Educational Zone #35 – Refinished Turkish Mauser

I have been interested in Mausers lately. Got a couple of them with my C&R and refinished them, enjoying the whole thing.

I was interested in getting a Turkish Mauser and have been looking for a nice one. I was frustrated, as most of them are “rough”. Those Turks didn’t believe in babying a rifle.

I finally found one on the net and made a deal on it. I got it a couple of days ago and when I opened the box, I was very disappointed. It was as rough as a cob.

I didn’t even take any “before” pictures, as I wasn’t sure I could even save this one. The cosmoline had been removed by the previous owner, but there was no finish and the stock looked like someone had used it for a boat anchor.

Man, I was disappointed. But I figured, “What have I got to lose?”

The metal didn’t look too bad and I figured I could at least make the wood look a lot better. So, to work I went.

Here is the finished product, at the range this morning.


I had sanded the stock thoroughly and Tman and I had stained it with alcohol-based stain.

I then applied several coats of Satin Poly.


It had come out pretty nice after all.

The metal wasn’t too bad after 

I cleaned it up and did some cold bluing.


One of the main difference that makes a Turk easy to spot is the lack of wood over the front half of the barrel.


This one had a small wood repair from the arsenal, to prevent a stock split.

It was a dove-tailed type of repair.

It was well done.


Of course, the big question is: Will it shoot? smilie wink

I tried some of my 8mm handloads.


Here’s the first 5 shots at 50 yards.

Not bad for an old rifle and 58 year old eyes.


The crest on the receiver said it was arsenal refinished in 1946, making it 60 years since that date.


I shot a bunch of milsurp ammo through it today, but had some misfires.

The ammo works fine in other rifles, so this one must have a weak firing pin spring.

I’ll order a Wolff replacement.

Shoots hard, kicks hard, and hits what I’m aiming at.


How you gonna beat it? 

Is this a great hobby, or what? 

4 Comments on Educational Zone #35 – Refinished Turkish Mauser

  1. Randy Phillips // October 7, 2017 at 11:03 pm // Reply

    I also have a Turkish Mauser. To get the thing to shoot somewhat at POI I have the front sight drifted so far to one side it almost falls out. Any more adjustment will require bending the barrel between tow fence poles. Great web sight.

  2. Randy Phillips // October 7, 2017 at 11:04 pm // Reply

    I meant POA and just kidding about bending the barrel. Or at least I will not mention it if I do on the internet.

  3. Ronald Dunne // February 3, 2021 at 1:12 am // Reply

    Mine (Ankara 1946) shoots OK, about what one can expect from an old military Mauser. The 29″ barrel is a new experience as all my other Mausers over the years have the 23.9″ K98k type barrels. This barrel is set up for the 154(?)gr Mauser and I got a lot of stinky Turk ammo with it, most of which has performed fine.. Havent tried any of the heavy ball surplus I use in my other Mausers, yet. The stock is a bit rough and that is a project for another winter. Sanding, dark stain, and maybe some poly after I get the color right. Some of the articles posted here have given me some ideas.
    Turk Mausers have the rep of being accurate (all things being equal) and this one seems worth fixing up.
    One thing I did notice- these rifles are a Turkish mix of the ’98 Mauser and older Turkish marks.. Have found some parts that have German ’98 ww1 proofs, which adds some historical interest (to myself)- who knows what these rifles have been thru?

  4. Ronald Dunne // February 3, 2021 at 1:18 am // Reply

    I wanted to mention that the O.P.’s rifle came out looking very nice! And it groups well considering the sights, which are nothing to write home about on any Mauser. The cold blue really spruced the metal up too.. Mine should look so good when I get done with it! Nice work, sir.

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