|PRICE:||R 15,000.00 Incl. VAT|
|MODEL||K98 Series - Standard Model First Series|
|ACTION||Bolt-Action - Mauser 98|
|CONDITION||Excellent used condition|
FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:
Musgrave rifles are a series of bolt-action target and hunting rifles produced in South Africa.
Originally located in Bloemfontein, the Musgave factory eventually closed and the name disappeared under the control of Denel in 1996, however some of the equipment and personnel relocated to Lyttelton Engineering Works in Pretoria where they continued to produce the same quality rifles under the brand name, Vektor.
This factory also soon closed its doors, but 20 years later a private firearm dealer located in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, purchased the Musgrave patent and the remaining K98 actions.
He teamed up with Gary Barnes, one of South Africa’s premier gunsmiths, and together they started a new factory to start producing Musgrave rifles once again.
The first factory produced rifle was exhibited at the April 2012 Huntex show, and was an immediate hit.
The .308 Winchester, first launched in 1952, is one of the world’s most popular short-action, medium to big-game hunting cartridges.
It is also commonly used for target shooting, metallic silhouette, bench rest target shooting, palma, metal matches, military sniping, and police sharpshooting.
It was based off of the experimental military T65E5 cartridge (which would later be designated and adopted as the 7.62 x 51mm NATO in 1954).
It uses a rimless, bottle-necked case and a 0.308″ (7.8mm) diameter bullet, ranging from 125 – 185 gr in weight, with a muzzle velocity ranging from 3,100 ft/s to 2,500 ft/s.
Although not identical, the .308 Winchester and military 7.62 × 51mm NATO cartridges are similar enough that they can be loaded into rifles chambered for the other round, but the .308 Winchester cartridges are typically loaded to higher pressures than 7.62×51mm NATO service cartridges.
Since Germany was one of Musgrave’s largest markets, they always maintained good relations with them.
They produced a series of rifles for a German gun shop chain named Kettner, based on military surplus Mauser K98 actions.
This rifle series, consisting of three main variants, was manufactured from 1985 till 1996, and went through many upgrades over that period.
This particular rifle is a K98 Standard Model first series, chambered in .308 Winchester.
This is distinguishable by its 3-position Mauser flag safety lever, Walnut stock with no cheek-piece, grip cap or checkering on the forend, and Williams front and rear sights.
On the side of the receiver it is marked ‘Mod. 98’.
Another interesting marking on this rifle is a German ‘eagle over swastika’ proof stamp on the side of the barrel (since these rifles were made from surplus German military Mauser 98 rifles).
This rifle is fitted with a Simmons Deerfield 4-12×40 scope which is in very good condition, but is just missing the one cap for the windage adjustment knob.
This gun is in excellent, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The overall finish (which is a matte, military-type finish) is excellent with no visible signs of wear.
The Walnut stock is still virtually perfect with only the odd, extremely light, small ding in places, also insignificant.
It has a 24″ or 610 cm long barrel with a standard Musgrave profile.
The K98 action is still smooth and tight.
It is fitted with a Simmons Deerfield 4-12×40 scope which is in very good condition, but is just missing the one cap for the windage adjustment knob.
It includes a leather rifle sling.
This firearm is suitable for medium and big game hunting.