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He'll make a 7x57 rifle out of it I picked one up in 9. The stock is a little rough but the metal is slick. Mine shoots about an inch at yards off a bench. The trigger is fine. I would buy another. Those rifles are not pretty by some folks standards but make excellent hunting rifles or knock around truck guns you betcha.
Originally Posted by 2Bits. The Zastava M70 version of the Mauser 98 action has been around since and has been sold under various brand names. The Interarms Mk X is one of the better known iterations and was sold in both complete rifle and barreled action form by Interarms from until they closed up shop in The completed rifles had superb metal work and nice stocks, but with pressed checkering decent pressed checkering but still pressed. The metal work on the barreled actions was equally superb and they were frequently used to build custom Mauser rifles.
Zastava changed from an inside the trigger guard release for the floor plate to a cross button release around or so, but the quality always remained very high. Zastava uses hammer forged barrels and more importantly they know what they are doing, so you get a dimensionally precise barrel with very smooth surfaces in the bore, that is also very hard and durable.
None of the several Zastava made Mausers I've owned over the years have ever had a barrel that changed the POI as the barrel heated up - suggesting that Zastava knows exactly what it's doing when it comes to properly stress relieving a barrel. After Interarms closed, Charles Daly imported them with composite stocks and Remington imported them as the Remongton Model for a couple years with laminate stocks. The metal work and finish is still superb, but the stocks leave a bit to be desired, with a shoe polish like finish and checkering that is best described as a good start on a checkering pattern.
That's not Zastava's issue but rather an artifact of how CAI is ordering them to keep the prices low, and to Zastava's credit they apparently will not skimp on the metal work. My understanding is that CAI also imports a barreled action version or did , so that's an option if you can find one.
Otherwise, just get the complete rifle and either properly finish the stock or re-stock it. Given the Mk X's long history as a starting point for a custom rifle, there are a multitude of after market stock options for it in wood, laminates, and composites. If a maker sells a semi-inletted or drop in stock, the odds are they have one for a Mk X, and the barreled actions are identical in trims of barrel contour and action dimensions on all them regardless of brand.
The differences you'll find will be in barrel lengths - for example the Remington in. BB code is On. All times are GMT The time now is Add Thread to del.
Zastava Mauser Actions Registered Users do not see the above ad. Shawn Crea Super Moderator. The bolt-action design was the latest refinement of the design patented by Paul Mauser on 9 September Mauser was already selling similar design weapons to many other countries, and had supplied less advanced Mauser rifles to the German Army from to The replacement for the Mauser was an internal design from the Army, but failed through an impractical design.
In the interim decade, Mauser rifles became recognized as the world standard, and the German Army became outclassed by a German-made product in the hands of others.
The German Gewehr-Prüfungskommission G. Rifle Testing Commission adopted the Gewehr 98 on 5 April The action was derived from the experimental Gewehr 96 Rifle. In , the first troop issues of the Gewehr 98 Rifles were made to the East Asian Expeditionary Force, the Navy, and three premier Prussian army corps.
The first combat use of the Gewehr 98 was during the Boxer Rebellion — At the outbreak of WWI in , the German Army had 2,, Mauser rifles of all types; additional 7,, were produced during the war.
The ammunition conversion was indicated by a small "S" stamped above the chamber and on the barrel at the back of the rear sight base. The Gewehr 98 has two sling swivels, open front sights, and a curved tangent-type rear sight, known as the Lange Visier. The controlled-feed bolt-action of the Gewehr 98 is a distinct feature and is regarded as one of the major bolt-action system designs.
A drawback of the M98 system is that it cannot be cheaply mass-produced very easily. Some other bolt-action designs e. The M98 system  consists of a receiver that serves as the system's shroud and a bolt group of which the bolt body has three locking lugs, two large main lugs at the bolt head and a third safety lug at the rear of the bolt, which serves as a backup in case the primary locking lugs failed.
This third lug is a distinctive feature and was not present on previous Mauser bolt action designs. The bolt handle is permanently attached to the bolt and, on the Gewehr 98, is straight and protrudes out for optimal leverage. Another distinctive feature of the M98 system is the controlled-feed mechanism, consisting of a large, non-rotating claw extractor that engages the cartridge case rim as soon as the round leaves the magazine and firmly holds the cartridge case until the round is ejected by the ejector, mounted inside the receiver.
Combined with a slight bolt retraction at the last stage of the bolt opening cycle, caused by the cammed surface on the rear receiver bridge, this results in a positive cartridge case extraction.
The M98 bolt-action will cycle correctly, irrespective of the way the rifle is moved or positioned during the bolt cycling action or if the cartridge has been fired or not. Only if the bolt is not brought back far enough, sharply enough, in a controlled round feed bolt-action the cartridge case may not be cleanly ejected and a jam may result.
The bolt houses the firing pin mechanism that cocks when the bolt is opened, and the cocking piece protrudes visually and tactilely from the rear of the bolt to indicate the action is cocked.
A cocking shroud lock that was not present on previous Mauser bolt-action designs was added. The distance the firing pin needs to travel was decreased to reduce and hence improve lock time — the amount of time between initiating the firing sequence by releasing the trigger and the firing pin striking the primer that ignites the propellant contained in the 7.
The M98 action features two large oval shaped gas relief holes on the bottom of the bolt, which when catastrophic failures like a primer, cartridge rupture or detonation occur relieve high pressure gases into the magazine, and a gas shield on the bolt sleeve.
Military M98 systems feature a secondary gas relieve where gas is routed down the locking lug raceway to a thumb hole cutout exit on left side of receiver.
Civilian M98 systems often lack the thumb hole cut out, as the ammunition feeding is generally simplified to single round feeding only. These safety features are designed to route escaping gas out of the bolt and eventual debris away from the operator's face. The M98 bolt group can be easily removed from the receiver simply by rotating the safety lever to the 12 o'clock position and pulling out the bolt stop lever, located at the rear left wall of the receiver, and then operate the action and continue rearward bolt travel past the bolt stop.
The metal disc inlay in the stock functions as a bolt disassembly tool. Many metal parts of the Gewehr 98 were blued , a process in which steel is partially protected against rust by a layer of magnetite Fe 3 O 4. Such a thin black oxide layer provides minimal protection against rust or corrosion, unless also treated with a water-displacing oil to reduce wetting and galvanic corrosion.
From until the German military used Ballistol intended for cleaning, lubricating, and protecting metallic, wooden and leather firearms parts. A three-position safety attached at the rear of the bolt which operating lever can be flicked from right safety on, bolt locked to middle safety on, bolt can be opened for reloading , to left ready to fire , but only when the rifle is cocked; otherwise, the safety will not move.
The safety secures the firing pin. The safety catch lever is quite large, making it easy to operate, but posing a problem for mounting telescopic sights low above the receiver whilst retaining good operability of the safety catch lever. The internal magazine of the M98 system consists of an integral box machined to match the cartridge for which the rifle was being chambered, with a detachable floorplate, that can hold up to 5 rifle cartridges.
The cartridges are stored in the magazine box in a staggered column at a stacking angle of 30 degrees, so viewed from the end, three cartridges touching each other form the points of an equilateral triangle. The magazine can be loaded with single rounds by pushing the cartridges into the receiver top opening or via stripper clips.
Each stripper clip can hold 5 rounds to fill the magazine and is inserted into clip guides machined into the rear receiver bridge. After loading, the empty clip is ejected when the bolt is closed. For easier loading a crescent shaped thumb hole cutout is present at the left rear of the receiver top. The magazine can be unloaded by operating the bolt the safety should, for safety reasons, be set to the middle position for this or, in case of mechanical problems, by opening the magazine floorplate, which is flush with the stock, with the help of a cartridge tip.
Alternatively cartridges can be loaded singly directly into the chamber, as is standard on military rifles of the period, since the extractor is spring-loaded and designed so the extractor claw "pops" over the rim of the cartridge on closing.
The Gewehr 98 had no magazine cut-off mechanism, which when engaged permits the feeding and extraction of single cartridges only while keeping the cartridges in the magazine in reserve. Like the M98 system Mauser magazine fed bolt-action systems were generally not manufactured with magazine cut-offs, the Ottoman Mauser Model variant being the exception. These rifles retail for approximately EUR 6, for the basic Mauser M 98 version, but the addition of luxury options can make these rifles much more expensive.
Many Mauser M98 inspired derivatives feature technical alterations to simplify production. The rifle had a two-stage trigger with considerable take up before the trigger engages the sear.
This feature aids in preventing premature firing during stressful combat situations. Originally the Gewehr 98 sight line had an open post type front sight, and a curved tangent-type rear sight with a V-shaped rear notch, known as the Lange Visier Lange sight after its designer Lieutenant Colonel Lange. The standard open iron sight aiming elements consisted of relatively coarse rugged aiming elements making the sightline suitable for rough handling and low light usage, but less suitable for aiming at small point targets.
The tracks of the rear sight obstructed the view to the sides during aiming. The sights were designed with distant area fire targets like charging horseman units in mind, so the standard iron sight line could be calibrated for very long ranges.
Military doctrine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries considered firing at distant area targets, where an officer would call out the range and the soldiers shot in volley, normal. Besides the chambering, the bore designated as "S-bore" was also dimensionally redesigned. The pattern 7. While the modified sight line for pattern 7. The Gewehr 98 oil finished rifle stock features a semi-pistol grip. A top handguard was standard on all rifles and extended from the front of the rear sight base terminating just ahead of the bottom barrel band.
A steel cross bolt was mounted to distribute the forces and hence the effects of recoil on the stock bedding, reducing the chance to split the stock. The stock featured a quick detachable sling swivel on the underside of the butt stock, a top swivel located underneath the bottom barrel band, and a parade hook mounted on the underside of the top H-style barrel band. The prewar stocks were produced from walnut wood and were aged for an average of three years to allow the wood to stabilize.
Beginning in , walnut shortages necessitated the use of beech wood. The late-war production beech stocks were less durable and heavier than the original walnut stocks. The rifle was issued with a leather carrying sling.
During the duration of World War I, due to a shortage of leather, slings were produced out of canvas [ citation needed ]. The rifle was able to fire rifle grenades. Various attachable rifle grenade launcher models were designed during World War I. The Gewehr 98 was designed to be used with a bayonet. The long bearing surface on the Gewehr 98 bayonet lug eliminated the addition of a muzzle ring.
The advantage of this solution lies in the fact that muzzle rings can interfere with barrel oscillation which can significantly impede the accuracy of a rifle. The rifle was originally issued with the Seitengewehr 98 pattern bayonet.
It was called the "Butcher Blade" by the Allies due to its distinctive shape, and was initially intended for artillerymen and engineers as a chopping tool as well as a weapon. Serrated, saw-backed versions of the standard patterns intended to be used as tools were carried by German Pioniere pioneers. In the spring of , it was decided to fit 15, Gewehr 98 rifles, selected for being exceptionally accurate during factory tests, with telescopic sights for sniper use, though the Gewehr 98 was not designed for use with aiming optics.
These sights were mounted offset to the left to allow stripper clip loading of the rifle and the sights had a bullet drop compensation sight drum out to 1, m range in m increments. The bolt handle had to be turned-down from its original straight design. In the stock, a recess had to be made to accommodate the turned-down bolt handle modification.
The wartime Scharfschützen-Gewehr 98 program intended to regularize equipment issued for snipers but failed. The telescopic sights used consisted of 2. Several different mountings produced by various manufacturers were used. Even with a turned-down bolt handle unless it is low-profile as is common practice with modern hunting rifles , optics mounted low directly above the receiver will not leave enough space between the rifle and the telescopic sight body for unimpaired operation of the bolt or three-position safety catch lever.
This ergonomic problem was solved by mounting the telescopic sight relatively high above the receiver. By the end of World War I, 18, Gewehr 98 rifles were converted and equipped with telescopic sights and issued to German snipers.
Military carbines were developed for non-infantry formations, which needed to protect themselves in combat environments. In the German Army of the early 20th century the units armed with carbines included: Artillery, bicycle, cavalry, engineer, machine gun, military police, motor transport, airship, supply, and telephone and telegraph units.
Not to be confused with the later Karabiner 98k or earlier Karabiner 98A uppercase A , the Karabiner 98a Kar 98a was a shorter version of the Gewehr 98 originally made for cavalry and support unit use.
The preceding model Karabiner 98A, with a considerably shorter barrel than the Gewehr 98 and at 3. During experiments with S Patrone rechambered Karabiner 98A carbines excessive recoil and muzzle flash problems arose, which lead to the suspension of production in By the mid-summer of the longer barrelled prototype carbines showed more acceptable recoil and muzzle blast behavior with the S Patrone.
The "AZ" stands for "Aufpflanz-und-Zusammensetzvorrichtung". The "A" stood for "with bayonet", the "Z" stood for stacking pyramid, meaning carbine Model with bayonet attachment point and stacking rod device.
At the end of World War I about 1. In , the AZ was dropped for 'a' as Germany sought to distinguish the model from the newer models 'b' and 'k'.
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