourced a few parts and gave moral support. I think this rifle is one of those "perfect storms", where the rust was not heavy/wet rust, stock was dry but not sanded or damaged, and majority of parts were there. Sure, bands are missing, but its such a slight thing in the scheme of things as rare as these Kriegsmarine depot builds are. It just goes to show a lot of patience, some skill, and luck can pay off. Bruce says the bore is mint too - not sure how I'd feel about shooting it with the bolt repairs, but I'm told it would be fine (really no load bearing surfaces that were damaged).
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    Mike, would you give me "for fiddy" for it...lol.
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