Cleaned Up 1941 German Mauser K98

this is my 1941 Gustloff Werke German Mauser K98 i bought from big 5 sporting goods. I just finished re-finishing the wood stock and cleaning the metal parts. all the metal parts were in way better, cleaner shape, than my 1925 mosin nagant and required very little cleaning. the stock however looked like it saw some real action and needed some love.

i soaked the stock down with warm water and crud cutter and scrubbed it with a scotch brite pad. I then sanded the stock down to remove any old coatings remaining. I pre-stained the stock with minwax pre-stain, then i stained it with a minwax dark oil based stain, and finished it up with about 5 coats of minwax wipe on poly. i sanded with fine steel wool inbetween coats and on the final coat to give it a shiny but flat, more original, look unlike my super high gloss mosin nagant.

time to fire it, next weekend, 2/26/2011

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Автор David Ford ( назад)
Awesome, buff said.

Автор Fone Star ( назад)
Ah, my gun porn fix for the day! Thank-you!

I have a 1950 Belgian FN Mauser in .30-06. Common caliber + greatest bolt
rifle design ever + and best European manufacturer = best of all worlds.

Автор mercado391 ( назад)
What color stain and brand did you use. Im in the process of refinishing a
M48 Mauser :)

Автор Tom Measor ( назад)
Nice weapon. I'd love to own a gun like that.

Автор Bolt-action2186 ( назад)
was the bolt on your rifle originally blued or did you re-blue it?

Автор hellcat29er ( назад)
Nice. I remember back in 2011 I think was the last time that Big 5 had
german k98's and the one store of 2 in the area that had one available was
beat to hell. I mean we're talking dings, cracks...it was horrible. All
markings were intact though but I couldn't do it. That was a big project
rifle and I'm no expert.

Автор raptor5908 ( назад)
Congartulation! Really well done - absolutely (!) nice rifle. At the moment
I`m refurbishing my K98k, S/42, 1937. I`ve especially to work on the stock
- I want a new painting. The painting you used is absolutely awseome. Such
a color was used to quite a lot of K98ks during and befor WWII in germany.
Absolutely well done - deep respect an big support from my side. Greetings
from Austria / Europe.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@zenREVolution not sure if my other comment went through, but thank you. i
actually didnt have to do too much work on this. used a dark stain to keep
it original looking.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@John Mac it was made under code bcd, weimer germany at the time. was made
at a jewish camp. sad, but tons of history.

Автор zenREVolution ( назад)
Very nice rework on the stock!.. I i were to refinish my russian rebuild
and get rid of the shellac (which i won't bc i like the history) I would
try to emulate yours.. just the right amount of shine and the perfect color
stain. You did an absolutely wonderful job man!

Автор John Mac ( назад)
Beautiful rifle. Do you know which factory? I have a 1940 K98 made by

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@snoopyofdoomxx i got it from Big 5 Sporting goods for $400. its a Russian
capture but the swastikas are still intact. i got real lucky finding this
one. have you tried JG sales or cheaper than dirt? if you just want a good
Mauser to shoot, not collect, mitchells mausers might have something.

Автор Billiam ( назад)
I see, thanks! Yeah, that's what I figured. Where'd you get your K98? I
can't find em anywhere, online or locally!

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
I just used a little bit of that liquid cold blueing paste stuff and tried
my best not to get it on the wood. I couldn't get the button out of the
stock. I think it's a 2 piece button that's press fit together or something.

Автор Billiam ( назад)
How did you blue the button on the buttstock? Did you tape off the wooden
part or remove the button somehow?

Автор tony montana ( назад)
hello all :) i have put a videos who show you a mauser found in france.
Nice videos :)

Автор John Pearson ( назад)
Nice job on the resto,I have a dot 44 that I restored, mis-matched numbers
and parts. I just picked up a byf 43 matching numbers on all parts exept
the bolt. Someone had put a urethane coating on the stock which I promptly
removed. I like properly restored guns.

Автор Lilbailnick (704 года назад)
If it the value of your Mauser matters to you don't sand the stock. Just
remove the shellac with denatured alcohol and then add some BLO for
protection. Buy snap ring pliers and it takes you lees than 20sec for sight

Автор rommel1369 ( назад)
Sweet gun man... I want :P

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
dont remember if I replied to this or not. I actually havent even taken my
sight off before, ill have to look at it next time I have the rifle out and
let you know. I had thought it was similar to the mosin and was held in
with some pins...could be wrong.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
thank you, I really didnt do too much to it. It was a russian capture or
else I would have just left it alone. it shoots great, I just havent put up
any videos yet. been more focused on my Mosin videos. I have a 700 yard
video of that up now. thanks again for watching!

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
I used all minwax products...prestain, stain, and polyurathane. thanks for
the comments!

Автор TheFirearmEnthusiast ( назад)
What did you stain it with? Did you use a sealer or did you just stain it
and that's all? Looks good man!

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@PitPat23 $400 at big 5 sporting goods...with the swastikas intact.

Автор PitPat23 ( назад)
how much would a rifle like this cost? Where is a good place to buy one? I
though it might be a good target rifle.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@Olibara Hosasa not sure, i havent looked at my sight much. i thought it
was pinned in place like the mosin.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@Rebellion1776 thankyou, glad you like it. i didnt do too much besides
touch up a little bluing and remove tje cosmolean. also added some new
polyurathane to the stock. i love my mosin too! its my primary weapon. just
added a new video shooting it at 700 yards.

Автор Rebellion1776 ( назад)
You really did a great job on making that k98 look good. Can't wait to see
the weapon shoot! The Mosin PE Sniper you have is freaking amazing!

Автор Olibara Hosasa ( назад)
I stumbled upon a Turkish Mauser. It not entirely complete. The nosing is
missing and the adjustable sight was attached with a piece of metal wire.
Can you tell me how your sight is attached to the gun? Thanks!

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
that sucks...$100 is about what I pay though for 400 - 500 rds.

Автор Salar73 ( назад)
thank you too, I own two of them of this time of production and just wanted
to give you this hint. Otherwise you did a good job of course. Best actions
seems to be the S42 from around 1938, except of those from before 1WW. Very
popular here are the 1908 actions by DWM for building up a complete new

Автор N Legg ( назад)
In the UK we cannot mail order ammo so you have to rely on local dealers.
Surplus is scarce generally. Privi is common but its about £65 a hundred
which is about $100.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
oh, thank you. I didnt know that. the stock wasnt in great shae but it
wasnt horrible either. I just wanted to get the nasty cosmolean off of my
face! greetings to you too, cool to hear from someone in Germany. thanks!

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
I used all minwax products. forget what the exact stain was but it was
something real dark and black. I did end of coating mine in a polyurathane
made by minwax. same stuff I coated my Mosin with. wheck out the videos for
that, it looks even better than my mauser.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
thank you. go check out jgsales for ammo. they have 400 rounds or so for
like $80. I shoot this yugo surplus stuff all the time and its great.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
thank you, glad you like it.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
I found mine at a store we have over here called big 5. we dont have
cabelas, only bass pro. not sure if they have them or not.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
right now thats all they usualy have but every once and awhile youll find a
russian capture german mauser like mine. even harder to find with swastikas
like mine.

Автор MrJerry160 ( назад)
Big5? I thought they only carried yugo mausers from time to time, also how
much did you purchase it for?

Автор N Legg ( назад)
looks fab. Would love one but ammo prices in uk are eye watering!

Автор UnitCrane514 ( назад)
What type of stain did you use??? Did you coat it in boiled linseed oil???
I have an original non captured k98 and want to refinish the stock. It was
coated in polyeurothan and looks shitty, please help!

Автор Salar73 ( назад)
you have a plywood stock version, which was made during the last years of
production after walnut run short. They didn't do much fuss with these and
its not to original standard to have it built up with that high
effort...greetings from Germany

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
its pretty long and hard (what she said). very similar to the mosin trigger
but worse in my opinion. my favorite trigger still is the trigger on my
k98. maybe it just needs some polishing, well see. I probably wouldnt have
bought an Enfield but he decided he wanted to give me 2 of them...cant turn
down a free rifle! ya, ammo was $25 for 20 rds...not my daily driver for
sure. the jungle carbine is sick. its pretty old and has a lot of brass

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
lol, the way youtube links "comment backs" now is kinda confusing. I was
gonna be like wtf did he just say? I thought you were talking to me at
first. btw, just got 2 new rifles from my neighbor. both Enfields, ones a
jungle carbine. once I know more about them ill post something up. Shot one
of them so far, dont like the trigger.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
read all the comments I already wrote below. its a Russian Capture, not a
show piece. I buy my guns to shoot them and I dont want cosmolean all over
my face...just cleaned it up, thats all I did to it.

Автор levi Piper ( назад)
you probably ruined the price of this, i have mine all original and i might
buy a bayonet

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
I agree, I really didnt have to do too much to it. I was unaware the
Germans also used to swap serial #s around but that makes perfect
sense...we do that type of stuff all the time in the US military. now, if I
did have a very very rare Mauser then I defnitely wouldnt have done as much
refinishing, I owuld have just used some gun pil on the wood. Either way,
im of the same mindset, I buy my firearms to fire them...not to sit in a
gun case somewhere covered in cosmolean.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
thank you, I really didnt have to do too much to it as I believe it was
already refinished quite a bit by either its russian captures or the people
who imported it. Mine wasnt too bad as far as the bore goes. its actually
pretty clean compared to my Mosin. I can see some very very minor pitting
but its really nothing bad at all. This rifle was actually in pretty good
shape and I was lucky it still had the swastikas for being an RC.

Автор pajax6 ( назад)
Don't believe all the crap about ruining the value. You did a very good,
conservative job of restoration. You have a classic rifle you have returned
to fit, form and function. The german armorers in the field use to swap out
parts with no regard to numbers matching or other things.

Автор pajax6 ( назад)
In England they restore and maintain their guns. Nothing is thought of it.
(That is the guns the rich are allowed to have). Holland and Holland,
Purdeys, and so on.

Автор pajax6 ( назад)
If you can't find a German Kar 98 k, try a Yugoslavian 24/47. They are a
lot cheaper (J & G Guns $199.00) but will give you a lot of pleasure.

Автор pajax6 ( назад)
First I would do a very good job of cleaning to take care of the dirt and
see how bad the rust is. A lot of gun shops have gotten "heavy rust
barrels" clean by using oil, steel wool and very patient work. I would bet
it isn't as bad as it looks. Take your time and use Kroil. Use the steel
wool lightly. Take your time.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@GlockPunisher1 thanks, hopefully you can find a German one. The Yugos are
nice too but I really wanted the German one.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@BURTONBOARDER70 theres a method ive read about where you can do a reverse
corrosion process. you basically stick a metal rod through the more with
some rubber stoppers in place, fill it with some sort of fluid,
electrically charge it, and its supposed to remove contaminents and
corrosion. pits will still be there though. search electric bore cleaning
on google and it should come up with some DIY stuff.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@PotatoGunsRule not worried about the value, its a russian capture with
mismatched #s so its not a real collectors piece anyway. Im lucky enough to
still have the swastikas. the stock isnt even original to the gun and was
previously defaced by the russians. I didnt really sand the wood, just
removed the coatings with a scotch brite.

Автор PotatoGunsRule ( назад)
Sanding usually KILLS the value.

Автор Aaron Leo ( назад)
i got a dou 44 the bore is extremely dirty and rusty otherwise its in great
condition and suggestions for heavy rust barell??

@ericzanutto Well, that was done after the war. It will look proper with a
nice satin bare metal finish. I enjoy shooting my k98 rifles also! Thanks
for the vid.

Автор GlockPunisher1 ( назад)
@ericzanutto Imma start looking for one. Yours is freaking sweet man!

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@GlockPunisher1 do it! youll love the Mauser for sure.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@DARIVSARCHITECTVS thanks. it was actually black when I got it from the
store so I just touched it up. Ive seen photos of it both ways.

Автор GlockPunisher1 ( назад)
Nice and clean!! may ahve to get one!

The buttplate is supposed to be in the white (unblued) if you want to make
the rifle look as it was originally issued. It should have a satin finish,
not shiny or reflective. Nice cleanup work!

Автор Sauerbutsweet1 ( назад)
@ericzanutto wow.....that means it shoots pretty good haha, i would buy
that thing in less then a heart beat but ik that after all the work you
wont sell it =) neither would i! lol

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@Alexn1067 youll lover the Mauser. I still shoot my PE sniper Mosin more

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@TheBierJunkie I honestly can say I have never met a person from Germany
who can speak perfect English without an accent (young or old). I'm not
saying their English isn't good, and I'm not saying I could learn German
any better, but they definitely have an accent and usually incorrect
grammer...but then again, lots of people in the US do too.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@Sauerbutsweet1 thank you, it shoots as good as it looks.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@dantheman7624 thanks for the advice. the crud cutter has worked more than
fine for me though on 2 occasions and im very very happy with it.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@Noobkiller259 cool man, mines real too so not sure what you're trying to
imply by that. mine has swastikas and everything.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@1joshjosh1 thanks, my thoughts exactly.

Автор 1joshjosh1 ( назад)
Some people would say not to restore a old rifle like yours. I say thats
horse krap,would you let a old classic car get rusty and not fix it up..no!
Your rifle looks great!!

Автор Alexn1067 ( назад)
@ericzanutto I love my mosins, got two of them. The one is an original
condition (never been refinished and has that red shellac finish), when I
first bought it, I didn't know and put about 400 rounds through it before I
realized it was a non-refurb. After that I bought a tula hex that was
refinished (blonde looking stock)...a German mauser is on my purchase list.

Автор Noobkiller259 ( назад)
I have a real from ww2 nazi issued mozer check my vids to see

Автор dantheman7624 ( назад)
Next time use Easy-Off oven cleaner insted of crub cutter to de-grease the
stock than rinse it in hot water than let it dry. if still greasy repeat
process. use a tooth brush to work Easy-Off into noocks and cranneys. Happy

Автор Sauerbutsweet1 ( назад)
wow this thing is beautiful!

Автор TheBierJunkie ( назад)
@ericzanutto every german kid learns english in school since 3. class so i
think you only have spoken with older guys ?

Автор armenjs ( назад)
@odin5150 . I don't see why you can't,bring the weapon up to par with what
you like to see.Being RC the value is already dropped whether you clean the
Russian varnish schlack off or not, and doesn't hurt the value of it. RC
value 18 years ago was about $50- 70. now they go about $300-400 .

Автор armenjs ( назад)
@odin5150 Most collectors keep theirs in safe and don't even shoot after
the first day it was purchased. Myself I do use RC for target shooting and
overall enjoyment of the history and brand and the country that
manufactured. continue...

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@TheBierJunkie thats understandable since I have no German language
experience...I am part German though. its ok though, I LOL at pretty much
everything Germans try to say in English.

Автор TheBierJunkie ( назад)
im a german and i LOL at how yu say Gustloff Werke :DD

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@reddevilparatrooper thank you, it shoots great too.

Автор reddevilparatrooper ( назад)
Nicely done,looks awsome.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@MrTheree not my guns, I clean them after every use...new or old, corrosive
or not. if you dont clean them they will get dirty. my K98 wasnt dirty, it
was covered with cosmolean and gross. shooting these rifles with the
cosmolean in them will cause the cosmolean to harden up over time and get
real nasty. all I did was get rid of all the old nasty cosmolean. the
staining matches the original stain. if i had a nice matching # wwII mauser
i wouldnt refinish the wood.

Автор MrTheree ( назад)
@ericzanutto just wanted to say gun collect dirt anyway pluse personaly i
think they look better origonal

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@DevilD51 about $400+fees and taxes for this Russian capture

Автор Daniel M ( назад)
what did you pay what did you pay what did you pay i want too^^

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@odin5150 I agree with that if you have a real nice Mauser that has
matching numbers and was brought back by your family in WWII. mine however
is an RC and was purchased from Big 5 sporting goods. theres really not too
many great things about it besides the intact swastikas so im not too
worried about it.

Автор odin5150 ( назад)
@ericzanutto Dont get me wrong man i know what you mean about it being
greesy but thats just to store it i woulda taken it clean the piss outta it
with Hops #9 Cleaning Rod and some time in a afternoon you coulda got that
out i mean I DO HAVE A MILL SPECK WW2 GERMAN MAUSER and it was fired by my
great great great whatever the hell great grandfather lol and broght back
then passed down a few generations cleaning it i understand but rebluing No
good and restaining No good I have a video on my ch

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@odin5150 "continued...an refinish the stock. all i wanted to do was get
this gun in a state where it wasnt all greasy. dont know about you but i
dont like the feel of a greasy gun all over my hands and face. also, as far
as i know theres no WWII milspec that says anything about covering a gun
in cosmolean besides maybe to store it. no one would have ever fired a gun
like that, it would have collected dirt."

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@odin5150 like i already said below..."this is a Russian capture. it was
basterdized by the Russians years ago when they stripped them down and
mismatched all the parts, removed the capture screws, sight hood, and
sling, and then put them back together. im lucky enough that mine has a
clean bore and the swastikas intact but it was far from "original" the day
the Russians got their hands on it. all i did to this rifle was clean the
cosmolean off the gun, including the stock, continued..."

Автор odin5150 ( назад)
Sanding restaining Rebluing TOutching its original Cosmetic features
Distroys teh valus why dident you just leave it alone now its worth half
teh value it was

Автор 16kinyo ( назад)
@ericzanutto thanks

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@DIOSpeedDemon cool, i will check it out. sounds like a nice rifle.

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@16kinyo its a metal bushing type insert which is used as a tool to take
apart the bolt. you push the firing pin down into it and compress the
spring. then you can unscrew the bolt. ive heard rumors they also used to
use this as a hole to lock up all the rifles through the stock...dont know
how accurate that last one is.

Автор 16kinyo (921 год назад)
whats the circle thing on the stock?

Автор DIOSpeedDemon ( назад)
@ericzanutto CHECK OUT my Mauser that has not been touched since it was
brought back from Germany in 44" by my Uncle. Great guns and great German
engineering. RH DSD

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@DIOSpeedDemon thankyou, its a great german machine and a great piece of

Автор Eric Z ( назад)
@uscgkid109 I have no intensions of ever selling this rifle...I'm not sure
if big 5 still sells the german mausers, I've only seen the yogo mausers
there recently.

Автор DIOSpeedDemon ( назад)
That looks close to my German Mauser. Nice gun and nice work. great vid. RH

Автор BigMek456 ( назад)
@Whysomeonegotmynick the k98a was a ww1 german gun shorter than the gewehr
98, in the video is the k98k.

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