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Ankara Mouser 1939 8MM Turkish restoration

Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by steelfingers, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. steelfingers

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    Some people will have a cow over this but I put a 60 grit flap grinding wheel on my grinder and got the pits out and the blueing off. Had some serious pits under the furniture and I was trying to sand down by hand and finally had an epiphany and went to the grinder. Got all the pits out except for a dot or two on the barrel and almost have the action done. When finished, I will sand with 100/120/150/200 and 0000 to get her baby but shiny and smooth.
    Had planned on blueing but may go a different way because the shiny metal looks so cool. Might clear coat bluing if I can find one that won't turn yellow. Heck I don't know.
    That's what happens when your not that bright (Me ha). Love the process of doing this. Regardless of how it turns out. I'll shoot it and hang it with my Mosin on the wall of my reloading room. Some collectors will have a fit about what I'm doing, but there's no shortage of Turkish Mausers and this one needed some work to protect it. Plus....I own it. Ha. Pictures were taken during a break. Almost ready to start hand sanding but still a couple of pits need addressed first.
    Mauser 1 ground.JPG Mauser 2 ground.JPG
     
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    Back in the early 2000’s, CDNN had these for $39. Another guy and I bought a bunch. We kept the best shooting ones for ourselves and I gave the rest away as gifts. My brother took his gift and completely stripped the metal and wood. It is the prettiest Turk I’ve ever seen.
     
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    Furniture on this one is perfect. A great selling point for me. Add to that, barrel rifling was in great shape. I expected the pitting and there is was. I'm having a ball letting the gun kinda tell me what is best for it. I've always liked polished steel but who knows.
     
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    Looks good to me. Pimp that thang!


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    Why not do what you want to it?
    Make it into a beautiful yet unique firearm that nobody else has. Put a red dot on it.
    Hang a tactical light on it.
    Who cares? It’s not a collector’s item so make it yours.
     
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    Agreed. Same as I feel about my old Enfield. Might have had some collectors value before the importer chopped the stock and forends, but now it is just my old war horse, do everything rifle that I have lugged around for many years. Over 40 is what we figured up recently.

    I am going to put a brown composite stock set and a scope on it. The only thing missing from being perfect, is it is not in 308 Win. The 303 is a great old round but 308 may be the best all around rifle cartridge ever made.
     
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    I finished some more work on this and having a ball. I'm stuck in this house for a bit and this is great for tedious work. I love it.
    Finished the heavy sanding and got all the grains going in a single direction. A bit more blueing I have to remove in small areas but have taken all the pits out (a few small ones left but they are mostly dot's and will be covered by the furniture. I'll now move to hand sanding the small areas with 60 grit only because I'm ocd...Ha. Then on to 100/150/200 grit. More if needed but I doubt it. The last will be the elevation sights, butt stock, trigger, barrel bands and spring holds for bands. By then I will have decided where to go with it. Any suggestions to a clear coat will be appreciated. Here's the work I've got done so far (just showing the finish really.
    Mauser update 1.JPG Mauser update 2.JPG
     
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    You can't be too OCD when restoring a rifle. You'll never be happy with it if it has cosmetic defects that bug you. Besides, it looks really nice and it will only increase in value.
     

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