1940 DUV K98

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  1. Sharps40

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    Morning rifle for opening day of Eastern Rifle season on deer. Hope to make meat with Uncle Vic's WWII Battle Trophy. 1940 DUV K98 with bayonet and scabbard. Non Russian Capture, more like Uncle Vic Capture. Still as brought home. Shoots pretty close to regulation with Seiller & Bellot 196g Soft Point Cutting Edge.

    Will have it in the morning hunts with me Sat and Sunday.....(Scoped M1 Carbine for evenings for a while) but with luck, this old war dog will become a sporting rifle for the first time. That we know of, Uncle Vic never shot it, so, Dad and I are its likely first shooters since it was liberated in the early 40s.


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    Very cool, I wish I had a family war trophy to cherish.
     
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    That's one thing that has bothered me for decades of down range service. My own Government won't even allow me to bring back anything. Kudos that you got your late Uncles rifle and good luck hunting with it.

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    Often wondered about "official policy" and whether it ever actually was permitted or guys were crafty and just the sheer number and amount of people and stuff moved allowed some things through. Or, rank had its privileges. For example my dad told us that most all of those awesome WW2 B-3 bomber leather flying suits in his unit were ordered to be piled on a runway and burned. He came home with nothing other than personal kit and some English coins.
     
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    There was an official DOD form for Bring Backs. I think Korea may have been the last war when it was used. My brother has several handguns he bought that came with the signed forms allowing "trophy of war" returns.
     
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    Vietnam was the last time the DoD form was used.

    That being said, I have seen forms from Iraq and Afganistan for antique firearms.
     
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    Antique firearms purchased with a receipt showing the purchase (not captured) can come back. Original antique Brit stuff was coming back from Afghanistan early in the conflict but most of the later bazaar purchased stuff appears to be Khyber pass specials.
     
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    Is uncle Vic's Mauser duffel bag cut?
     
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    Again in english please and ill answer
     
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    Frequently rifles brought back home by returning servicemen had the stock forearm cut so that the disassembled rifle would fit into their duffel bag. Once the rifle was back home it was reassembled and the cut piece reattached, usually under the forward sling swivel band. I was curious if this was the case with this rifle.
     
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    Nope. All original. Uncut
     
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    0327 this morning.....up with the dog barfing on the freshly cleaned carpets......seems a 2" hunk of carrot is indigestible....well, I'm up, coffee, cerial and grab Uncle Vic's Battle Trophy and on the deer stand at 0600.

    Beautiful cold and clear with a light breeze. 0850 rolls around and I had an inkling that something was coming cause all the crows in the field blasted off at once.

    A fine buck walks in from the right. Scraggly rack but an nice full body, 3 points on one side, spike on the other.....

    The buck lines up full broadside at 80 yards and Uncle Vic's rifle lines up and barks. Buck drops like a sack of hammers. I reload and wait. No movement for 10 minutes. I safe the gun and put it down ready to get out of the stand.....look up and that buck is up and just a Hellin for the woods. I sit back down, hear him crash.....I wait 15 more minutes.

    Good blood at the kill site, frothy and bright red, about a cup full, no lung on the ground though so I know I've hit just a bit too fare back. Tracking, I find decent blood in the woods for about 30 yards, all high. I see now, I've hit him just under the spine and aft toward the rear of the lungs. Probably two inches further forward and he wouldn't have got up to run.

    4 hours and clear on the other side of the 50 acre wood lot I find a second, third and forth spot of blood.....tracking tracks in a pine thicket is a bear...but I tracked em all till I found more blood.....

    Another hour and a half after that I see the buck has made it across the property line. I'm sure he's dead, no way he'll make it with both lungs damaged. But, accessing others land ain't on the list of etiquette items to be ignored. Its okay to fart in an elevator, belch in your office cubby, even pee in your own back yard but ya don't go on another mans land without permission and I don't know who owns it.

    It was a good hunt and a good lesson, I shoulda stayed on the buck longer. I'm glad I got to hunt with Uncle Vic's rifle. I'll get some more practice with it and use it again.
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