Your Model 24/47 was made in Yugoslavia (now Serbia) at the Red Flag (Zastava) armory. The crest on the receiver is a wreath of laurels with grain sheafs and the red Communist star. 1943 refers to the founding of Marshal Tito's government.
Your rifle is chambered in 7.92X57mm, aka 8X57mm, aka 8mm Mauser. Ammo is very common, and surplus and commercial ammunition are available. Surplus ammo is generally corrosive, so you would need to clean the bore after firing with soap and water (Windex, hot water, or any one of a dozen other favorite brews) and oil well to prevent rust and corrosion.
Wipe the wood down with Scotts Liquid Gold, and after several cleanings it will actually look like wood.
Last edited by Scorch; April 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM.