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    Default Found a 98k in an old barn.

    Hello

    My name is Jonas and I live in Belgium
    Me and my dad found this 98k when we demolished an old barn
    It is rusted so only the numbers and marks below the stock are visible.
    Maybe somebody can help me what i means, i know that theres a serialnumber but idk what the rest means

    Hope someone can help

    Best regards
    Jonas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonas View Post
    Hello

    My name is Jonas and I live in Belgium
    Me and my dad found this 98k when we demolished an old barn
    It is rusted so only the numbers and marks below the stock are visible.
    Maybe somebody can help me what i means, i know that theres a serialnumber but idk what the rest means

    Hope someone can help

    Best regards
    Jonas
    resist in cleaning it, use on a coarse cloth and oils, NOT STEEL WOOL or wire brush, dont clean the wood at all

    send more pictures

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    More pics would help. Looks to be a crack in the stock. Can make out a weimar eagle stamping too. Good advice from sprat. Wonder what year it is from?

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    That’s very cool Jonas! Look forward to seeing more pics. Probably left by a German unit in your town. It’s an early K98k.
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    Congrats Jonas !
    As said by sprat, even if there's plenty of rust, be gentle with the cleaning.
    As Hambone said, it is a pre-war K98k and given the WaA 211, probably a Mauser Borsigwalde.
    We will tell you more with pics taken with better light.

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    Looking forward to more pictures

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    Suuuuper cool

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    Wow thanks for the responses, I will take more pics tomorrow, any suggestions of what I should take pics off?

    Edit: the gun was wrapped in some sort of plastic and covered in grease, probably to prevent it from rusting, should this make any difference when cleaning the metals?
    Also what sort of oils should I use?

    Thanks again
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    Personally I would lean S/42G, though it is possible S/243/37, though I think unlikely... being an f-block means it can't be earlier for MB (they didn't get to the f-block until 1937, and while they did have WaA211 acceptance it was more typical with a NS eagle, plus there are other variables that play against MB)

    It does fit WMO in 1935, both in WaA211 and style/placement of the markings... of course one picture can't tell the whole story and I am talking probabilities not objective facts. Need more details, - that applies to the best path forward, you can't really see how bad the metal is to advise a course on cleaning! (though it is no bolder than my dating a rifle with one picture either!)

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    When you are cleaning the metal with a cloth and oil, be sure to turn the cloth to a clean area as soon as you see rust start to build up on it. The rust that clings to the cloth can be as abrasive as steel wool. As far as what kind of oil, a good gun oil will work. The main thing is take your time,be thorough and do it right the first time. Oh, and listen to these guys, they know their stuff.
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