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Old January 4, 2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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K98 Help Please!

I bought a K98 (Yugo capture I think). And I was overlooking it recently because I was redoing the entire gun (yeah I know, I didnt sporterize it or anything, I just got the previous failed attempt to redo the stock that someone else, possibly the yugos did, out. it kinda looked like shellac, wasnt sure though. I found some more waffenamt stamps that im not sure what they mean. On the front sight base it has the eagle and "18" under it. same on the rear sight. Also has Waa63 on the rear sight base, and also on the firing pin.the outer part of the bolt has an eagle with "25" on it. the serial number match on the floor plate, reciever, and stock. what im basically asking is, is it possible most of this is original? or did the yugos restamp everything? also, since the eagle is on the front and back sight with 18, does that mean its the same barrel too? if so. what does the 18 mean? i know its a year, i just cant find what year. I'll post some pics too, because honestly where i live not many people know about these guns. i want to know how good i redid the gun.when i got it, it had a DARK red finish, could barely see the wood grain at all,looked terrible, and the barrel was 18 and this is my first try at redoing, well, anything. sorry about the bad layout of the thread, first thread ever.

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Old January 4, 2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

You probably need to post a few clearer pics for most to be able to determine much on the rifle.

Reads like the rifle is a Russian capture, based on the red shellac, pending photos that can be seen. Have never heard of Yugo captures. I believe they got a pile of 98s from the Russians after the war though.

Others might chime in, but to be of more help I'd need to know what the receiver ring is marked.
Are the matching numbers stamped or engraved? Stock number on the toe, side of the stock, or in the barrel channel? No WWII 98 rifles were electric penciled nor were stock numbers on the side of the stock.

The eagle/18 and 63 are the parts acceptance stamps from military inspectors who were assigned their respective areas along with their inspector number.

E/18 is normally attributed to Gustloff as well as early 'DOU' - Bruno- Bystrica rifles. The E/63 is associated with Czech produced rifles as well.

The majority of 98 stocks prior to 1945 were stained prior to final finish.

Round up a camera now, JT
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