Interesting side note: Gustloff manufacturer had satelite arms production at Buchenwald (Gustloff-Werke II). This SS-supervised camp assembled bcd coded G.43s. They also had some association with V-2 production. Darrin Weaver's book (Hitler's Garand) has a discussion about Buchenwald and K98s are mentioned in passing. The factory (located outside the walls of Buchenwald proper) was destroyed by the RAF in Aug '44 by precision bombing.
Now that is a beautiful piece of kit. About 15 years ago I had a nice 1941 BRNO K98 with the original blued finish (parkerizing started in 1942). One of those firearms that I regret selling. What powder are you using to reload for it? I had great luck with W748, I was getting 3 rd groups of 7/8" at 100 yards.
Im not much for reloading Garand. I have a bit of 8mm around here. I had purchased a couple cases of Romainian 8mm 154gr FMJ and I also use some czech made military stuff. I also buy turk 8mm in bulk. If i need reloading i know a retired guy that will do it for cheap. I buy my .38 & .357 reloads off him at the range.