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Empire Arms K98k Barreled Actions for Sale

smalfry83

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Here it is all finished. This is my first K98K, and it was fun finding parts, but I'm more excited to start reloading for this rifle. Let me know what you think about it.
 

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heavy_mech

RKI- Reasonably Knowledgable Individual
It looks good. Where did you source the lumber? Is it one of the reproductions available?
 

Stan

Senior Member
You are correct. This is a repro stock and one of the many lessons I learned while building my first. Next round, I'll look at Numrich or similar stores for surplus stocks.
Your best bet is to keep an eye here on the trader, or follow ebay, Gun Broker auctions, etc. for a nice original stock that you can actually see what you're buying. It is very hit or miss with buying from any of the parts dealers as far as what you will get. Also, many sell the Yugoslav refurbished stocks which are often shortened and don't look quite right on an original length barreled action. Your repro stock looks nice and I wouldn't replace it unless a really nice condition original pops up for sale. Happy shooting!
 

thisistheway

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More photos forthcoming (just finished another project and had already parked this in a stock) but curious as to why the front sight base on a bnz. 43 appears not cut for a sight hood. I know there were some differences with bnz sight hoods but as far as I can tell it should have the cuts. Any insight? Is this a non-original front sight base?
Just re-upping my question since it ended up at the bottom of the previous page. Hope that's not bad form.
 

thisistheway

Well-known member
Your best bet is to keep an eye here on the trader, or follow ebay, Gun Broker auctions, etc. for a nice original stock that you can actually see what you're buying. It is very hit or miss with buying from any of the parts dealers as far as what you will get. Also, many sell the Yugoslav refurbished stocks which are often shortened and don't look quite right on an original length barreled action. Your repro stock looks nice and I wouldn't replace it unless a really nice condition original pops up for sale. Happy shooting!
In fairness to the Yugo stocks, they're still the most economical way to get a laminate stock at half the price of the only laminate repros I know of (PPHU Fox, though everything I've heard is theirs are really exceptional). The Yugos also almost always come with the takedown discs installed, and while doing so yourself isn't rocket surgery, there's the cost of the extra hardware and whether you have the right bench power tools or use a hacksaw and hand tools to fit the crosstube, it's a pain. The Yugo laminate/flat plate stocks I've picked up a few of recently from Sarco and GB are all in very serviceable condition (no cracks, major chips, heavy rust or pitting on hardware) and not cut down. It's interesting that the Yugos refurbed these stocks then apparently set them aside (I've never seen a Yugo K98k rework with a flat buttplate). Of course they would only be "correct" for early war rifles. I agree there are few reasons to pivot from a nice repro stock, if you already have one, to a Yugo. I do hope we haven't seen the last of cheap Yugo stocks... You could still nab the cupped buttplate ones for $50 last year, now they're pushing $200...
 

waw44

Member
Stocky's stock had them available. They are more expensive than others I found in my later research, but I'm happy with it. Here is a link: https://www.stockysstocks.com/stock...r-k98-military-walnut-replacement-stocks.html

Minelis stock. I'm a fan. Numrich has had them for sale for $159 for a while now. $100 less than Stocky's https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/1369340 Exact same product.

They need some work shape wise. They are thicker and more square in bottom cross section in comparison to the original. They come finished in oil. Nothing a little DA and some careful sanding can't fix. The one below is finished in Extra Dark Shaftol.

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Also, Prestigious stocks in Canada is offering a laminate stock now.


The first run was a bit weird as it had a second crossbolt that you would see on Yugo or Russian capture rifles. I wrote them about it and they said they will address the issues, but they did it because the sample they were provided has that second bolt.
 

heavy_mech

RKI- Reasonably Knowledgable Individual
Minelis stock. I'm a fan. Numrich has had them for sale for $159 for a while now.
That's a pretty good price IMHO.
The first run was a bit weird as it had a second crossbolt that you would see on Yugo or Russian capture rifles. I wrote them about it and they said they will address the issues, but they did it because the sample they were provided has that second bolt.
I saw that too. Glad to know they'll remove that. Wonder if they would delete the takedown disc hole? Looks like a low bolt cutout or is that just my imagination?
 

waw44

Member
That's a pretty good price IMHO.

I saw that too. Glad to know they'll remove that. Wonder if they would delete the takedown disc hole? Looks like a low bolt cutout or is that just my imagination?

I exchanged a few emails with them. They are nice and willing to work with someone to improve the product . The stock they have was made to order, so that’s the template they got to use and they stuck with it . Going forward, they would need a good stock as a template. It would not be damaged , just scanned . After eliminating the second cross bolt , I suggested they make a flat buttplate stock with a small (25mm) takedown disk. It can always be modified for a cupped buttplate and larger takedown disk by the buyer , and gives wider range of applications.
 

Muncher 1953

Senior Member
I exchanged a few emails with them. They are nice and willing to work with someone to improve the product . The stock they have was made to order, so that’s the template they got to use and they stuck with it . Going forward, they would need a good stock as a template. It would not be damaged , just scanned . After eliminating the second cross bolt , I suggested they make a flat buttplate stock with a small (25mm) takedown disk. It can always be modified for a cupped buttplate and larger takedown disk by the buyer , and gives wider range of applications.
I’d prefer to see them keep the cupped plate option open, while converting to cupped plate is doable, I’d rather not spend the time on that feature. minelli’s already offers a walnut flat plate stock w/small disc, I’d buy 2 of these others now if I could get them as pictured, less the 2nd cross bolt. Are they only copying the customer’s sample, not making a standard model? None of mine are worthy of copying, sadly.
 

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