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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:52 pm 
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Hello all,

I haven't posted for a while but just picked up another K98 that just called my name and needs a little TLC. It mostly genuine but the bolt has been turned down a little more to accept a scope and has a aftermarket safety. Depending on how I mount a new scope on it, I will change those out to be original. My real question is what optic I should put on it. It came with a less than mediocre Tasco 3-9 scope and is mounted on some high weaver rings. I would like the change these first. I have three options in mind and would like to hear opinions from anyone here. Option on is that I was thinking about going modern and putting a modern fixed power Leupold on it with some nicer rings, option two is to find some sort of period scope and making it look like a proper sniper rifle of the time and option three would be to find a reproduction K98 sniper scope and make it into a reproduction sniper rifle or the era.

If anyone has any suggestions of scopes and rings, has done something similar or has any other ideas then I would love to hear them.

Pictures of similar projects are encouraged!

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ETA: I won't have any good pictures of the rifle until I can pick it up ( damn CA wait :x ) but here is one I took quickly on my phone.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:05 am 
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Looks like they used a turret type of mounting.

Repro turret mounts from accumounts and an old style scope repro scope possibly, that's what I would do.
You even have a non-chopped stock with a cupped butt plate, pretty decent start for a faux sniper.


How is the bore?

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Hey that looks pretty sharp, I can see why it grabbed you.


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Masamunect wrote:

How is the bore?


It's it fine shooting condition. I'll clean it up a bit more and then see how it shoots before I sink too much money into it, but there's no reason to believe it won't be a good shooter.

I've done a bit more research into vintage scopes and found a few Hensoldts and Weavers that look like they'll work perfectly. Not a lot in the reproduction market looks or sounds worthwhile. If I don't go that route, I found that Leupold makes a cheap fixed 4x that will be perfect for it and I'll just throw it in a set of their rings.

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I recognize that store.

I imagine the rifle has two piece aluminum Weaver bases installed and high Weaver rings were use to let the scope's objective bell clear the rifle's rear sights. If so, you will need to find a scope with a considerably smaller objective bell diameter if you plan on using lower rings. Also, since aluminum bases are already installed it makes no sense to purchase more expensive steel rings as no benefit will be gained.

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Hey Popeye,

I was considering rifling through the "good ol' scope" drawer to look for a candidate but didn't have time when I swung by last week. Thanks for the advice. If I can use the same holes, I may change out the bases. The objective on the Leopold I was eying is 33 mm but the vintage scopes I have been researching have much smaller objectives. Any other ideas you have on scopes or just what to do with it would be much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:51 am 
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The restoration begins! I purchased a bent bolt from a member here yesterday but unfortunately I will not be able to pic up the rifle for another two weeks due to being out of town. Expect pictures! Especially once I get the scope off.

Any other suggestion are still welcomed.

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Find some repro mounts that use the existing D&T holes, and your project should come out fine. Whoever sportered mine cut the handle off of the matching bolt and installed some tapered variation, then had it nickled (they probably earned the right)
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Looks great! Who made your repros? And what scope is that? Thanks.

Took it out on Sunday. Even with the grooves not being too strong, I was able to get two inches at 100 yards. I was having an off day shooting and believe it is capable of better. I don't have a headspace gauge so the altered bolt that it came with currently still resides on it. I determined it was a BCD '44.

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I would get some of those repro mounts and some high quality glass! :thumb: Then, I'd take it to the deer woods and fill some tags :clap: :dance: :clap: :dance:


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Over on the AKForum they are putting together a group buy on original Yugo M48 mounts and rings. This is original stuff, not repros. It would be worth it to join up just to get in on the mounts.
http://www.theakforum.net/phpBB3/viewto ... hilit=zrak
http://www.theakforum.net/phpBB3/viewto ... ak&start=0


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hkshooter wrote:
Over on the AKForum they are putting together a group buy on original Yugo M48 mounts and rings. This is original stuff, not repros. It would be worth it to join up just to get in on the mounts.
http://www.theakforum.net/phpBB3/viewto ... hilit=zrak
http://www.theakforum.net/phpBB3/viewto ... ak&start=0


Great idea but I'm gonna let this project sit on the back burner for a bit since I just got all wrapped up in a .22 project.

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Sorry for the delayed response WW2Buff, the old guy I got mine from has not advertised anything on Ebay in a few years; so he may be out of the game.


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Sorry for the delayed response WW2Buff, the old guy I got mine from has not advertised anything on Ebay in a few years; so he may be out of the game.


No problem. Thanks anyhow.

Going to try to take it out to three hundred in the next week or so.

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