View Full Version : Converting Yugo M48 to 7.62 Nato.

09-19-2008, 2:01 PM

How difficult would it be to replace the barrel on say Yugo 8mm M48, and replacing it with a 7.62 Nato barrel?. The devil of it would be to locate a standard military Mauser contour barrel in 7.62 NATO with the front and rear sights, any comments, opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, USMCM16A2

09-19-2008, 2:12 PM
It probably would be cheaper to find an israeli mauser chambered in 7.62 Nato.

09-19-2008, 2:17 PM
I had it done in the early 90s. I used an FN made 7.62mm barrel made for Israel. The gunsmith remounted the sights from the M48 barrel. I didn't have to modify the magazine box with a spacer as was done with the Israel 7.62 K98s. It feeds fine and is very accurate. The barrel only cost about $35at that time. I haven't seen any for sale for years. Best of luck on your project!

09-19-2008, 4:07 PM
hmm last time i checked surplus 8mm can be had for much less than the cheapest 308/7.62nato

i wouldn't convert it till 8mm becomes more expensive than 308

09-19-2008, 4:58 PM
Pricey, but Lothar Walther makes a military contour replacement.

The Bacon Eater
09-19-2008, 7:02 PM
I thought about dooing this with this barrel. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=408074
I would have the gunsmith reinstall the sites and refit the wood or parts to make it look origional again. I was told it would cost more than the rifle did. Thanks

09-19-2008, 10:42 PM
Here is a new old stock Israeli Mauser barrel on GB: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=110820185

09-20-2008, 12:00 AM
I think I want to cry myself to sleep tonight.. I will keep my m48 unbutchered thank you.... jk hey let me know how it shoots if you finally get it done. I may want a 2nd one to do a possible conversion.

09-20-2008, 10:09 AM
hardest thing would be finding a gunsmith to do it. I had a yugo capture rebarrelled in .308 a few years ago, the original was pitted/shot out to high hell. Midway sells short chambered barrels for around 100 buck, but the SPG norweigian barrels seem like a pretty good deal as well. depending on the gunsmith it could cost between 100-200, but IIRC the M-48 is a small ring mauser aint it?

09-20-2008, 11:15 AM
The major PITA with re-barreling the M48 Intermediate length 98 action, is that the barrel needs more machine work done than a Standard 98 action barrel, it is safety breeched and has an extractor cut.
If you want to do this, I can refer you to a couple of gunsmiths that specialize in this at a reasonable cost.