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98k (dou 43) .30-'06 Rework w/ "FLYs 12909" Marking?
Old 09-01-2017, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default 98k (dou 43) .30-'06 Rework w/ "FLYs 12909" Marking?

Here are a few photos of a 98k rework that I spotted at a local show last weekend. It was a bolt mismatch, but the stock and bands matched the gun's original German serial number. It was also very lightly import marked on the barrel with post-1986 US import requirement markings.

Being converted to the US .30-'06 service cartridge, I assume that this is gun was reworked in Norway and used there post-WWII?

Any thoughts/information you have would be appreciated, including the meaning of the marking that has been applied into the flat spot milled into the left side of the receiver ring.

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I should also note that it is the seller who told me the gun is chambered for .30-'06. Apparently he sold it once before to someone who assumed that the caliber was the .308 NATO round but, post-sale, the buyer discovered this assumption to be in error. The seller took the gun back and was then offering it for resale with clear instructions as to the caliber.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:08 AM   #5
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The notched receiver is indeed indicative of a post war Norwegian conversion....Bodes
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Old 09-02-2017, 02:19 AM   #6
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Slovakian produced K98k for Wehrmacht in 1943, postwar used in Norway, most real by Airforce ground personell.b.r.Andy
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:41 PM   #7
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Slovakian produced K98k for Wehrmacht in 1943, postwar used in Norway, most real by Airforce ground personell.b.r.Andy
+1. Great piece, coveted by K98 collectors. Wish I had one, as it is the most distinct of the K98 "rework" flavors.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:05 PM   #8
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For what it is worth, the guy was asking $800 and then said that he would take $750.
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for what it is worth, the guy was asking $800 and then said that he would take $750.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:36 PM   #10
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So . . just out of curiosity, what would be an estimated fair value (in the US) for the re-worked 98k as shown?
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:44 AM   #11
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Is just the bolt a mismatch? EVERY other piece matches?

The conversion, importation and prominent markings are all detractors for me.

Someone might find the conversion appealing, but I don't think so for value or collectability...

If someone presented this to me at $750, I wouldn't even bother haggling before walking away... I think the seller is at least a couple hundred off.
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Old 09-15-2017, 04:07 PM   #12
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Scotty . . . my response to the reworked 98k was the same as yours. I did, however, snap a few photos (w/ owner's consent) as I thought the Forum membership might find the rework markings to be of interest (and I wanted to confirm the country of origin for the rework).
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