My brother and I just purchased a pair of Polish K98 Mausers (1927 and 1925) and was hoping someone would be able to help me determine the rifle's history and maybe help me determine if I overpaid. Both of us are just starting to collect WWII rifles, but don't really have the means to buy exactly what we would love to own.
The 1925 Warsaw rifle I have been able to find a bit if information on, but I can't seem to find much information on the 1927 FB Radom K98 Mauser.
The serial numbers on both rifles are all matching except for the bolt and magazine lift plate. These seem to have been replaced, although the Radom bolt handle looks to be consistent with those coming out of that factory in 1927 (this is determined from what little information I could find on that rifle). The bolt handle is turned down with a flat side on the ball. The outside of the rifle I would say is fair condition although the bore has some pitting that I either mistook or was covered up by the fouling at the store. These rifles apparently were bought by the dealer as a pair from someone's collection and it appears although the Warsaw rifle was well taken care of the Radom rifle was a little neglected. Neither rifle has any electro-pencilling or import marks and so I assume they are not captures. Is that true and does this mean they could have been used by the Polish Home Army, this possibility is why I fell in love them.) Are there any other markings that could determine if they were captures? Any information would be helpful. I will see if I can post some pictures soon, both rifles are at my brother's right now.
Also is there something that can be done about the pitting\fouling. We have cleaned with Hopps, but there is still some stubborn fouling still in there and some pitting in spots down the length of the bore. I have read that the weapon might be a candidate for lapping, but at the same time have been told there is really nothing that can be done other than re barreling. We plan on getting some JB Bore cleaning paste and polish to see what we can do. I know it won't remove pitting or put a sharp edge on the rifling, but figured we would try to use it to give a good cleaning anyway.
Thanks for any information you can give. Also is there a place that any one knows of where I can do additional research.