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Old March 24th, 2017, 09:05 AM   #16
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Congratulations on the priceless rifle.

My wife's M48 seems to shoot pretty well for a vintage surplus battle rifle. My K98K, on the other hand, has a lot of character, but I can't seem to hit crap much of anything with it :) I think it needs some help. At the moment, it's mostly a cool novelty piece. If I was going to pick up another Mauser to actually shoot, I'd probably just got for an M48. Not saying that they're inherently better, but in terms of what's available, in what condition...

Once you're convinced it's safe, enjoy the memories, new and old. I like the 8mm Mauser round.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 08:08 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the info, guys. I called a gun shop to see what they would charge to check the headspace, they said 40 bucks. I figured with the actual amount of rounds I'll pop out of this rifle (minimal at best), it'd be a decent expenditure instead of me buying a tool that'll probably never get used again in my lifetime.

I asked can I swing by and you check it. He said the gunsmith has a 3 week backlog, I can drop it off and they'll call in 3-4 weeks when it's finished.

I laughed.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 08:41 PM   #18
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You can't be serious. $40 and 3-4 weeks for something that takes less than five minutes?

Just get your own Field Gauge. Heck, if you don't want it afterwards, I'd probably buy it off you.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 09:01 PM   #19
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Yep, dead serious. I even said I'll take the extractor off the bolt, you know, save the guy a minute and a half. But they were doing the whole deal, Go, No-Go, and Field. Oooo, now THAT'S hard and time consuming......

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Old March 25th, 2017, 08:11 PM   #20
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What is stamped between the barrel band and front sight is part of the import stamp. Look for another line marked CIA ST ALBANS VT. It is possible it will be very faint. The M48 were imported from Syria and Iraq.
Mystery solved !!

You are 100% correct ! I put on my magnifying visor that I use to detail my N scale trains and grabbed my brightest flashlight and on the barrel, ever so faint, is CAI GEORGIA, VT. Not CIA, but the same company nonetheless.

Thanks guys for all the help.

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Old March 30th, 2017, 09:51 PM   #21
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Well, I got the field gauge, removed my extractor from the bolt, cleaned my chamber and bolt, inserted the field gauge in the chamber and slid in my bolt.

The circular clip that holds the extractor quickly got stuck inside the receiver when the bolt went in about half an inch. Using long needle nosed pliers I squeezed the tabs and removed the bolt.

I guess that clip has to be removed but it looks purt-near impossible. Is there a tip or trick I should know ? The caveman approach of prying seems so wrong.

What am I missing ?

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Old March 31st, 2017, 04:16 PM   #22
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MudPie, the band of the collar itself is not hardened or tempered, but try to pry evenly, and just enough to remove, and after you are finished push it back on and try to hold together while trying to reinstall the extractor. It could be easier with "Extractor pliers" as shown, but you are probably "Tooled Out". If you have M14/M1A "flash hider pliers" they may work to hold the extractor collar closed, to reinstall the extractor.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 08:07 PM   #23
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I would also recommend checking the headspace, because you never know. Years ago (late '80s) an LGS had Czech VZ-24s for a decent price, the ones on the shelf left a lot to be desired... the clerk, went into the back, and brought one out, that they had just got in... from an importer with the initials... C.I.A. It was beautiful, strong bluing on all of the metal, receivers crest sharp, excellent wood... you could say at 95% of "as new"... bolt didn't match, but no biggie back then, new bolts were cheap and plentiful. Bore sharp and "shiny"!

I took it home, and attempted to get some of the cosmolene out of the bore, with some degreaser, and a patch, to check the "headspace". As I sprayed the degreaser into the barrel, I was met with a "flood of degreaser" coming out of the stock and handguard. I fashioned a spanner to remove the lower band, and removed the handguard... there staring me in the face was a 14mm hole bored into the chamber, from above!!!

Due to the condition of the receiver, I kept it, but not before I "Bent a few ears", on liability issues. After that the LGS started issuing disclaimers with all surplus weapons, and a signed affidavit from the purchaser that they would have the weapon checked by a gunsmith prior to firing.

I never did receive a response from the "importer", and as far as I am concerned, I haven't, and will not do any business with them any more.
Many years ago "The American Rifleman" did an article warning shooters of the exact same issue your rifle has. They believed it occurred during WWII as an act of sabotage against the Germans. A lot of slave and forced labor was used by the Germans to manufacture weapons during WWII.

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Old March 31st, 2017, 10:52 PM   #24
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I was thinking; can I take lightly pinch the tabs closed then take a piece of thin wire and wrap the tabs together, keeping the collar closed ? This way there will be no need to remove it.

I'm sure others more experienced than me may have tried this, but I was just wondering.

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Old April 1st, 2017, 09:31 AM   #25
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I tried my test stated above.

I took a twist-tie left over from something, twisted it tightly around the extractor tabs to pull them closed and I was able to slide my bolt in and out without removing the circular clip.

I checked my headspace with a field gauge as suggested here, it passed, bolt did not close.

So, thanks to everyone here, I did my Dad's final wish; I checked the headspace of this rifle before I fire it.

Thanks again.

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Old April 6th, 2017, 07:32 PM   #26
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I bought 6 boxes of 8mm ammo from SG Ammo.

If the stars align tomorrow, I'll be hitting the range.

Here's to ya, Dad. I'm finally firing your last rifle after all these years, keep the wind to my back, the sun from my eyes. If my shootin' eye gets moist, it's the sun. Yep. That damn sun.

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Old April 7th, 2017, 01:01 AM   #27
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I bought 6 boxes of 8mm ammo from SG Ammo.

If the stars align tomorrow, I'll be hitting the range.

Here's to ya, Dad. I'm finally firing your last rifle after all these years, keep the wind to my back, the sun from my eyes. If my shootin' eye gets moist, it's the sun. Yep. That damn sun.
Good son, you are...

Bring us some pictures of the rifle, please?

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Old April 7th, 2017, 05:13 PM   #28
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I don't have any recent pics, this was the night I scraped most of the cosmo off.

I left the stock with all it's rack dents, I felt it gave it some character. I just washed all the cosmo off. All the metal was broken down and scrubbed with Hoppes #9, several toothbrushes, and a gazillion rags and Q-Tips. I spent the most time on the bolt and action, they were a little overzealous slathering on the cosmo. When you pulled the trigger it would take 2-3 seconds for the firing pin to release.

It looks a little more cleaner now. Maybe it's time for a more recent pic.

Oh, I did not go to the range today as I said I would. I thought yesterday was Friday....oops.
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