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Gunsmith Wanted for DOU 42 K98k Restoration Project

CRMausr7

Member
Hello everyone,

I've almost finished collecting parts for the restoration of my DOU 42 K98k, but I'm in need of a good gunsmith to replace the barrel and fit all the stock hardware to the rifle's stock and handguard. Are there any qualified gunsmiths on here that willing to help me out with this, or know of somebody that might be able to perform this work. Thanks.
 

Humbarger

Senior Member
Post a close up photo of the barrel reciever and bolt. Does the barrel screw into the reciever?
How far to or past top dead center are the sights when the barrel is screwed hand tight
into the reciever?
 

CRMausr7

Member
Post a close up photo of the barrel reciever and bolt. Does the barrel screw into the reciever?
How far to or past top dead center are the sights when the barrel is screwed hand tight
into the reciever?

I don't know. Currently, the rifle has its original barrel installed, but it keyholes when I fire it. I have a replacement barrel for it, but since I don't have the tools or experience, I haven't tried to remove the original barrel or install the replacement unit.
 

mowzerluvr

Hey Buddy, is that an E/4 in your pocket?
It's an easy procedure that I can no longer perform. What "fitting" does the stock require? 99% of k98 stocks are built so well they are essentially interchangeable. It's a longshot as he has not been active but try reaching out to solman here on the forum. He lives right near you in Washington state. He may be able to help or know someone more local.
 

K98K3006

Member
I ran across this thread while searching for something else, I realize it's a few months old by now, but thought I'd chime in with a gunsmith recommendation, if it's helpful.

Jim Albright of Albright Firearms Service in Wisconsin specializes in WWII-era service rifles. A number of years ago he replaced a barrel for me on a post-war Long Branch No4 Mk1* Enfield which had a slight bulge close to the muzzle of the original barrel. We used a brand-new Criterion barrel (they did a run of them a while back) and in fact it was Criterion who recommended Jim to me. Price was reasonable, turnaround was prompt, good communication, and his work was neat as a pin (involved swapping over the front sight as well). The rifle is in outstanding original condition otherwise, hence I thought it worth the expense to put the Criterion on it. I was pleased with the outcome.
 

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