odd ball Gew 88 pic heavy

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odd ball Gew 88 pic heavy

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A rifle I forgot I had.... no import mark and mostly matching except cleaning rod if I remember correct. Not sure what the star means by the serial number? Never fired it. I think I got this in the early 90s. I never found an original sling for it, but the stock is intact and not refinished. I was looking for a Turk Gew88 I thought I had to show Shane B. and this is another I must have> I do not think this is my $99 Turk Gew 88 that had the Turk crest and moon stamp with an import mark??? Funny how stuff gets lost over the years. :doh: :doh: I must have traded it off? Or the stroke is playing mind tricks.
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Re: odd ball Gew 88 pic heavy

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Slow bob if you see this what ammo do you think this would fire. Some factory Remington 8mm Mauser????? something on the weak side I would think. Or should I mess around with reloading. Do you know what that star means by the receiver serial number? What does the rifle say to you?
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Re: odd ball Gew 88 pic heavy

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That’s a great looking Gew 88! I would love to have one in more original German configuration like that than my Turk. Hard to find them anymore from what I’ve seen.

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Re: odd ball Gew 88 pic heavy

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Not enough info for a positive id . It is a Gew-88 , the Turks never used 88's only 88/05's . A large amount of Gew-88 rifles came in from South America a while back , But yours does not look like one of those to me . As an antique it does not need an import stamp , so that is not a big clue . Does it have nail holes in the side of the buttstock ? Does it have a clipped firing pin ? Does the muzzle look like it may have been plugged at one time ? You need to slug the bore , or post photos of barrel stamps . If it is a SA rifle , it could have a Non-standard .317 groove barrel on it . BUT it just does not look like a SA to me . That leaves a WWI bring back rifle . If it is that then it will have the standard .321 groove barrel and you will be fine with Rem or Win factory ammo or any reload with a .321 Win Special 170 bullet at around 2200 to 2500 fps . The star is found on 1890 Erfurt rifles and the meaning is unclear , some subcontracted parts or production help ?

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Thank you for the information, added data.

I have seen Old Western Scrounger Gew 88 from So. Am., and those are rusted dogs none matching. This is not a South American one that he had. No nail holes or worm holes on either side of the butt stock lower section of stock, It has a good crown and rifling for an older rifle no discoloration , scratches or pits at the muzzle end like it had a lead plug. Firing pin is not cut. It has good firing pin tip( not bent or chipped) and a strong but well patina spring and fully functional safety. Operates smoothly in the rifle. A crisp click. The firing pin has a possible number 16 or 18 but well worn. It had a number- are Gew 88 firing pins numbered? This bolt is apparently matching with just #16 except the bolt body flat. The serial numbers on bolt, cocking piece, safety, firing pin, and firing pin nut all match. No evidence of weld marks on bolt face. A nice clean rifle. I have never had it out of the wood so the barrel numbers are unknown under the wood. No rust pits at the wood line and no evidence of rust like it was in a jungle climate.
I will have to get some lead balls and see if I can find on the size that I can push down the barrel and see what size. Do you have suggestions for slugging the bore? Ball size ?
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A lot of the SA rifles were rusty , nasty and missing parts , but a few were nice and matching . But as stated I do not think yours is one . For most of my slugging needs [ and I have done thousands of rifles ] I use the Hornady 32 pistol swagged lead SWC bullet . Yes it is only .314 dia , but if you put it nose down and tap it with a hammer you can easily bump it up to what ever diameter you need [ good for 7mm to .340 ] . With the SWC nose it starts easily into the bore and the soft lead goes in slick and takes a good reading . Balls tend not to go straight and can give a bad reading . Remember to check you measuring tool off of a known bullet . You have a good example of a Gew-88 , and rare in that condition .

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Thank you for your knowledge.
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