View Full Version : What rifle is this???

November 6, 2004, 04:28 PM
My grand dad gave it to me 4 years ago. I just put it in the gun safe and cleaned it once a year and never fired it. My software for my dig camra is somewhere and i will post pics asap.

Here is what is stamped barrel.
cal .30 06
Mod 98

on the bolt
8433 L

under the gun on the mag that is permanet (load from the top)

It is a bolt action with a peap sight. The saftey is on the bolt right infront of the sight. So when the saftey is up you can not aim or shot. Firing is to the left and all the way right it does nothing. There is no maker stamped on it like my win 30-30 or my rem mod 700 270 ect ect.
I asome it is a milatry rifle sence there is no make on it.

He told me he got it in WWII but he was old and you know how they can ramble so i never got the rest of the storie and he past away.

any kinda of help would be aprishated.

November 6, 2004, 05:58 PM
Might be a sporterised military Mauser, with the 30-06 American caliber, and the peep sight. Please post good pictures with a close up of the action area, or even a good drawing of the gun with notes on the markings and where they are located. An all original condition WW2 German war trophy rifle in good condition is worth lots more than a sporterised version, unless it was a custom job from a famous maker.

November 7, 2004, 02:26 AM
I know for a fact it is not a custom job because he did get it in ww2. Just talked to my grandma. She did not know what moddle it was eather.

Here are the pics.

November 7, 2004, 02:43 AM
Looks like a military mauser action. The "48" on the front action ring seems to indicate that it is a Model 48 Yugoslavian Mauser (a short action large ring model 98 variant). It being a mod 48, made in 1948, means it isn't a WW II rifle. Although it was probably modified by a german/european gunsmith and rechambered for .30-06 and the bolt replaced. If everything is tight, it should be a good shooter!

November 7, 2004, 03:51 AM
The number is a 43 not a 48. Guess that is my fault with a bad pic.

The side says it is a mod 98 but i got it in 2000 and my grand dad has had it sence i can remember.

Marko Kloos
November 7, 2004, 08:39 AM
That Mauser was made in 1943 by the Wilhelm-Gustloff-Werke in Weimar, Germany. It's definitely a wartime Mauser 98k, only someone rebarreled it to .30-06 later on.

The rebarreling ruins its collector value, but it should make a good shooter if it headspaces properly.

November 7, 2004, 09:09 AM
now for a dumb question.

Y would it have 43 stapped on the barrel???

Now that u say something about it i notice that the stapp are grealy diffrant.

paul s
November 7, 2004, 09:51 AM
Thats the reciever thats stamped 43, not the barrel! What a Goober?

November 9, 2004, 08:10 AM
The part that is stamped "bcd 43" is the receiver ring, which the barrel is screwed into. As Mr. Kloos alluded to, the "bcd" is a maker's code (German wartime codes didn't actually 'stand for' anything; Mauser at Oberndorf was 'byf',) and '43' indicates that it was made in 1943. If the rest of the stock is as nice as what work we can see in you pictures, you have a good example of a 'bring-back' war trophy Mauser 98k that was customized (the term is usually "sporterized") into a deer rifle by a returning GI who was probably amply sick of war and military rifles. :)