K98k Mauser Question

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  1. R_Comstock

    R_Comstock New Member

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    In this month's issue of American Rifleman on page 19 is an advertisement for "The Last Christmas for Mauser Collectors." I am very interested in owning a K98 but a company that advertises like this and offers a WWII rifle in "collector grade" for $400 makes me question the worth or authenticity. Can anybody offer up some advice? The company name is Mitchell's Mausers based in Fountain Valley, CA. http://www.mauser.org
     


  2. Hawghauler

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    http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Surplus_and_Used_Long_Guns.html

    Just my personal opinion, but Mitchells always seemed overpriced to me. Splurge on a C&R license and you will find diamonds all day long for two hundred. The M48 is a Yugo Mauser. Great quality and I am glad I bought three when they were 99 bucks in like new unissued condition. Empire arms frequently has some real collectables that are WWII "bring backs" without import stamps. Mausers are my favorite bolt action and also a dime a dozen as millions were made. I just gave my son an authentic Nazi marked 98 and I think I paid 225.00 for it. Try Aim. Art
     
  3. Charley

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    Mitchells's is consistently way over priced, IMO. Much of their advertising trys to give the impression that their rifles are WWII German production, they never come out and say it, just infer it. That is enough right there to make me buy elsewhere.
     
  4. R_Comstock

    R_Comstock New Member

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    These are the answers I was looking for. Thanks!
     
  5. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

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    Mitchell also sands the stocks and is possibly up to some other not-so-honest stuff.

    Look at the stocks in their adds. That is not how wood finished 65 years ago looks... It lacks the patina which is the mark of a true rifle.

    They like to refinish the stuff they sell, which just destroys the collector value. I've also heard rumors (from a Mauser collector) that they'll re-stamp parts to match and to make them more valuable.

    Avoid Mitchells.
     
  6. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    I had a Oberndorf 43' K98 ... and would like to have another one.
     
  7. medalguy

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    Mitchell's are really Russian captured rifles that have been stored in the USSR for many years and were finally reworked by the Russkies and sold to those greedy Americanskis. Seriously, they are not what they are represented to be. :mad0071: The parts are restamped and renumbered, stocks completely refinished, bolts are polished white where they should be blued, and so forth. The accessories they sell are way, way overpriced.

    If you are looking for a pretty Mauser or something to go out and shoot, they are fine but they really have no value as collector guns. Nada. Zip.

    If you want something "real" those are definitely not it. Check out some of the other gun forums and search "Mitchell's Mausers" and you will find LOTS of negative comments. But as I said, if you want to just have something to shoot, they are fine. No point in paying $1200 for a correct matching Mauser and taking it out in the woods to shoot corrosive ammo.
     
  8. phatcyclist

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    I have an IDF converted K98 Mauser in 7.62 NATO that's quite a bit of fun. It's not in great condition but it does shoot OK.
     
  9. Hawghauler

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    One of my old buddies gave a a mint #s matching Isreali Mauser in the Nato round and it is a real sweetheart.
     
  10. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

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    I have been eye-balling some of these Mausers now since I got my C&R and man there are some nice shooters out there. My only real concern is ammo in some cases.
    My only gripe is here in DFW there are really no good places to shoot rifles and most military ammo is steel cored or FMJ and not allowed at most ranges.
    Anyone out there reloading this ammo themselves and if so are the components any harder to find than any thing else?
     

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