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On Mitchell's Mausers...
« on: January 01, 2010, 02:46:16 AM »
So what exactly is this place? Do they sell repros or actual Mausers?  I ask because the ones in their pictures look very very clean.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 12:17:35 PM »
My understanding is that they are selling from a very large cache found in the Czech Republic after the Soviets left.  They may have been 'arsenal' re-finished.  I have no direct experience with them so I can't say for sure.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 12:49:26 PM »
Most of their Mausers are Yugoslavian K98 copies produced after the end of the War.  The Nazis I guess set up the tooling to manufacture these weapons in Yugoslavia, and the Communists kept production going after the war ended.

From their advertisements, they occasionally get actually Nazi-stamped KAR-98Ks, which I think are weapons captured by the Red Army and released for sale after decades.  Communists are notorious pack-rats and they never throw anything away.

I'm sure somewhere in a forgotten bunker in Russia there are racks of S&W break-top Schofields (in .44 Russian) and Winchester 1898s in 7.62x54R.  ;D
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 12:53:15 PM »
I'm sure somewhere in a forgotten bunker in Russia there are racks of S&W break-top Schofields (in .44 Russian) and Winchester 1898s in 7.62x54R.  ;D

I keep hoping MM finds some of those! 

In all seriousness I've heard nothing but good things about them for collectors, but I don't have any first hand knowledge.  Always thought a Tankers carbine version of the mauser would be cool though..
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 01:02:36 PM »
Typo:  Those are Winchester 95s, not "98s".  LOL

I think the Tanker carbines might be new production.  I'm pretty sure "sporting" Mausers are still produced by Zastava in Serbia today.

In fact, they have a website.  http://www.zastava-arms.co.rs/  Unfortunately the English language version of it seems to be gone.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 02:26:20 PM »
IIRC, Zastava makes the 798 for Remington.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010, 05:15:17 PM »
My son bought a Mitchell Mauser earlier this yr.
It is a Nazi SS marked, 98K, Steyr made, 1941 all matching serial numbers, in near perfect condition..it cost him a bit, with a boat load of accessories and 100rds of Mitchells 8mm jsp ammo about $675, but for a WW2 collector ( like him) it's worth it. It's one beautifully made rifle and shoots like a dream too!
I found him 400rd of 8mm milsurp on stripper clips, non-corrosive.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010, 01:49:27 PM »
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I found him 400rd of 8mm milsurp on stripper clips, non-corrosive.

Can you show me the source?
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010, 02:34:30 PM »
Can you show me the source?
www.ammunitiontogo.com   Look under the Military Surplus section, they currently have Yugoslvian (no strippers) and Romanian ( On strippers)...My only advise is to be careful, regardless of whom you buy from, with the earlier Romaian milsurp, early -1970's and earlier (it is mildly corrosive) .
The mid-late 70's-to the present is generally non-corrosive, the lot I got for my boy was early '80's. As a rule of thumb for the Yugo milsurp and Bulgarian, for that matter, is to follow the same yr guidelines as stated for the Romanian milsurp.....When in doubt always clean your bbl out w/ some cleaner specific to ridding the residue of corrosive ammo or just use good old hot, soapy water.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010, 02:36:59 PM »
Thank you, SLM.
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Re: On Mitchell's Mausers...
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2010, 05:34:39 PM »
I have a Mitchell's K98 that my Dad gave me as a gift several years ago.  I shudder to think what he paid for it (around $500 if I recall what their ads looked like back then) for a 1939 German K98.  I looked up the marks on it once but forgot where in Germany it was made, but it was a German one.  The stock was heavily re-done, sanded and maybe stained again, I'm not sure. The stock is beautiful, and the rifle seemed to be in good shape. That's great for me since I collect shooters, not display items.  However, whatever re-finishing Mitchell's does probably ruins the collector's value of these rifles.

Now, I also have a C&R license and it pains me to see that similar German K98s probably go for a dealer price (even today) for somewhere around $250-$300.  They would need some finish work maybe, especially on the stock.  But, I know my Dad enjoyed getting it for me and therefore I do enjoy taking it out every once in a while and shooting it.  If you want a K98 (or a Yugo M48, or a Czech Mauser, or whatever) though, I recommend being thriftier than buying a Mitchell's Mauser.  Spend $30 to get yourself the C&R license, and buy yourself a Mauser from any one of the dealers who sell these things.  Hell, your local FFL will charge you at least $30 just to transfer that $500 Mitchell's Mauser to you anyway.  Get your C&R (FFL03) and any dealer can ship it straight to you since you're an FFL (03) and it'll cost you half of what the Mitchell's would cost, even including the $30 C&R license.

Ammo: I could kick myself for not buying more of that Romanian 8mm Mauser surplus ammo back when it was about $0.15 per round, back in early 2007.  That's maybe half of what the cheapest Romanian 8mm costs these days, and of course there's not likely to be much more of it found and sold.

www.aimsurplus.com (for the ammo, and every once in a while they have K98s).  I think Classicarms.us also has some.
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