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I'm looking for help in getting a set of replacement sights for my K98. I'm having a hard time with the original triangle front sight and rear "v." I don't want to alter the rifle, but I want something I can see better and hopefully hit with. I looked at the MOJO website and their sight look like they would work, however, they don't recomend them for low light. Anyone have any ideas. Thanks. Mark
 
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Marble used to make a bead front sight that fit the original Mauser dovetail. Brownells should carry them.



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Thanks for the information. Would I be correct in assuming that the K98 has a dovetail that is different than most standard front sight dovetails? Also, would in make sense to buy a bead front sight and file the rear into a shallow 'V'; or buy a square front sight post and file the rear sight into a square notch? Or is that a bad idea to alter the original rear sight?
 
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If you put a square on the front, you should put a U notch for the rear.

But my suggestion is put a round bead on the front and keep the V Rear sight.

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Mark K: Would I be correct in assuming that the K98 has a dovetail that is different than most standard front sight dovetails?
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I appear to be having a hard time locating a sight for the K98. I have located some sights that say they are for the 96, which I believe is the small ring mauser. Does anyone know if the 96 sights will fit the 98? Thanks
 
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Look on page 254, Brownell's catalog 63. And there's some original military Mauser front sight blades on ebay.


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I believe the 96 and 98 uses the same dovetail. If your rifle is matching or or don't want to ruin the one on it you might also get another rear sight leaf so you can alter the notch.

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mark,
i have several of the old marbles mauser front sights.they are no longer in production & getting very hard to find.
i also have some that fit the enfield dovtail that are easily modified to fit the mauser dovetail. the enfield dovetail is just a tiny bit bigger.
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You can use a small round "jewelers" file to carefully file that rear V notch into a U.



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I thought I had the proper sight but the one I have is too long to look right on the military ramp.

Here is where you can get a "Firesight", a fiber optic front bead sight. They work great in low light.

I had one fitted to a mauser. The (male) dovetail is standard 3/8". I enlarged the (female) dovetail on the GI ramp, but you could also reduce the (male) dovetail on the bead itself to fit the GI female dovetail on your rifle.

GO HERE, scroll down to the ".22, muzzleloader" sights. they are the short length type you will want.

Part #59083 is 3/8" high as measured from the base of the dovetail, just a bit high, about .075" once it is fitted to the smaller dovetail on the GI ramp,

That will lower the POI about 13" @ 100yds. W/good reloads, it will be about right. It was nearly perfect W/the 180gr Nosler BT @ 2800 fps reloads I was shooting in my rifle. You can just move the rear leaf to somewhere around the 300 meter setting if your GI sights shoot to a true POA. (mine didn't)



EDIT: If you decide to go this route, the sight hieghts I quoted are for a K98 Oberndorf Mauser circa '38-'40 that has a band type ramp. Your sights may be higher. I have a junk take off barrel (VZ 24?) that has a front sight leaf (bandless ramp) that is about the same hieght as the .375 Willimas sight.

The Williams sights are measured from the botton of the dovetail. The leaf itself will be about .175" less.(.375" = .200", .410" = .235", etc)

Measure your front bead from the top of the ramp to the top of the bead. To get a Williams sight the same hieght get a bead that is spec'ed @ least .175" higher.


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I ended up getting a Marble's ivory bead front sight from dirtyjim. It fit like a charm and was the perfect height. I did not have to change the rear sight. It made the front sight a whole lot easier to find in lower light. Thanks to everyone for your help. Mark
 
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Get an extra rear sight leaf and a Swedish Mauser front sight blade off Ebay, Numrich or SARCO. File a U-notch in the leaf it as described. Adjust the height of the front sight with a file to regulate your load.
 
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