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I've run across a Sporterized 8mm Mauser. Non German. Described as a "7 out of 10" rifle. That's all I know about it. I haven't seen it yet, I was told to make an offer. I hate to lowball this guy as I do some business with with him,.. but I have no idea what a solid and fair offer would be. I know shit all about Mausers.
So, what's a good ball park value to start negotiations?
Make sure you check the bore, and rifling, if its shinny not to much to worry about, also make sure there is no pitting on the inside of the bore and outside of the barrel. Also depends on how its been "sporterized" was it bubba'd I.E. they left the orginal furniture on it, then cut it down to look like a "hunting rifle"
Any markings,stamps, or proof marks? As well as check the serial numbers, are they all matching from the trigger guard to the chamber, to the bore, to the barrel. Matching serial numbers are a good thing, and you can look up the proof marks easy enough on the net. But they wont affect the weapon value much having been sporterized.
Also it really depends on if any of that matters to you in this case. I paid little under 300 for a Sporterized 8mm Mauser, 1942, with matching serial numbers that had been removed from its orginal furniture and placed in a custom stock. But I also received over 500 Rounds of 8mm soft nose rounds in the deal.
If the condition of the barrel/rifling/chamber are in good repair and the way its been sportized wasnt butchered I'd start at 150 Dollars, I would not go over 250 to 300 Dollars depending on those details as you can find orginal Mausers in pretty good shape in a lot of cases from 300 to 500 dollars that aren't sporterized.
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