I have this k98 that I believe to be a 1944, my main question is why the stock is cut short up front? Also if I wanted to get a compatible stock that looks like every other k98, would I need a ww2 German? I didn’t get any info when I bought it but did slight research. Appreciate any info
take a look at the “reference section” of this site for rifles of the same year & code, to get an idea of what it ‘should’ look like.
Yes the front of the stock was cut & reshaped, you are missing the bayonet lug w/pin, upper & lower bands, & band spring. from your 1st & 3rd photos, I can see that the recoil lug has been replaced by a special aftermarket one, designed to attach a “no drill” scope mount, brand is ‘brass stacker’, ‘bone collector’ or ‘combat hunting’ or similar. the normal configuration is a plain head on the left of the stock with a round nut with 2 pin holes on the right. yours is 2 hex socket drive button head screws, one on each side, made to attach the cage-style scope mount. (never, ever used in-period, strictly recent aftermarket) If you intend to fire the rifle, be sure the action screws are tight, as well as those 2 buttonheads. You may well find the stock or metal parts you need here on our Trader.