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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    Vinegar will strip the bluing off. I wouldn't recommend it. It also tends to turn deep rust into black rust rather than remove it. I've done it before and if you don't care about the bluing, it does work.
    I'm more worried about a working rifle. I don't these Turkishicon Mausers are super expensive anyway. I plan to re-blue it anyway. Also, electrolysis would remove the bluing wouldn't it?


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    I wonder if it's oil that has attacked the woodwork? If it acts wet and is crumbling...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I wonder if it's oil that has attacked the woodwork? If it acts wet and is crumbling...
    I believe this to be the case. I wiped off the stock where it was crumbling and underneath it's fine. I don't the rifle has been field stripped for quite some time... Also, it's pretty humid in certain times of the year here in Kentucky, so it's possible moisture just built up in the stock and wasn't evaporated. Like if it was in an attic or basement?

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    I FINALLY got the freaking plate out. I had to punch out two pins that were in the trigger guard. I'll show pictures. I think it really was rusted shut, because even then I had to use a little bit of force in the form of a punch and a rubber hammer. But without the pin blocking the plate, it made it easier. Thanks for the help on this guys! I'm going to reassemble the rifle for now until I can get some more oil.

    Also, correct me if i'm wrong.. But the spring ISNT supposed to do that.. Right?


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    That plunger is just the mag retainer, it should move. It will after this. Looks like they broke the spring and cobbled it back together...you'll need to source a replacement...a WTB on this forum will likely find something suitable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    That plunger is just the mag retainer, it should move. It will after this. Looks like they broke the spring and cobbled it back together...you'll need to source a replacement...a WTB on this forum will likely find something suitable.
    A replacement for the follower spring? Oddly enough, I put the gun back together and it works fine now... Loads and everything with no problem. My guess is it wasn't getting caught on some grease/rust...

    And if you're talking about the pin you usually push in to release the mag, then it's not broken. I just punched it out from the top side. The cross pin keeps it from going to low or high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuget102 View Post
    it works fine now.
    OK, it's still not going to heal it's self and will give up when you/'d rather it didn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by nuget102 View Post
    the pin you usually push in to release the mag
    Yes, It was just frozen in place with rust. I get aggressive with them, smack it with a punch and the bottom of the mag plate with the nylon hammer and they'll both move.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    OK, it's still not going to heal it's self and will give up when you/'d rather it didn't.

    Don't worry, I plan to replace the spring. I was confused if you meant the spring was broke or if I somehow broke the pin that releases the floor plate.

    Also, how much do the springs tend to go for. From what I see around $5? I'm not sure if there are multiple type springs, I was going to use a 98/m48 style?

    Yes, It was just frozen in place with rust. I get aggressive with them, smack it with a punch and the bottom of the mag plate with the nylon hammer and they'll both move.
    Sadly this didn't work, I took out the trigger assembly and had to punch the pins out then smacked the plate from the inside.

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    I don't think it's worth starting a new thread to ask this, but I was wondering what ammo I can shoot from rifle, if you guys know?

    I was thinking about buying this ammo:
    Mauser, 8x57mm JS, .323 Bore Non-WWII Dimensions, FMJ, 170 Grain, 20 Rounds - 283126, 8mm Ammo at Sportsman's Guide

    I've heard of issues with certain mausers not being able to fire this ammo?

    Any input is appreciated. Until I know more i'll be shooting some old military surplus my dad has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuget102 View Post
    Sadly this didn't work
    It works whatever way it comes apart...now it's good to go.
    Regards, Jim

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