Mauser 24/47 Mauser M48(A)

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by offeror, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. offeror

    offeror New Member

    May 17, 2004
    NE Indiana
    Mauser M24/47

    What do we know about them (I realize they are not rare and not a long-action Mauser)? I'm ordering one of these in VG+ condition; could use instruction manual-type info especially, or a link to same. I assume these take the 5-rd. stripper clips?

    So far on the Internet I've found scarce information, but what I have indicates this is a post WWII (47) rifle and a good one can be a fine shooter to long range with the right ammo, as long as one is willing to clean the bore when shooting milsurp corrosive ammo. I am told my example should be a pretty gun in excellent shape and will have the less common turn-down bolt.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2004
  2. Smallbore

    Smallbore New Member

    Nov 22, 2003
    opps. :eek:
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2004

  3. offeror

    offeror New Member

    May 17, 2004
    NE Indiana
    I'm in the middle of cleaning my 24/47, actually closer to the end now.

    I started by slathering the stock with Vaseline (as someone suggested to me) and letting it sit. Then into the oven. I took the handguard out first to check progress and noticed a hairline crack I had not seen before, so the stock came out of the oven at that point. I shored up the crack by letting some super glue seep in and dry so it won't separate or enlarge; it has pretty much disappeared.

    The vaseline treatment and the heat didn't lighten the stock at all; after wiping off the excess warm Vaseline the stock looked about the same -- brown as a shoe from the cosmoline. I decided that if I was going to use anything effective on this, I'd try a short spell under the oven cleaner after all. So I sprayed it on and waited a bit. Then I hosed it off and the stock looked the way it should, with that good wood visible, yet with all the important vintage marks and colors still there. Beginner's luck.

    I slathered on some Palmolive dish cleaner right away and rinsed off the residue of the oven cleaner, by the way. Checked for any undesirable effects of the chemicals, wiped it dry, then back outside where I cleaned the metal by hand with Hoppe's #9. It worked pretty well. Indoors, I did the finer cleaning, used Blue Wonder Gun Cleaner in the bore (at least one more treatment is on the schedule before I'll be confident that the bore is really clean from end to end). The bore already looks shiny again and the rifling seems in excellent condition.

    I sanded the stock a bit with the recommended products and then gave it a drink of Liquid Gold, and the wood dried quickly to a nice darker look. The stock is now ready for the Tung Oil to seal that color a bit; it's basically finished. The metal needs more fine cleaning to be sure the cosmo and dirt is entirely out of the hard to reach corners -- there are some on these guns.

    This has been time consuming. None of this is second nature to me, so I have to keep finding things I need and getting ready for my next step. The process has required the willingness to walk away numerous times to let things develop and rest my rubbing and cleaning muscles (and my back).

    The upside of all this detailed work is, you come to know your gun extremely well before you ever fire it -- a good thing on any gun but particularly on a C&R. Luckily for me, there have been no significant unpleasant surprises as I examined these parts up close. The front sight needed drifting over but the rear assembly seems in great shape. Everything seems in good mechanical order, and the gun should be a fine shooting example when I'm done, if those sights will line up for me.
  4. offeror

    offeror New Member

    May 17, 2004
    NE Indiana
    Re: Mauser 24/47 PICS

    Here's the finished product.

  5. wundudnee

    wundudnee New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    Perry, Kansas USA
    They are a really nice rifle for the money. Mine was already cleaned when I received it. I ran a patch through it, loaded it, aimed it, pulled the trigger,
    THUNK, FTF. That danged cosmoline gets everywhere! Recleaned the bolt and it works nice. :eek:
  6. Richard47

    Richard47 New Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Re: Mauser 24/47 PICS

    That looks good.
    Where did you get it? Is it Century Import or Tenn Gun?
  7. CCubed

    CCubed New Member

    May 28, 2005
    Near Harrisburg, PA
    yeah, that turned down bolt is pretty rare. I had to look at your pictures twice before I convinced myself that it wasn't an M48 (or an M48A). [M48s always have K98k sling cuts in the buttstock and front sight hoods.]

    I wish I could give you more information, but I can't find my book on these Mausers. I actually have one. Ugh. I can't believe I lost it.
  8. bigiron

    bigiron Member

    Oct 31, 2004
  9. islenos

    islenos New Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    West Texas
    Does the crest on the top of the receiver have a crown or a star at the top?

    What does it have on the left side of receiver?

    A turned down bolt might just mean at one time the rifle made a trip to the work bench and had it’s straight handle replaced with a surplus one from the parts bin. They received truckloads of German Kar98k parts after the war.

    Also, you probably should have left the front sight alone. My experience with surplus rifles is that they were pickled in shooting condition, which includes sighted in.
  10. Richard47

    Richard47 New Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Just got a handpick 24/47 from Classic, beautiful rifle, 3" high at 100 yards. Looks like a new bore. As nice as a K31. Bluing is better. Neat looking crest.

    Do yourself a favor, the price is going up as the dollar goes down.
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