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Ctkwineguy

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Low serial number model 98 help please
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:04:24 AM »
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I am looking for some history on my hunting rifle.  Was given to me by my grandfather 40 years ago...yes finally doing some homework. Model 98, 30-06 serial number 6020, yes really. Eagle holding swastika hallmarks among others.  Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Re: Low serial number model 98 help please
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 10:40:38 PM »
Up until about 1943, the Germans made weapons in blocks of 10,000, which each block denoted by a letter suffix.  For example, 1 to 9999, 1 to 9999 a, 1 to 9999 b, etc.  Your rifle looks like a "v" block.  Since it was once a military rifle, but has now been turned into a hunting rifle, it will be difficult to tell you much more as a lot of the original numbers and markings are gone.

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Re: Low serial number model 98 help please
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 05:45:44 AM »
Thank you, I will take a few more pictures of the hallmarks as they are quite clear...except in the photo I posted, of course!


What about the caliber 30-06?  I have 3 hunting rifles that were given to me. (1) 1917 Enfield rebarrelled for 30-338,   (2) Mauser 98's one was rebarreld for 280-338, and the other we are discussing.  I have read about the 8mm 8x57, 7x57, 7.92x57...etc.  so question number two, is the 30-06 caliber original to this Mauser?  Or is this another rebarrel?  My grandfather was a gunsmith and these were his rifles then given to me.


I will post more photos that should help.


Thanks again

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Re: Low serial number model 98 help please
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2017, 01:52:03 AM »
No, this rifle was re-barreled to 30-06.