View Full Version : Mauser KAboom and need your help

May 19, 2008, 16:17
Where is the best place to buy good mauser 98k barrels with very good or better bores?

Still very proud that I only have a couple of specs of blood on my head. Found out the hard way today that my 98k rear sight assembly screw had been retapped all the way into the barrel today. Must have shot this thing a hundred times and today she blew.

Bought it as a reblued and good looking bringback. The rear sight was peeled open like a spam can down the middle. No sign of the screw. Ruined front leaf and a small ding on the upper handgaurd. I am lucky but sick about it all.

Anyway, she needs a new barrel complete with rear sight assembly. My gun is DOT and I'd be very happy to find one that was the same.

Thanks for any help.

May 19, 2008, 17:59
Brownell's has them in military contour, but only in .308 Win and 30-06 it seems.

A few here;

You one lucky feller!!

Good price, but only fair? bore.

May 19, 2008, 19:45
Thanks for the reply. Just got back from the kids baseball game and have had time to think about it. Thank God I had on my safety glasses.

Think a wanted to buy ad in market place would do me any good? May try one in a minute.

Thanks Again

May 19, 2008, 20:46
Get the SAMCO Barreled action BRNO its a DOT ;) Bores are like new. I have a DOT 43 and an "Artic Carbine" 1945 left over parts like Samco has. The code changed in 1945 from DOT to something else. SWF maybe?? The Samco ones are ground off. Barrels have appropriate marks though.

May 19, 2008, 21:01
Originally posted by firewalker
...and today she blew.


May 19, 2008, 21:20
Cope's Distributing has new Norwegian barrels for $89 or so and Sporter Express has a bunch of different barrels and calibers to choose from. Pricey they may be, I like the options presented by Lothar Wilson.

May 19, 2008, 21:21
Coming soon Ernie, Sir. Thanks for the heads up on the Samco barreled actions. Another member is looking to see if he has the correct barrel assembly for me. Thanks to this place my sadness may soon fade. Nothing like a good Kaboom to wake you up. Not that I am an expert but, I am not nicknamed firewalker for any less a reason. I've been Kaboomed without a gun involved years ago. They said it looked like I was kinda walking / running as I was tossed in the air.

May 19, 2008, 21:39
What ammo were you using? hopefully not Turk... I push my 98 to the limits, runs good. The sight screw hole... I never would have thought of that.....

Then again, some of these guns were made with slave labor...

May 20, 2008, 08:29
I have used turk in the past but not in this gun. I never had a problem in a yugo 48. Is it not safe to use the Turkish in bolt guns?

When this kaboom happened I was sighting it in with Federal soft points. I know that it wasn't hot. As a matter of fact. Commerical ammo gives barely any recoil compared to the old surplus stuff.

May 20, 2008, 09:51
Turkish is fine to use in bolt guns, albeit, a little on the hot side. Never use it in a semi auto.

As for the Federal producing very little recoil, it's severely underloaded, as is most 8mm commercial ammo due to the presence of Mausers with .318 bores and manufacturers covering their butts. If you want correctly loaded commercial ammo, get some Sellier & Bellot.

May 20, 2008, 10:09
I have a number of 98K contoured barrels. Most in 8mm (one with waffenamts), an Israeli 7.562 with Belgian proofs, and a 30-06 I believe came off a Brazilian. All have rear sights, many have front sight blades. If there's any interest, they're $20 each plus $10 shipping. I also have a small selection of various model stocks for mausers, enfields, carcanos and sks, along with some cut down military of various breeding.

E-mail me at jfmartin1950@cs.com if interested,.

May 21, 2008, 12:10
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May 21, 2008, 17:09
That isn't a kaboom, rather a porting job done in the wrong place. :)

May 22, 2008, 10:18
Gotta wonder if that's the result of some slave laborer's sabotage in the DOT factory, coming to fruition 60+ years later.

May 22, 2008, 11:11
quite possably.....

May 22, 2008, 14:10
Most likely the work of a gunsmith that screwed up and still wanted to get paid.

May 26, 2008, 21:43
Originally posted by firewalker
Most likely the work of a gunsmith that screwed up and still wanted to get paid.

+1. I've yet to see a "sabotaged" Mauser. Given QC at Mauser, that was probably just a rumor started by a bunch of Bubbas looking to cover their asses after they blew up a rifle or two after having adjusted it.

Check for recoil lug setback on this one dude. After you pop the barrel, run a screwdriver over the bolt lug seats to make sure there are no divits where the lugs slammed into them. Changes your headspace and makes another KaBoom possible. If she's okay then rebarrel away!

May 29, 2008, 18:36
Thanks for the heads up. A great fal files member almost has me the exact barrel to put her back on the road. I'll be getting it checked over twice before I risk another one of those.

June 13, 2008, 11:20
Call ER shaw. They may have a take off barrel. The other place to look is the old crusty local gunsmith. They will have a pile of take off part from many years of sporter conversions

July 26, 2008, 06:31
Thanks to a good Falfiler this mauser is back on the road with a matching DOT barrel. Can't wait to sight it in. Thank you again.

Safety glasses saved me some serious injury on this one. I went around and picked up the peices instead of holding my shirt over a busted eye or worse.

July 26, 2008, 15:19
Outstanding! Also, good job on keepin' your peepers. Just ask Militus how a busted primer feels.:uhoh: I warned him!

August 11, 2008, 07:31
Drill out the hole and tap the hole in the barrel and screw a bolt into the hole and weld the top of the bolt to the receives. Make sure not to screw the bolt too far into the barrel to interfer with the bullet travel.

Fixing is better than trying to find a new "old" barrel.