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Hi guys,
I picked up this '43 dated Izhevsk over the weekend from a walk in at a gunshow. The bolt (also Izhevsk), scope and mount don't match but the other numbered parts agree with the receiver. The bore is bright with good rifling but the scope needs a major cleaning. I can't find any import marks on her.The stock bears a rework stamp and there's a splice at the toe. A repair or economic expedient? The stock has a roughly applied coat of varnish instead of the red shellac my other PU snipers have. Here are some pics.

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Len
 

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I'm not the expert here, but it looks like you got yourself a nice real 1943 re-furb. The scope was refurbed in 1965 and it looks like the correct mount.
I can't tell if the original scope number was scrubbed, but looks like it could have been. Still a bunch of cosmoline on it; should clen up nice...
Good catch.....:)
 

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Very interesting piece. The floorplate and buttplate look original showing no evidence of being scrubbed and re-stamped; same goes for the bolt body going by those pics. The scope mount base looks like the real thing too having rough milling marks and a small thumbscrew head. But the rifle does not have a serial number above the woodline unless very neatly scrubbed which usually would be seen on a 1942 rather than a 1943. So how much was this and what show?
 

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Hi guys,
Thanks for your comments. I believe there was a serial # on the left side of the barrel shank but that it was scrubbed. There's a definite flat area there. I bought it at the Central Florida Arms Collector's show in Lakeland for $400. The scope really needs a cleaning, is this something an amateur (me) can do or should I send it to a specialist?

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Len
 

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Len, Congratulations and a great price on that one. Interesting rifle. Thanks for sharing. Tigerman cleans scopes also.
 

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Hi guys,
Thanks for your comments. I believe there was a serial # on the left side of the barrel shank but that it was scrubbed. There's a definite flat area there. I bought it at the Central Florida Arms Collector's show in Lakeland for $400. The scope really needs a cleaning, is this something an amateur (me) can do or should I send it to a specialist?

Best regards,
Len
That scope looks like its been in or under water at some time. Is that fungus growing on the inside of the lens. Those notches you see in the rear are for unscrewing the ring that holds the lens in place. If you're very careful you can unscrew it and remove the lens but I think also you'll find it stuck in place. The lenses were sealed in place with some substance (beeswax??) or gum mastic that may need to be dissolved. If you try this, protect the lens with a shield cut from heavy cardboard or a thick piece of felt and stuff it inside the tube before you go to work.
 

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Nice one. The rifle looks real to me as well and the original scope number is scrubbed off. See how light reflects from the left side of the chamber. The font on the butt plate and magazine floor plate match but are not 100% same as on the chamber. They're probably force matched. The stock looks a bit like it's redone but this doesn't mean it was done by civilian bubba. In all that's a winner...
 

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BTW one of my PUs has very similiar stock finish as yours. Does your rifle have a letter "K" stamped on the wrist of the stock?

 

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BTW one of my PUs has very similiar stock finish as yours. Does your rifle have a letter "K" stamped on the wrist of the stock?


Hi Antti, the stock isn't marked with a "K". Once again thanks for the feedback fellas. I think I'll leave the scope cleaning to an expert.

Best regards,
Len
 
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