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Czech/Turkish Mauser Vz.98 at the Range

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Czech/Turkish Mauser Vz.98 at the Range

#1 Post by stomper » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:35 pm

To reintroduce myself to the board I present my Czechoslovak-made Mauser Vz.98 and a comparison of the different ballistics of three types of surplus ammunition; Turkish S-Patrone, Israeli ball (I believe the flat-base bullet is ~170 grains), and Yugoslavian M49 ball. The Vz.98, like the Gew.98 it copies, has a minimum sight setting of 400 meters. First at 50 yards and then at 100 yards (only 4 rounds of Turk at 100 because I ran out before I thought to take pictures), then five rounds of Israeli and Yugoslavian at 100 with the SG.98 bayonet affixed. Note that it does not appear to affect the point-of-impact at these distances. The red dots are my points-of-aim; I place the entire paper plate on top of the "A" front sight post, level with the top of the rear sight "V". I did shoot some Israeli at 200 yards, but it was striking almost 3' high at that distance so I figured the Yugoslavian would probably go right over the target stand.

Czechoslovakia purchased Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf a/N's Gew.98 production tooling and existing stock of Gew.98 parts in 1920 (Mauser was forbidden from producing military armaments so the machinery was standing idle) and established a production line at a branch of the former Skoda Artillery Works in the city of Brno. The first 10,000 rifles produced were almost exact copies of the wartime Gew.98; the only functional difference is that Czech-made stocks for the rifles did not have grasping grooves like German-made stocks. These rifles were serial'ed 0000-9999 with no letter prefix; after 10,000 were produced it was decided to change the rear sight to the Mauser-patent tangent-leaf style, and lengthen the handguard to surround the sight and the barrel up to the receiver ring.

This example is pretty interesting; though it is made of almost entirely Gew.98 parts they are not the parts the rifle was originally built with; the only matching serial numbers are on the barrel and receiver. The beech stock is probably a replacement meant to go on a Turkish M1903/30; you can see the gap at the front of the receiver for the longer receiver ring of the Turkish Model 1903. The beech handguard is also much thicker than a German-made example, and probably was shortened from a longer Turkish handguard. Though the workmanship on the outside of the stock is rough, it seems to fit in all the right places on the inside, because it is a consistent shooter at 3-4MOA.
Vz.98 with SG.98
Crest, import mark, and rear sight.
50 yards.
100 yards.

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Re: Czech/Turkish Mauser Vz.98 at the Range

#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:05 pm

That is a great looking rifle.. Nice little Harmonics test putting the Bayonet on it..

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#3 Post by shoot4fun » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:43 am

I know it was a different time, but I'm always surprised when I read or see these old rifles with sights starting at 300+ yards/meters

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#4 Post by 72 usmc » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:17 pm

That range reminds me of the Ceil WI conservation range. The ticks & misquotes will drive you nuts. I use to shoot out there when I was on the Menominee Reservation at CMN. I just saw a Brno 98/22 at Cabela's and the dopes had $450 on a $79 surplus rifle. All those 98//22 are great shooters even with worn bores. They had 5 of the Turks- someone must have dumped their old Fleet & Farm hord to thin the herd. But Cabbala's prices were nuts even if the rifles did have slings. One I picked up had a matching bolt , but when I saw the price, I put it down like a hot potato. :doh: Do not forget the large gun show at the Fond du Lac fair grounds 19 & 20 Jan. Always a good show.
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