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#6799425 - 08/22/12 04:02 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: nsaqam]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Here ya go! I cut and pasted this from a post I just made on ar.

Here it is: Zastava LK70. You can see the nice figure of the wood and the fact that it seems to have no finish at all. But the overall lines are nice.



Closeup of the same left side. I tried daubing on a little Tru-Oil to bring out the grain but my bottle was old.
My amateur photography doesn't do this justice, nor does the lack of finish. But in my mind I can picture the highlights coming out of this with a nice deep finish on it.


Right side.


Lots of wood around that barrel. You can see the inletting isn't too close.


Looks like a Mauser bolt to me.


The metal polish is actually quite nice.


It has a slender barrel, it's .555" OD at the muzzle.


Inletting.


More wood to metal fit.


The pistol grip is very pleasing to the hand. Those palm swells on either side and the flare at the bottom make a nice, sure grip.


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#6799433 - 08/22/12 04:04 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Jim in Idaho]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Continued:

Front sight.


Okay, this branding I don't mind.


And the caliber stamp I really like. But the other part, I dunno, Las Vegas just doesn't strike me as the home of fine rifles.


"Hey, Sergei, hurry up and finish that checkering and let's go get a beer!"


"Okay, okay, I'll be right there, I'll just be another minute!"


"There. Perfect!"




Third impression: Nice rifle. The action needs a little polish but it's solid and well made. The stock has good lines, great ergonomics and nice wood, but they sure didn't put much effort into finishing it

Overall, though, it's definitely worth the low price of admission, and with all of that milled steel I'd almost say it's a bargain. I think I'll keep it for a while. smile



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#6799476 - 08/22/12 04:15 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Ella]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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I'm still thinking on the .223. The stock is definitely more than needed for the trim little rifle that sits in it and the wood is more blonde, not as nice as the 7X57, but the overall shape is the same.

Really busy last night and tonight so haven't had time to even make up dummy rouunds to run through to check feeding or to check the throating.

I'm warming up to that 7X57 by the minute but just haven't devoted much time to the .223 yet.

It looks like it will make a great rifle with the same bit of tweaking and wood finishing as the larger one, but I'm not sure I'm up to two projects like that. Plus, I hold it next to my Kimber of Oregon M84 .223 and, well, there just isn't any comparison.

But we'll see. wink
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#6799480 - 08/22/12 04:15 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Jim in Idaho]
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Based on the pics I'd say your first impressions were spot on.

I'll be looking for these on the used market in the future.
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#6799538 - 08/22/12 04:28 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Jim in Idaho]
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Registered: 03/27/01
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Loc: Mississippi
A few years ago when Charles Daly was closing it's doors I bought one of their zastava mausers in 30-06, right hand, synthetic stock for $260 on closeout. It had some of the problems you described, gritty trigger, fed poorly from the box. The synthetic stock was standard tupperware like you'd find on a remington or winchester and the lines were fairly trim and pleasing, so other than it being tupperware it was OK. The good news is that the trigger cleaned right up with a bit of tinkering, it was pretty easy to get around 3# and get the creep out. I'm no gunsmith, but after feeding a bunch of rounds I was able to trace the feeding problem to some machining flash on the bottom edge of the extractor, a minute or two with a file had the flash cleaned up and it's fed great ever since. The really good news is that right out of the box it shot sub-moa, it's the most accurate big game rifle I've ever bought out of the box, it really didn't take much tweaking at all to get it shooting 3/4" groups.

For the money I paid it's probably the best firearm bargain I've ever found. I'd say yours is also. They're a bit of a diamond in the rough, but I'll bet it'll shoot well like mine did after you fix the minor issues. The stock does have nice wood, it reminds me a lot of the stocks you get on a CZ, too heavy and poorly styled for the american market. It looks like a project for someone with a rasp and some patience, but I'll bet it could be made nice.

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#6799558 - 08/22/12 04:32 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: nsaqam]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Yep. I'm not making any snap judgements but unless the .223 really impresses me on the range it might find a spot on gunbroker.

But you can see my dilemma on the 7X57 stock. It only needs a 1" shorter LOP and it would fit me perfectly, the pistol grip is round and full and fills the hand nicely (hmm, images of a woman's breast somehow come to mind right now, not sure why. confused ) Anyway...maybe slim down the forend just a tad and it would be perfect. And it does have really nice figure to it. A little bit of magic by one of our talented folks here on the fire and it would be a beauty. But that inletting... sick

But then again - it's mostly paid for. New stocks cut from blanks can get expensive, and even though the basic rifle is good it will never be an Oberndorf Type A so I'm only dreaming to think I can make it one or even close to one without a lot of work. And I appreciate inexpensive solutions (translation - I'm cheap).

Decisions, decisions...
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#6799600 - 08/22/12 04:45 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Jim in Idaho]
Ella Offline
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Much appreciate the photos. I'm feeling kinda torn now. That IS some nice wood grain, lotta potential in that guy...

...but does it shoot?

Could be as fine a rifle as you want. Someone on this website had done an awefully nice custom by Someone Anderson? on a Zasta lefty action. I'm talking serious
nice....

(Here's the link: http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/4344508/1)

Ella


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Edit Reason: link added

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#6799625 - 08/22/12 04:52 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Jim in Idaho]
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I had a Zastava Yugoslavia Mauser many moons ago. It was a RH 270Win. Me being a southpaw, I let it go, despite it being a gift from family.

Anyway, it was a well finished piece of metal, and built like a tank, action, and bottom metal. The action was not smooth, you had to manhandle the hell out of it.

Mine was in a custom myrtlewood stock, so that fit well. It was a shooter. Had a custom 27" bbl, so velocity was good. I just couldn't like a RH rifle.
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#6800272 - 08/22/12 07:54 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: Jim in Idaho]
kk alaska Offline
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Wow Jim, I like the wood what did the 223 look like and was it as ordered, with double triggers? If my wood on my rifles are that nice I am going to send them to make over school! Mine are to be delivered Thurs. adnd FFL is hunting. Sure hope they don,t get sent back, UPS is a pain to deal with up here.
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#6800488 - 08/22/12 08:55 PM Re: Zastava left hand Mauser impressions [Re: kk alaska]
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If I was born with the left handed issue, liked Mausers, and wanted a 7x57, I would say that rifle has a lot of potential.

Karnis would be my first call. After shooting it of course.


Travis

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