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Kar 98 1910

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I have a Kar 98 stamped 1910 on the receiver. It was my first deer rifle which my grandfather found leaning against a tree during deer season back in the 50's. The barrel had a bulge and split about an inch down from the muzzle, and as a shop project, I cut off two inches of the barrel and re sweated on the front sight, The bore is dark, but, lands and rifling is visible.

I used to load ammo for it and found at max load the bullets would tumble. I havn't touched the gun in years and now have recently thought to do something with it. A new barrel maybe?

I have a great supply of .308 W reloading components and thought to change to this as I only have dies
for the .323 ammo.

What do you all think?

Buffalo Bob
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A Mauser is perceived to be a Mauser, the KAR is not a 98 Mauser,. the front receiver ring is the same diameter as a small ring Mauser, the barrel shank is the same diameter as the large ring Mauser, this configuration, at best, makes it a transitional rifle. Doing the math, the receiver ring is thinner than the large ring, it is also thinner than the 03 Springfield, so, I would advise against the 30/06, 8mm06 and the 338/06 AND the 308 Winchester. unless the Germans got the metal to make the KAR feom the same place Jack got his magic beans.

Setting in the Home Field Deli in Yonkers, NY when someone walked in and ask for help with a gun that had been separated from it's bolt and would not go back together, half the customers in the deli including the owner singled me out, that is not the kind of attention I welcome, they all assured me it was OK because they knew him? I rearranged the parts and assembled his rifle then informed him the KAR 98 was the Only Mauser I knew of that would fire by by pulling the trigger AND by pushing the trigger, He informed me that was not his problem because he was going to sell it for $100.00 dollars and that included a new box of Remington 8mm ammo.

Someone had started to remove the action from the stock when they ran into difficulty getting the barrel band and rear sight over the front sight, and that is where they quit.

I have one, just like the 7.7, someone mentions the Japanese rifle, the first response is "The strongest rifle in the world", mention the KAR 98 the first response is ,The receiver is suspect" I agree BUT I chambered my KAR 98 to 8mm06 and went to the range, covered the rifle and fired 10 rounds 3 grains off max, all 10 fired cases were ejected without evidence of progressive set back, all the cases were the same length from the head of the case to it's shoulder, later I found a 98 Mauser with a 7mm57 barrel now I am going to install the 7mm57 on the KAR 98 and the 8mm57 on the Mauser 98 action, and that is the way I believe it should be.

And there is n nothing wrong with road testing before hitting the road.

F. Guffey

And there is nothing wrong with having an 8mm06 barrel with a large shank, JIC, just in case.
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