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Finished collection, now what?

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#1 Post by Praetorian » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:01 pm

Hi all, returning poster with a problem. When I was first on this forum in the early 2000's I had just begun my collecting efforts. I began by examining the complete list of K98k date and factory codes. Then, for each year of production between '34 and '45 I picked what I thought was the most interesting factory code. It took over a decade but I recently tracked down the last of them. I've got rare codes, dual codes, single rune, etc. Problem is....now what? The pursuit of these rifles became such an obsession that, now that it's over, I'm feeling a little lost.

So lets have some fun with this and get some good suggestions going. If you were to start a new collection from scratch what would it be and why?
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#2 Post by slowbob2 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:09 pm

Do what my friend did , get every code and every year . And a bigger rifle rack .

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#3 Post by Rapidrob » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:15 am

Shoot them and do a comparison test.
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#4 Post by slowbob2 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:35 am

My friend put over 100 rounds through each of his .

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#5 Post by Praetorian » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:46 pm

Wow, can you imagine how much that would cost?!?! Either to get one of every possible K98 variant or to then put a 100 rounds through each. Love the idea and it certainly would keep me busy for years to come but way outta my reach. Kudos to your friend.

A buddy just told me he has several extra 98b's. Maybe I'll talk him out of one and use it as the basis of a "Evolution of the German Mauser" collection.

Rapidrob, I've been off this forum for almost fifteen years but I actually remember you as a frequent and knowledgeable poster. Good to see you're still hanging around. Is Varrok still here also?

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#6 Post by slowbob2 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:38 pm

The cost of shooting the 98 k's was just a fraction of the two of us shooting at least 100 rounds through over 5000 military rifles .

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#7 Post by Praetorian » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:40 pm

Sounds like a heck of a party!

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#8 Post by Geokop » Thu May 24, 2018 4:51 pm

Now begin with Japanese Arisaka rifles. There are so many arsenals, subcontractors to arsenals, model types, series of model types, and countless production variations as the war progressed that you won't finish for a LONG time. They're very addicting.

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#9 Post by shoot4fun » Thu May 24, 2018 7:57 pm

start a Mosin-Nagant collection...Lots of different directions to go. This would've been much easier and cheaper to do about 10 yrs ago, but still about the cheapest gun to collect.

Maybe start a companion handgun collection, P38s, P08s, Mauser pistols. Again, lots of different ways to go here too.

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#10 Post by neolithic1 » Fri May 25, 2018 12:56 pm

Sayin' that you have finished your collection is like saying that you have reached the end of the internet.

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#11 Post by nobiz » Fri May 25, 2018 1:38 pm

Start collecting US rifles. That should keep you busy!

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#12 Post by 72 usmc » Tue May 29, 2018 10:56 am

Unfortunately, I do not see the correct bayonets and slings for each rifle and a dummy with a complete German uniform, web/ leather gear and original helmet- no German ammo boxes, no demilled stick grenades ect. Where are the original German accoutrements?
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#13 Post by DaleH » Tue May 29, 2018 1:06 pm

STOP collecting ... and START shooting! Cast bullets (16-cents each delivered) over 16-grns+ of 2400 powdah makes for a good CHEAP shootin’ load! What’s that ... $5 for 20 rounds????

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