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Old September 23, 2008, 05:51 AM   #2
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Nice find!

All the pictures of Brazilian '08s in both Ball and Olson show blued/dark barrel bands.

I, too, have an '08, but it's an Itajuba-manufactured '08/34. Because who doesn't want a Mauser 98 chambered in .30-'06?

How shiny are the bands? Could the rifle have possibly been used for parade functions and the bluing polished off the bands to add a little more snap & pop during formations?
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