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Bob in OHIO

Senior Member
I like it too, it’s pretty randy /dandy. You might flip the recoil bolt around as its installed 180 degrees off the mark.

Where did you get the stock, and what did the ‘smith charge for his work?
 

waw44

Member
I'll get that sorted out before I shoot it. I bought the stock and handguard as a set off eBay about 18 months ago for $125 (no idea who made it). My gunsmith charged $500 for everything (removing the old barrel, installing & headspacing the new one, installing the takedown disc, and fitting the wood). It would've probably been cheaper if he hadn't been forced to machine the barrel out of the receiver to remove it (it was frozen in place after 80 years).

OK, the new barrel killed collectability, but you could have at least kept it more correct looking.

As it is now:

- The stock looks like a bleached/sanded slab.
- The cheap ebay takedown disk just looks like a washer stuck in there.
- No idea why you replaced the upped band, but it's wrong for a dou 42
- The new trigger guard is wrong for a k98k

Sorry. I'm all for projects and restorations, but this could have gone better.
 

Zeppelin5000

Senior Member
OK, the new barrel killed collectability, but you could have at least kept it more correct looking.

As it is now:

- The stock looks like a bleached/sanded slab.
- The cheap ebay takedown disk just looks like a washer stuck in there.
- No idea why you replaced the upped band, but it's wrong for a dou 42
- The new trigger guard is wrong for a k98k

Sorry. I'm all for projects and restorations, but this could have gone better.
I'd have to agree....

I like the before photo better. You'll probably find that most people here are purists, even of the rifle isn't matching/correct, they at least like it to look the part. This one falls short of that. That's my opinion of course.
 

waw44

Member
- No idea why you replaced the upper band, but it's wrong for a dou 42

So I will need to apologize for that one. I just saw your thread where you did ask which band is correct and that the answer for the particular production block of your rifle was a solid band.
 

runner

Senior Member
As far as the barrel goes, it was either replace it, or have the gun as a wall-hanger. I don't buy any firearm that I don't intend to shoot at least 1 time. As for the other things: the stock is a reproduction, not an original (the one that came on the gun was in very poor condition). I couldn't find an original takedown disk that was the correct size for the replacement stock. And I didn't know that the trigger guard was incorrect for a K98k. Anybody happen to have one that's either numbered "4065" or is unnumbered?

The trigger guard, with the hole for a removable swivel is for a Mauser with a bottom mounted sling, Gew. 98 or Standard Modell for example. Your rifle needs a milled trigger guard without the hole.

As a collector’s forum, it is my opinion/observation that members routinely buy rifles with no intention of shooting them, although most have at least one range rifle, usually a RC or other mixmaster. I understand the desire to have a nice shooter, and if you had started with just a receiver and then added new barrel, stock, bands, etc. you would probably have received more positive comments, but on a collector focused forum you are generally going to get beat up for replacing an original part, even if that part is in poor condition. Candidly if I am looking to add one to the collection, the bore is the last thing I concern myself with, but that is just me, others approach it differently.

Now that you have a nice range rifle, if you want to add to your collection, you can focus on more original examples.

good luck
 

Humbarger

Senior Member
if he hadn't been forced to machine the barrel out of the receiver to remove it (it was frozen in place after 80 years).

Thats crap. I've been working with k98s for over 53 years and I have NEVER
CAME ACROSS ONE THAT I COULDN'T UNSCREW THE BARREL. It just requires
the proper tools.
 

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