Mauser K98 Build - Beyond Sporter

Scottie J

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Hi everyone. New here and my first post. Not really a gun nut, more of an enthusiast and advocate of the 2nd Amendment who can’t afford all the cool toys. Anyway. I wanted to share my current K98 8mm Mauser build.

Several years ago my stepfather had a severe stroke that left him permanently disabled. He started giving away most of his firearm collection to the grandkid’s when he offered me his “old 8mm Mauser”. Obviously I accepted it, but had no idea what I actually had until tons of research. 1944 BNZ K98K, numbers matching with great rifling, but full sporterized with Redfield peep sight and no original hardware. I just started REALLY shooting it this year when the walnut stock started splintering and splitting down the butt while shooting it.

Knowing it would easily cost a $1000 to restore to original, but also knowing how incredibly accurate and powerful these things are, I decided to build it into a high power big game rifle. But also plan on plinking some steel at 300+ yards for fun on occasion. In June I mounted it in a ProMag Archangel stock and have had a bit of fun at 50 yards and occasional 100 yards. Then today I mounted the fore end picatinny rail and a Caldwell bipod.

Evolution Gun Works 3 hole picatinny rail should be here this week. I’m a former mechanic by trade and have drilled and tapped hundreds of holes into every material you can think of. I also do all my own gunsmithing. So I’m confident I can handle this rail install with ease.

Not 100% sure on optics yet but leaning towards a Vortex Crossfire II 6x18 44mm objective. Unless I come across a used unit that’s better in the same $200-$250 range. Definitely open to suggestions as I’m totally new to PROPERLY setting up optics. But this is also a upper end budget build. Not trying to throw garbage on my rifle, but also not trying to break the bank. I realize most of you guys spend $1k on just your optics, but I’m brand new to this and on a tight budget. My wife had back surgery and has been out of work.
 

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Shootindave

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I have one in the exact same situation that belonged to my great grandfather. The sporterized stock started splitting badly behind the action. I should make a project of it this winter. How do you like this stock? Your photos look better than the stock photos on their website.

ETA: The best "upper end budget" optics I have found have been used SWFA fixed power scopes. Can be had for $200 and are great for the price.
 
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Scottie J

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Thanks! I LOVE this stock. I have long arms and most stocks are awkwardly short for me. The full adjustability of this thing makes it very comfortable to shoot. Also upgrading to a 10 round magazine is a huge plus. But I recently saw a different one that has a rail built into the stock just before the receiver. Can’t remember the name or who makes it though.

I received my EGW rail today and it’s a great fit and looks like it is going to work perfectly. However, no one locally sells a 6-48 tap. So ended up having to order that off of amazon as well. Hoping to get the rail fitted on Sunday.
 
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