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    1940 337 K98 stock question

    I recently scored a WW2 vet bring back in a sporterized stock. I can tell the stock is a laminated stock but since its been cut down I can not tell if it's a cupped or flat sine even the butt of the stock has been cut down. Which stock type would be the correct stock type because I've seen pictures of 1940 337 K98icon with all types of stock

    Also since I'm just getting into K98 restoration which books should I look at purchasing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrat1469 View Post
    I recently scored a WW2 vet bring back in a sporterized stock. I can tell the stock is a laminated stock but since its been cut down I can not tell if it's a cupped or flat sine even the butt of the stock has been cut down. Which stock type would be the correct stock type because I've seen pictures of 1940 337 K98icon with all types of stock

    Also since I'm just getting into K98 restoration which books should I look at purchasing?
    It will depend on when in 1940 it was made.
    The cupped butt plates started to be introduced in very late 1940, so generally a 1940 rifle will be a flat butt plate.
    A Gustloff Werke makers code is one of the rarer codes as well, which is nice.

    There's only one book to get, and that's this one, which covers the 1939-1944 era.

    https://www.thirdpartypress.com/product-p/k98kvol2.htm

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    The SN is two digits with no suffix so its definitely a early 1940. I have most of the metal parts. I have a bayonet lug that mismatched and the front band is milled and unmarked. I've been looking at the book Backbone of the Wehrmacht by Richard D Law because I have a S/42G receiver I want to rebuild too. But this rifle has "k" codes instead of waffenampts. It has a duv barrel which will be replace by the S/42G barrel I found, but that's another project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labrat1469 View Post
    I've been looking at the book Backbone of the Wehrmacht by Richard D Law because I have a S/42G receiver I want to rebuild too.
    The Law book was considered the reference bible for many years, in the absence of anything else, but does contain outdated and incorrect info, so has been 'superceeded' in that regard by the Karem & Steves books.
    The trouble is the 1st Vol covering the pre-WW2 K98kicon is now just sold out, along with the 4th volume covering the post '44 Kriegmodell K98k's which sold out a while ago.

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    i can't really call the stock it came with as original because on top of the stamped number in the barrel channel there are 3 more written in pencil. Well traveled traveled stock to have survive three other rifles,



    Thank you for the information on the book. I'll start to look for a copy. Ordered the book...

    I've read that in 1940 Mauser Werke AG, Oberndorf recalled and rebuilt a lot of the earlier made k98. But you know with the information you get off the internet it might not be true
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    Pics of K98

    Some picture of the rifle in a temporary stock. It's now out of the stock and the stock is getting a thorough cleaning.

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag..._175619(1).jpg

    Close up of the serial numbers. All but the stock, bayonet lug, barrel band and cleaning rod matches.
    https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag..._175519(8).jpg

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag..._175524(1).jpg

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag..._175502(8).jpg

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag..._175705(8).jpg

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag..._175545(4).jpg

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    Nice gun!

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    Thank You. Now to un-Yugo that stock that was sold to me. It was suppose to be a K98icon not a Yugoicon M44. It came with unmarked parts and a Yugo SN stamp.

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