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Thread: Boys; Helga. Helga meet the boys!

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    Boys; Helga. Helga meet the boys!

    My wife bought this old GEW 98 for me after see saw how my eyes lit up when I spotted her on the used rack! 1916 dated, the Nazi coin in the stock makes me think WW2 bring back? The Marbles compass in the stock works if you take the bolt out, the mother of pearl inlays, the milled bolt handle the Lyman muzzle brake and the redfield front sight all say this was someone's special girl! 8mm and all numbers match and there is a wide smooth sweet after market trigger in it that I haven't placed the maker but it's a keeper! So Boys;Helga. Helga meet the boys!
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    Looks like a fun toy for sure. 8mm Mauser is a good caliber too.

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    Sorry about the upside down pics I don't know how to fix them! Love that forearm tip and yes she shoot cast like a dream! The stock was in rough shape when she came to me, I hope I did justice on the refinishing the old weaver mounts and sling were part of the deal and I added the weaver scope cause there was no rear sight ! Well boys what do you think of Helga? I sure do love my wife; she said she hadn't seen me look at something like that since I found our current dog! She put it in layaway, I went back a few days later and it was gone; and the boys at my local LGS didn't ruin her surprise but just before my birthday I found a layaway recite in the farm truck sun visor and I'll tell you it was hard to wait and not give it away until my birthday! Sure wish I knew this rifles story, probably saw action in both world wars! And no telling how many hints on both sides of the pond!

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    They sure had attention to detail. Good looking rifle, and it sounds like you've got a good wife too

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    Helga is an acrobat, always hanging upside down.
    Hell, I was there!

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    That's lovely!
    More "This is what happened when I,,,,," and less "What would happen if I,,,,"

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    You're lucky to have a good woman to get that for you. You have much to be thankful for.

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    Impressive. More pics would be nice. Maybe a calendar?
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    sounds like they are both keepers.

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    That is a very pretty rifle. What is the muzzle brake/device?

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    Pics look ok from down under !

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    The muzzle break says herters pat pend, I said above Lyman sorry! It's threaded on I'll include more pics of the break if you want them ,
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    I love Helga. I love your wife. She sounds a lot like mine. Divorce that muzzle brake.
    This from a man with a Cutts Compensator on his old Browning A5 haha.
    Best, Thomas.

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    ok I like the rifle, I don't understand why you have to take the bolt out for the compass to work.... wouldn't you just need to turn the rifle sideways???

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    Just how it is GoodolBoy don't know why, compass gives very accurate directional readings if the bold it out, otherwise it's off by about 1/2 a rotation

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    Weird! My father bought me an 8mm Chech. mauser from one of my uncles in the'60's that looked a lot like that. It had a sporterized stock, diamond inlays in the stock just like that, no scope, no compass though. I sold it in the'90's because I was told you couldn't scope it and I didn't like the fine iron sights, you couldn't see'em in the woods. In those days, for me, all useful guns were for hunting.When we later change, we are still affected by past mistakes.

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    Herter's 1966 catalog #76 calls this " Herter's Target-Type Recoil Eliminator" with all the usual Herter's hyperbole. Price for part alone was $3.50 and $6.00 if they installed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roysha View Post
    Herter's 1966 catalog #76 calls this " Herter's Target-Type Recoil Eliminator" with all the usual Herter's hyperbole. Price for part alone was $3.50 and $6.00 if they installed it.
    I seem to remember a photo of a small boy holding a Garand so equipped in the catalog "8 yr old boy fires full power 30-06 with no ill effects whatsoever"- my catalogs were early 70s though.
    On the compass; check your bolt for magnetism by passing it over a needle or pin.
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    Sweet!
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    I see how it was love at first sight.

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