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    Dating a Mauser mod.98 stutzen .243

    I've had this rifle for about a year now and never really bothered to find out how old it is. Does anyone on here have any bright ideas how to go about dating it? It shoots bloody well and is a proper gent's rifle!

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    You could try a bunch of flowers and tickets to the theatre, I suppose.

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    Ha!!!!! Genius!
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    you could try a bunch of flowers and tickets to the theatre, i suppose.

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    i tried shoving jagerbombs down it's throat but it's far too classy!

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    I am gonna assume you have checked google but in case you haven't:

    http://mauser98k.internetdsl.pl/kodyen.html
    Any Questions Feel Free to PM me

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    yes mate, but it's newer than that i think. cheers. Think that it's a 90's but not sure...
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    I am gonna assume you have checked google but in case you haven't:

    http://mauser98k.internetdsl.pl/kodyen.html

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    Reworked Mausers, which is what with a .243 W barrel yours is, are notoriously difficult to either date or indeed know where the action was originally made. As usually everything that might speak of that has been long filed or milled off. The only hope is that to save time the gunmaker left the underneath of the action, that he knew would be hidden by the furniture, unmolested.

    Yours could be Secon World War, German, Austrian, Polish. Or it could be FN and made in Belgium or indeed it could be made in Spain.

    But! One thing that can't be hidden is the internals of the front receiver. Is it a "H" form or a "C" form (a search on the internet will show and explain what is meant) and that will both "date" and "nation" it to a period that it can't have been made after and a country it couldn't have been made in.

    https://thefiringline.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=467222

    Also, although they may have been separated long ago and another bolt substituted...quite usual and nothing to worry about...the shape of the gas escape holes in the bolt (round or oval) will also speak of a "date" and an "origin". As you've probably guessed it's quicker to drill round holes than machine oval holes so earlier made bolts have the oval hole.
    Last edited by enfieldspares; 01-10-2016 at 11:43.

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    thanks! here's the bolt..Click image for larger version. 

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