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My first Turkish mauser
Just picked up my first Turkish Mauser from Gunbroker, but not received it yet. The seller advertised is as a 98 Mauser conversion, but I am pretty sure it started life as a 1903 Mauser and was converted, maybe twice. It was on GB quite awhile, but seems potentially nice to me. It looks like the remains of an earlier Turkish marking has been ground off and it was re-marked again in 1940? The receiver and bolt match, but the serial number of the receiver is a bit rough. Not sure what the story is on that. I am using the seller's images. The stock looks really good, I think, but there is a lot of bluing loss (seller says 60-65% blue remaining) that has apparently been replaced with a "brown patina" AKA rust. I don't think it is really rusty, but the seller's images make it look so. I've read about "brown patina" on these guns before.. He commented that his flash made it look worse than it is. The seller says the bore is a bit dark, but the lands and grooves are sharp and head space is excellent. Guess this is not unusual for these old Turks? Any thoughts on this gun? Really just wanted a good, solid shooter that doesn't make me cry when I look at it.....