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I was just oiling down my two K98's and I noticed something peculiar. On my 1938 Orberndorf I noticed that the barrel has been turned down so it's smoothe. My other one ,1944 Orberndorf, has machining marks present until about 4" left on the barrel. The end is a smoothe finish like the whole barrel on the 1938.

Did the Germans take the time to smoothe down their new barrels pre war? I was thinking maybe the earlier one was turned down post war. But then it quickly dawned on me that all the markings are still intact.
 

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Up until about late 1943, all K98 barrels are finely finished, smooth. Post then, most barrels show lathe "rings".

You should try a K98 with an MG barrel in it - not that ain't pretty :)
Mosin barrels started getting rough in 1941/42. A roll of emory cloth (metal sandpaper) and a lathe would fix this problem; but not practical during peak war time demand for rifles.

The Germans were still making model 98 sporters in 1938 too. No need to hurry because the war was a year away. Then again, I have several model 1935, 1940 and 1942 helmets. The differences between those is obvious too...
 
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