View Full Version : Building a cheap K98 Sniper Rifle "knock off"

12-16-2013, 02:48 PM
I picked up a K98 awhile back. It was an Israeli rechamber to 7.62x51. After taking it out for the first time I noticed how accurate the rifle was! At 350 yards with open sites all my rounds were easily within center mass and I suck with open iron sights. I figured I needed to scope this thing. Now I know I didn't want to throw modern bases, rings, and a scope onto the rifle. But at the same time I didn't want to shell out the coin to do a full clone of a sniper rifle. And to top it off, the original scopes didn't have windage adjustment, just elevation. Windage was done using the rear scope ring. As well, most of the original scopes are fixed 4 power with the 6 power scopes being a little more rare.

Now it should be noted that none of the numbers on this rifle match, so I'm not wrecking a fine piece of history here :D

I wanted something that looked like a German Sniper Rifle from a distance or up close for a few seconds. So can there be a fine line between the two?

I remembered my grandfather's Parker Hale Safari in .308 Norma Magnum that he left me in his will. It was built using a Mauser action in fact! I pulled the rifle out of my safe and I figured there was one way to go about my sniper rifle clone! On the top of the rifle sat an old Ruko fixed 6 power scope. It looked beat to hell like my K98 and that scope was a fixed power. It was built in the 60s or 70s and was good enough to ride the rifle to the bottom of a lake one morning, fished out, and dropped a moose in the evening.

Here's a picture of the scope itself, still crystal clear as the day it was put on. It was sighted in once when my grandfather bought it and never needed to be sighted in again.


Another option is an old Weaver K6 like this.


Only bad part so far with the scopes is trying to find either. They are like hens teeth.

Now as for rings/bases I knew I wanted two piece rings to make adding and removing scopes easier. For that I have two choices. First up is the standard high turret mounts. They run $150 plus taxes and shipping. They look like this.


The other option costs the same and is called an LSR mount. The only thing about this mount is you also have to remove a piece of the stock on the side where you mount it.


So what do you guys think?

12-18-2013, 12:01 AM
I wouldn't touch a think. I think it looks great and vintage in it's own right just like that.