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    Opinions on Yugo Mausers

    Fellas, I just picked up two Yugo Mausers one is a M24/47 the other has the bent bolt handle and I think it say M48. Both were like new with perfect bores and matching numbers.

    Should I order a no go headspace gauge or are they usually ok? Both has small import stamps on them.

    What are you guys takes on them I have never dealt with these before I am more an American military collector?

    Thanks in advance for all help. John

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    Good rifles. Well made. Odds are very good that the headspace is o.k.

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    You are going to have fun with those rifles.
    I think I have 7 of them right now, most of them are 24/47's
    With a good bore, and good headspace they are fun guns to go out and shoot.
    Many of mine were not in Perfect condition, and I got them Cheap.
    But those are the ones I rebarreled and Customized , or just sporterized.
    But many others I rebuilt and restored, and sold off to fund my hobby.
    Way more fun then just buying a Mitchell Mauser that was already restored.

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    Pretty barely used Mauser 8x57- what's not to love? My nephew has a Mitchell's and it's like new and very accurate. I've got dibs I hope! Best, Thomas.

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    If the serial numbers on the bolts match the numbers on the receiver you are good to go. Was at the local range and shooting my almost mint condition M48BO and didn't realize the guy next to me was shooting one of the Mitchell's mausers. After a ceasefire we got to talking and it turns out his mauser was a M48 redone or pimped up by Mitchell's. Think he paid about $400 for his and I spent $265 for mine. He said he should have gotten an original yugo and saved some money. Haven't seen as nice a yugo as mine at the local gun shows. Mine still has what I call the hairy stock because it wasn't finish sanded. Frank

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    I paid $149 for mine. It was a un issued gun when I got it. Mine is a plain M48. I have had about 20 or so of the 24/47's and 48's. A bunch were used for making sporters with a barrel change.

    This is one of my favorites. 24/47 made into a 257 Roberts. This was the very first stock that Richards Microfit made for the M48-24/47 actions.

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    Thanks Guys, I spent $600.00 total for both guns and 700 rounds of ammo. The ammo is all old stuff from the 50's but new in the box. I am sure it is corrosive but frankly that does not bother me at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomme boy View Post
    I paid $149 for mine. It was a un issued gun when I got it. Mine is a plain M48. I have had about 20 or so of the 24/47's and 48's. A bunch were used for making sporters with a barrel change.

    This is one of my favorites. 24/47 made into a 257 Roberts. This was the very first stock that Richards Microfit made for the M48-24/47 actions.
    Tomme Boy that is nice.

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    I gave $89 for my M-48, took a week to get all the cosmoline off/out of it!, it's a good shooter, picked up a bunch of Turk? surplus ammo for it, it was $7 for a bandolier of 70rnds on stripper clips, wish I'd bought more of it!?
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    Back in the eighties, when the ATF opened the doors to surplus firearms, I bought 81 of these rifles @ $40 each. I got 24's, 24/47's and "Preduce 44's". Of that batch, about twenty were virtually unissued and I shot them a LOT. Great rifles....probably the best bargain out there in a surplus Mauser action. One of the rifles had a counterbored muzzle, but a pristine barrel. I shortened that one and made a carbine out of it that will plop 214 grain boolits into the 200 yard gong all day long. That particular gun is the one that accompanies me out to the wilds of Nevada regularly......short, handy and accurate.

    Yes, they are a good gun.

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    I had 2 of the 48A's, excellent rifles.

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    So comes a new addiction Yugo Mausers, it should fit in well with my contender addiction.

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    I have a M48 in hand and have a 98/48 arriving tomorrow. Have had nothing but good luck with Yugo mausers and Yugo firearms in general...
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    Agreed with the others.. very rare chance of them having too much head space.

    you could always slap some tape on a cartridge and chamber it... etc.

    I have plenty of turk mausers, and only rarely over the last couple decades have I found any that will close on a field gauge. If they won't close on a field 100% into battery, I have no problem firing them. Your yugo will be much better than most turks.

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    I've got three, two M24/47's and a M48.
    My dad sporterized the first 24/47 and left it in 8mm with a shortened/ crowned bbl & had the bolt bent & jeweled, & hand checkered & finished a Boyd's stock, inst. Timney trigger.
    Also did one with a .308 replacement bbl & Boyd laminated stock all else similar to the other.
    M48 is still just a beat up battle rifle, probably a future project someday.
    Paid $79.00 for them at a local sporting goods store over 15 years ago.
    Great guns for the money, and was nice to have Mauser actions to work with at a cheap price.


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    You have to ask your self how much is a set of head space gauges when it comes to piece of mind. I always error on the side of spending money so I would purchase the gauges and do a 5 minute check and that way you simply know what you have and that in itself is worth something.

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    Well the headspace gauges for the 8mm are a little off. There was a lot of discussion in the past about this. The europeans used a different angle or something. I can not remember all the facts but it was found out that the USA versions of the 8x57 was different than the European specs.

    So take it for what it is worth and do a little research. But as long as the bolt matches the receiver. And it cycles smooth. I would fire a couple and look for case head expansion. Cheapest way to do it.

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    Thanks everyone, I just have never messed with the yugo mausers before. I am looking forward to getting them to the range.

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    @ tomme boy.
    Who's stock is that on your rifle ?
    I love it. and the caliber.
    I have two barrels for .257 Bob waiting to go on a couple of rifles that are not worth restoring.
    ( Plus a couple of .308's )

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