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FatKatMatt
12-07-2006, 9:01 PM
There are a plethora of Mauser variants on the market today and my question is which is the best. K98, M48, M24, M24/47, etc. I'm in the market for one and want to know which is the best quality and best accuracy. Thanks to anyone who responds.

SemiAutoSam
12-07-2006, 9:02 PM
BroomHandle ?

Sailormilan2
12-07-2006, 9:06 PM
I have a K98, a M48, and a M24/47. I pefer the looks and feel of the K98 to the Yugos. Trimmer feeling, and easier to pick out the rear sights. However,most of your Yugos may be in better shape as they have never been in a war. My K98 is a Yugo rebuild and has a very tight chamber.

laabstract
12-07-2006, 9:06 PM
There are a plethora of Mauser variants on the market today and my question is which is the best. K98, M48, M24, M24/47, etc. I'm in the market for one and want to know which is the best quality and best accuracy. Thanks to anyone who responds.

I got a k98 for $250 it has all the markings intact. Get a K98 just for the history behind it and the collector value plus they are a hoot to shoot.

FatKatMatt
12-07-2006, 9:10 PM
I got a k98 for $250 it has all the markings intact. Get a K98 just for the history behind it and the collector value plus they are a hoot to shoot.

Where did you get that from?

FatKatMatt
12-07-2006, 9:14 PM
BroomHandle ?

No, C96 is nice but I'm not looking for one... yet :D

triaged
12-07-2006, 9:26 PM
I'm half Swedish so I picked a Swed M96. I got it years ago for like $70. I like the 6.5x55 chambering too. I find it easier to work the action because of the cock on close rather then the cock with bolt turn on the 98's. It makes the bolt handle easier to open. Same with the Enfield which is also a nice gun. I wouldn't mind having a short jungle one of those.

thedrickel
12-07-2006, 9:32 PM
Get a 99$ m48 from century or a 99$ 24/47 from aim surplus. You'll be happy with either one. Then decide if you want a k98, or a m95, etc. Get a bunch of the 8mm yugo ammo. It is good stuff, and still pretty cheap. I got 2700 rounds last year for 6c/rd shipped. Now century wants 8 or 9 cents I think.

Sutcliffe
12-07-2006, 9:45 PM
Probably the finest made mauser, ever. '96 action not as strong as the later '98, but just perfect for the 6.5 Swede. Accurate, mild recoiling, and the swedes took better care of their issue rifles than anyone. Probably pretty pricey right now.

Pthfndr
12-07-2006, 9:54 PM
There are a plethora of Mauser variants on the market today and my question is which is the best. K98, M48, M24, M24/47, etc. I'm in the market for one and want to know which is the best quality and best accuracy. Thanks to anyone who responds.

Best quality and absolute best accuracy - Swede 96 (long barrel) or 38 (carbine length) Mauser. But surplus ammo (6.5x55 Swedish Mauser) is all but non existent and new commercial ammo, while not expensive, is not cheap either. Generally not inexpensive any more. The Husquvarna carbine with bent down bolt are a premium.

A non RC K98 will have the most collector value. A RC K98 with a good bore will generally be a pretty good shooter. And if it hasn't had the Waffen Stamps or SS marking pinged out is still a decent collector.

The Yugo 24/47 is probably the best all around deal. Lots of unissued or excellent condition ones out there. The price is good. And they have one of the smoothest bolts out there. Generally better than the Yugo M48 series. Plus they shoot cheap 8mm ammo. Down side for me is the straight bolt handle.

The Yugo M48 series - good quality, decent shooters, mostly accurate, price is right, shoot cheap 8mm ammo, has a bent down bolt handle.

Don't over look these two either:
The Czech (BRNO) 98/22. A very good rifle. Very accurate. Shoots 8mm ammo. Can be found for $150-$300 depending on condition.

The Czech 98/29 Persian Mauser. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the Mauser 98 rifle. Still a fair amount of unissued ones out there. Very accurate by any standard. Just about the smoothest action you will find. $500-$750 for an unissued one, $200-$400 for a used one depending on condition. shoots 8mm ammo. The unissued ones are beautiful.

Sydwaiz
12-08-2006, 2:14 AM
CG63 if you have the money and can find one.

maschronic
12-08-2006, 3:17 AM
i would buy the cheapest one around!!!

alpine18
12-08-2006, 4:44 AM
In my order of preference:

1. M96 Swede - probably the most accurate military mauser. These can still be had in the $200 range. Swedish steel is resistant to rust and corrosion, so these tend to have much better bores than most milsurp mausers - not to mention the Swedes probably took better care of their rifles than most.
2. M1929 Persian - One of the most well made military mausers. Probably the smoothest action of any mauser I have seen. For me, mine is the most accurate 8mm mauser I have shot.
3. M1912/61 Chilean Short Rifle - This was a 7mm long rifle shortened and converted to 7.62 NATO - This is one of my favorite shooters.
4. M1891 Argentine Carbine - 7.63 Argentine ammo can be hard to find, but this is one handy little carbine with a 17" barrel.
5. G33/40 - Basically a shortened and lightweight K98 (23" barrel). Unpleasant to shoot with milsurp 8mm ammo - I would reload special for this one. Expect to shell out some cash ($1000+) for one of these - these were/are popular for sporting conversions.

FatKatMatt
12-08-2006, 6:04 AM
I was asking because Big 5 is selling M24/47 for a good price. I guess I should get that first and upgrade to a kar98k later. How accurate would these things be?

Steyr_223
12-08-2006, 9:47 AM
From my experience.

1) Swede M96
2) Swede M38 Husky
3) Czech VZ-24
4) Yugo 24/47
5) Yugo M48

I had a Czech made Turk 98/22 but never shot it.

dw1784
12-08-2006, 2:58 PM
From my experience.

1) Swede M96
2) Swede M38 Husky
3) Czech VZ-24


concur.

it would really depends on what ur doing w/rifle, ie. collection, history buff, or shooting on the cheap. I bought a Yugo M27 from Big5, and I was really disappointed. The barrel was crap and the firing pin spring is soft. It'll shoot, just not on par with a vz or k98. Plus the yugo's aren't interchangeable with k98 or vz's- the receiver and the bolt is shorter. For the price though, it's not bad. Hope this helps:)

VeryCoolCat
12-08-2006, 3:01 PM
OH get a German K98 Karabiner.... those things only go up in value... they are getting rare.

For shooter.... just get a turkish one... those things are cheap and decent.

The different variants aren't much more accurate than a standard turkish.

tujungatoes
12-08-2006, 3:04 PM
I'd say grab one from big-5, you can't beat the price. Be sure to take out the bolt and check the bore, some of them can be pretty badly pitted. The accuracy is actually very good in those old rifles, and the ammo is CHEAP. You wont be disappointed. However If you've got a few more bucks to spend I'd really recommend a Swede m96. The Swede is probably my favorite Mauser to shoot.

Dr. Peter Venkman
12-08-2006, 4:00 PM
I'd get an RC K98 before anything. Can be a decent shooter (good bore + crown) and collector (nazi markings not pinged out), and all for fairly cheap if you don't get ripped off.

I took a gamble buying an "expensive" K98 which I paid almost $400 for with shipping + Dros + transfer for in total, but it ended up being a very early Kriegsmodell, so it paid off.

M48s are nice as well, just no real history behind them. $110 off of AIM IIRC.

24/47 can be found at Big 5 for around $100 as well. I will probably pick one up sometime next year, but I'm focusing moreso on war issue stuff at the moment.

FatKatMatt
12-08-2006, 4:21 PM
I'd get an RC K98 before anything. Can be a decent shooter (good bore + crown) and collector (nazi markings not pinged out), and all for fairly cheap if you don't get ripped off.

I took a gamble buying an "expensive" K98 which I paid almost $400 for with shipping + Dros + transfer for in total, but it ended up being a very early Kriegsmodell, so it paid off.

M48s are nice as well, just no real history behind them. $110 off of AIM IIRC.

24/47 can be found at Big 5 for around $100 as well. I will probably pick one up sometime next year, but I'm focusing moreso on war issue stuff at the moment.

Yeah, the local gun shop is selling a K98 for 550 with markings, personally I think that it's kind of high but I really don't know that much about Mausers. Big 5 is selling 24/47's for 100, so I might pick up one of those.

Dr. Peter Venkman
12-08-2006, 4:24 PM
RC K98s are about $250-300 online from gunbroker or auction arms.

Tzvia
12-08-2006, 6:29 PM
Hmmm. I own
2 M96 Swede (awesome)
1 M95 Chilean Rifle (awesome)
1 M95 Chilean Engineer Carbine (awesome)
1 M38 Swede (awesome)
1 M96 Husqvarna Swede (awesome)
1 M1908 Brazilian (awesome)
1 k98 (awesome)
1 M24/27 (awesome)
1 VZ24 (awesome)
3 Turkish M38 (awesome)
1 M91 Argentine (awesome)
1 1871 Mauser (11mm mauser) (awesome)
1 Israeli Mauser (awesome)
1 cz 98/22 long rifle Czechoslovakia (awesome)
more but I forget :rolleyes:

Ok, of those I have and shot (all of the above + what I forgot I have) my favorite is the M91 Argie, followed by the M96 Husqvarna and the 1908 Brazilian. Well, any Mauser is a good Mauser providing it's in good shape, and you can either reload as I do, or can get the ammo at a reasonable price. The Brazilian, with it's striking crest on unblued bright receiver is the most beautiful IMO.

For ease of ammo $$, the 8mm's are a good buy (k98, 24/47, vz24, and the clubby Turks, as well as the CZ 98/22). Others commonly are in 7mm Mauser, 6.5mm, or 7.65x53mm. The Israeli Mauser is a high quality K98 or VZ that was rebarreled by Israel with an FN .308 barrel and would also be a good choice for a shooter with lots of history, but they are not as common as they once were. For a shooter at a very good price, the 24/27 can't be beat. From there, history, caliber, age or whatever floats your boat should guide your choice. I guess I love 'em all.

PanzerAce
12-08-2006, 7:48 PM
well, my roomy is going to be getting a Yugo M24/47 for xmas :D