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Old September 17, 2012, 08:24 PM   #12
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 24,160
Hi, MCB,

Please re-read what you wrote above. Your info is usually right on the money, but what you wrote is just confusing.

AFAIK: There are two Mauser receiver ring sizes, the small ring and the large ring. The former was used on pre-1898 Mausers and on the Kar 98a adopted during WWI. For lightness, that rifle, otherwise an 1898 model, uses a small receiver ring.*

All other Mauser 1898's (Gew. 98, K.98k, etc.) as well as copies (VZ-24) use the large ring. The action length, whether measured by the distance between guard screws, or some other way, is another issue.

It is a bit like judging a man's height by his hat size.

*After the war, so many were acquired by Turkey that they became known as the "small ring Turk" even though they were actually made in Germany.

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