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    German Mauser Question

    I just purchased a bolt-action 7mm German Mauser from a guy a work with and I'm having trouble finding out any information about it. It has concurrent serial #'s, 8985, with Nazi markings and a 44 mark and either DAU or DOU. I tried checking the mauser website but they have little information on models made pre-1999. Anybody out there know anything or able to point me in the right direction?

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    Here you go... http://mauser98k.internetdsl.pl/kodyen.html

    dou = Waffen-Werke Brünn AG

    The ammo you'll want for your rifle will be 8mm (7.92x57mm to be exact, but it is usually marked as simply 8mm). Hope this helps.

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    if you have just purchased a 7mm mauser, i would caution against bgummer's recommendation of using 8mm mauser ammunition.

    look for ammo marked 7x57 , or 7mm mauser.

    all of this, of course, hinges on the fact that you are sure its a 7mm mauser.

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    Thank you so much! That helps a lot.

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    No problem bsluss, welcome to Gunsnet.

    Quote Originally Posted by deth502 View Post
    if you have just purchased a 7mm mauser, i would caution against bgummer's recommendation of using 8mm mauser ammunition.

    look for ammo marked 7x57 , or 7mm mauser.

    all of this, of course, hinges on the fact that you are sure its a 7mm mauser.
    I had considered his reference to 7mm, but his description is for a late war K98k with matching numbers which would be chambered for 7.92x57mm not the 7x57mm (a more common caliber for Spanish Mausers as opposed to German/3rd Reich Mausers). Confusion for a new owner might stem from the fact that the receiver ring would be marked "7.9".

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    as i said, as long as he was sure it was a 7mm mauser. im aware of the rounds that the different militarys chamberd different versions for, but im not up on who's went where and when.

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    Receiver look like this ?


    I am sitting in my angry chair!

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    pretty sure thats 7.92x57 mm, or 8mm mauser

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    opps,,just saw thatdate of this thread,,hahahaha,,ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by deth502 View Post
    if you have just purchased a 7mm mauser, i would caution against bgummer's recommendation of using 8mm mauser ammunition.

    look for ammo marked 7x57 , or 7mm mauser.

    all of this, of course, hinges on the fact that you are sure its a 7mm mauser.
    The fact that he said Nazi markings and 44 DOU says it's a K98k 7.93x57 a.k.a. 8 mm Mauser rifle. None were in 7 x 57 ever.

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