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Posted: 11/17/2006 11:48:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2006 1:23:34 PM EST by Usafwolfe]
Just ordered a M48 Mauser from Century. I hope it is in decent shape, but at 93 bucks I couldn't pass it up. They threw in a "free" bayonet too when I ordered by phone. I'll post pics when it arrives.
Link Posted: 11/18/2006 5:12:34 PM EST
tag a roo
Link Posted: 11/28/2006 5:39:05 AM EST
Just called Century and they said it should arrive on Thursday for those that are wondering.

I will take pics and post as soon as it shows up.
Link Posted: 11/29/2006 4:08:14 PM EST
AIM has some beaters for sale right now for $59 with free shipping to the first XXXX orders
Link Posted: 11/29/2006 6:15:02 PM EST
Yep, one M48 and a case of Romanian, $144 shipped. It will make good company for my Turks.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 4:34:28 PM EST
Well you asked for it and here it is! My initial impressions of the M48A Mauser I just recieved from Century International. First impressions are important right? I have just one word "COSMOLINE". Looks like I am going to have to finally build myself a cosmo-cofin. The metal looks great, I'd say 100% finish at this point and the wood is pretty much perfect except for two tiny dings. I will most likely try and use the steam and sand method and then refinish the entire stock. I am very happy with it and will probably order another one to clean up and give to my father for Christmas.









On second thought I recommend that you don't order one!
So I can have them all to myself
ALL YOUR MAUSER BELONG TO ME
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 4:52:02 PM EST
Do you have a cleaned pic of the bolt face?
Thanks
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 4:54:02 PM EST
No not yet, I'll clean it up Friday night and Saturday and post more pics. Anything special I should look for on the bolt face??
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 5:03:17 PM EST
Just wanted to see how much the metal was ate out by the corrosive primers if at all?
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 5:31:08 PM EST
That dog hair stuck to the cosmoline looks frightningly familiar...


I swear, nothing in our house (no matter how breif it's stay) is free from that crap.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 6:12:16 PM EST
Yeah I have a German Shepard, a Lab Mix and a Yorkie, so I am always vaccuming. I brush them all once every other day and I still get hair everywhere in the house. My next dog will not be a shedder.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 6:14:33 PM EST
MMMMMMM! Look at all that yummy cosmoline. I love the smell of that stuff...

How much was the rifle with shipping?
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 6:21:52 PM EST
Came out to $118 plus change.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 6:25:12 PM EST
I hope that is a carpet scrap. because if you're married you'll never live to shoot that rifle.

1st dibs if she kills ya.



Great looking rifle btw. Shoot the Yugo ammo in it. You won't be sorry.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 6:33:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By weptek911:
I hope that is a carpet scrap. because if you're married you'll never live to shoot that rifle.

1st dibs if she kills ya.



Great looking rifle btw. Shoot the Yugo ammo in it. You won't be sorry.


haha yeah it is a carpet scrap out in the garage. I learned that one the hard way.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 6:35:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By WaMag:
Just wanted to see how much the metal was ate out by the corrosive primers if at all?


Ok by special request here is a picture of the bolt face. Man the things I do for you people at 11:30 at night.

Link Posted: 11/30/2006 8:38:08 PM EST
Decent rifling? I'm thinking my gunsmith special from AIM will be kinda sorry in the bore department.
Link Posted: 11/30/2006 9:01:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By Usafwolfe:

Originally Posted By WaMag:
Just wanted to see how much the metal was ate out by the corrosive primers if at all?


Ok by special request here is a picture of the bolt face. Man the things I do for you people at 11:30 at night.

i38.photobucket.com/albums/e133/Usafwolfe/M48%20Mauser/000_0759.jpg

the bolt face looks ok to me, just a little pitting where the primer edges are.
most of the mausers i've seen in the shops have that as does the m-48
and m24/47 i have. i removed the cosmo in my stocks using mineral spirits
and soaking the stock in a long tray. used a fairly stiff brush to get the heavy
stuff off. wiped the stocks down with laquer thinner and sanded a bit with
220 grit paper and a final wipedown with thinner. applied birchwood casey
tru-oil by hand (2 coats with 0000 steel wool between coats) and turned out
great. you have a very nice example and will serve you well!
+1 on the yugo ammo!
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 4:33:32 AM EST
I have been sufficiently inspired by this thread to order a couple.
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 4:47:42 AM EST
tag for clean-up pics. Might have to get one.
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 9:08:22 AM EST
Is there a rifle under all that cosmoline?

Looks like it'll be a keeper when all is said and done.
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 10:21:08 AM EST
Just ordered two. Rep at Century said they have 3 left and then it is only dark bores with or without cracks.
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 10:44:48 AM EST
huh, i orderd one about 10 days before the o.p. & still don't have it. i just called & they said tues. the 5th. if it's as nice as the o.p.'s i'll be happy but what the hell is up w/ there shipping
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 10:52:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By offroader333:
huh, i orderd one about 10 days before the o.p. & still don't have it. i just called & they said tues. the 5th. if it's as nice as the o.p.'s i'll be happy but what the hell is up w/ there shipping


When I called them they said they had a "computer glitch" sometime last week that messed up a lot of their shipments.
Link Posted: 12/1/2006 11:04:39 AM EST
I ordered mine at about 9:30 last night; I've been getting periodic emails all day with updates to my order. Seems to be moving right along.

Link Posted: 12/1/2006 11:43:01 AM EST
i should have had mine in my hands when you placed your order, thats one hell of a glitch anyway i'm looking foward to seeing pic's of yours after cleaning up. thanks, jeremy
Link Posted: 12/2/2006 8:57:25 AM EST
Just last weekend, I was thinking of getting a couple more M48's, maybe call and see if they have some with bad bores for a lower price. They are such nice looking rifles I thought they'd make a great base for a conversion, probably one of the 30 calibers.

I wasn't happy when I found out AIM was out, and now century is probably out.
Link Posted: 12/2/2006 9:23:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/2/2006 9:43:26 AM EST by Usafwolfe]
Well I just finished building my own cosmo cooker and put the rifle in about 5 minutes ago. The temperature is climbing nicely inside. I'll post more pics when I pull it out of the cooker.

ETA: 20 minutes later and the cosmo is dripping off!!! Yeah it is working!
Link Posted: 12/2/2006 4:08:54 PM EST
Got pics of your "cosmo cooker"?


Where in FL are ya? I'm in Panama City.
Link Posted: 12/2/2006 5:38:39 PM EST
I'll take some pics of it tomorrow morning and post them.
The cooker worked well and stayed at a constant 150 degrees F


I live up in Sanford.
Link Posted: 12/2/2006 7:06:01 PM EST
Looks like you got a good deal on that M48, I'd gave $150 at a local gun show for one in excellent condition & no cosmo.

Noticed your came with front sight hood and cleaning rod and a free bayonet, I had to buy all that for the one I'd got.

Look forward to a range report.

TG
Link Posted: 12/3/2006 3:00:06 AM EST
After reading this I now want to shoot my Yugo. Whats the best surplus ammo out there now and who has it ? How about that Romanian that AIM has ? TIA
Link Posted: 12/3/2006 3:22:25 AM EST
Romanian is pretty darn good, I am picking up some more myself.
Link Posted: 12/3/2006 4:47:36 AM EST
Havent tried any Romanian myself, but hear they have soft primers, best to wear eye protection.

Yugo ammo has in set primers, you may or may not need a new firing pin spring.

TG
Link Posted: 12/3/2006 4:57:48 AM EST
Tagged to see pics of her when she's all cleaned up.

Link Posted: 12/12/2006 4:14:50 PM EST
Any cleaned up pictures? Century said my order may or may not have gone through. So if I didn't get the two 48a, I'll order their special 3 48 in good condition but with cracked stocks.
Link Posted: 12/12/2006 4:52:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2006 4:16:40 AM EST by eswanson]
I received the two M48's I ordered from Century yesterday. Very pleased with them. They're dirty, but not nearly as Cosmo-coated as Usafwolfe's. The bores look great and the wood looks very good. They both came with some ancient leather slings, too.
Link Posted: 12/12/2006 6:41:29 PM EST
No clean up pics yet. Unfortunately I am attending a class in Tampa, FL this week so I will continue with the clean up on Friday afternoon when I get home. Hopefully I'll get the stock sanded down to where I want it this weekend. I finally did get enough cosmo melted out of the barrel to see that there is no pitting and the grooves look to be in good condition.

Glad you got some good rifles from Century. Post some pics here when you get a chance.
Link Posted: 12/13/2006 1:57:02 PM EST
My M48A came from Century a couple of days ago. There was no cosmo except for what is left in the wood, just dirty. The barrel looks good, nice sharp lands. I will know more after I clean everything this weekend. All the numbers match and the wood is in very good shape without the mismatched handguards that I see on so many. I am looking forward to getting this one to the range.



More pics when I get it cleaned.
Link Posted: 12/13/2006 4:12:02 PM EST
Thanks for the info..........
Link Posted: 12/13/2006 5:32:12 PM EST
That's exactly what mine look like.
Link Posted: 12/13/2006 6:18:38 PM EST
Here's my un-issued M48A that I bought about three years ago. The stock took lots of sanding followed my many coats of BLO to get to look like it does now.






Here it is along with my Yugo SKSs


Link Posted: 12/13/2006 7:08:24 PM EST
I could never get into the SKS, tried and couldnt do it. Maybe its the round or shooting it. Shot it with some old russian sh*t and smelled like I pissed in the barrel. But the mauser there is a C&R.
Link Posted: 12/14/2006 6:47:42 AM EST
Century is having a sale on M48 good with dark bore and minor cracked stocks. 3 for a really good price, hint kinda like the Aim deal.
Link Posted: 12/14/2006 7:57:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By WaMag:
Century is having a sale on M48 good with dark bore and minor cracked stocks. 3 for a really good price, hint kinda like the Aim deal.


Dark bores don't bother me. They'll usually clean up or shoot well anyway.

Cracked stocks though...

I just can't knowningly buy one with a cracked stock. It's only going to get worse.
Link Posted: 12/14/2006 1:00:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By Justa_TXguy:

Originally Posted By WaMag:
Century is having a sale on M48 good with dark bore and minor cracked stocks. 3 for a really good price, hint kinda like the Aim deal.


Dark bores don't bother me. They'll usually clean up or shoot well anyway.

Cracked stocks though...

I just can't knowningly buy one with a cracked stock. It's only going to get worse.


Well since I missed out on the AIM deal, ordered but no cigar. Have an extra two replacement stocks that will hopefully mix and match and get three good condition M48 with dark bores. Then hopefully will clean up and be good shooters.

Alot of hope in that.....
Link Posted: 12/16/2006 7:54:44 PM EST
Ok well I finally had time to get back to work on the old M48. I ran her through the cosmo cooker twice about 5 hours each run at 150 F. Got enough of the cosmo off to handle and disassemble for more detailed cleaning. Here she is on the operating table.

All the parts look to be in great shape. Still haven't figured out how to get the metal butt plate off the stock. I took the two screws out but it just won't budge. If you have any ideas please let me know.
I'll start work on the wood tomorrow.
Link Posted: 12/17/2006 3:49:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By Usafwolfe:
Still haven't figured out how to get the metal butt plate off the stock. I took the two screws out but it just won't budge. If you have any ideas please let me know.
I'll start work on the wood tomorrow.



I'm pretty sure it's just a standard cupped buttplate. It must just be stuck on there. Just try to wiggle it off.

I'd be real careful using any sort of prying instrument to get it moving since it would be easy to gouge the wood.

Link Posted: 12/17/2006 6:14:03 AM EST
I sent my C&R to Century over a month ago and still don't have an account set up. I've called and sent e-mails. I guess they don't want my business.
Link Posted: 12/18/2006 7:06:31 AM EST
You can try to get a grip on that buttplate by LIGHTLY clamping it in a padded vise and pulling on the stock. Don't crimp the buttplate to the stock! I wonder if cosmo/oil is in the buttstock and is causing a suction effect. Doubt it, most likely just a tight fit.
Link Posted: 12/30/2006 1:21:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/30/2006 1:22:38 PM EST by Usafwolfe]
Ok well she is finally done. Sanded the stock after bleeding out the cosmo. Then stained with Minwax oil based English Chestnut and finished it off with two coats of Polyurethane. The hand guard is slightly lighter than the stock, but it was like that when I got it from Century so overall I am happy with the way it turned out. I'll take better pictures tomorrow when the sun is up.









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