Not sure. I'm not an expert at Mauser values, but a quick look on gunbroker shows that the OP sold the rifle in this thread for $399 at auction. There is another scrubbed Pole around $400 as well.indy1919a4 wrote: ↑Thu May 21, 2020 8:33 amOne of these days someone is going to explain to me the full meaning of which guns are collectible and which is not. I see alot of people collecting ones just like this, any happy to do so.. I hear people at shows telling me this type is not collectible, while at the table next to him I see people engaged in Fisticuffs and throwing money at the owner to own them.
A non-scrubbed (original) Pole with a duffle cut and rust is at about $750 right now, reserve not met. IMO OP's rifle is in far better condition.
A non-scrubbed, non-messed with stock with decent metal would likely go for 3x+ what OP's did.
Nothing wrong with that. The cheaper scrubbed Mauser is a much easier sale.
If you think of the entire market looking for a Mauser right now, a small slice of the pie would be hardcore collectors, the rest split between casual collectors and shooters. A scrubbed Mauser appeals to 90% of the market. Its a Shooter for sure, and its somewhat collectible as all mausers are nowadays. Its not like they're making more of them.
When I worked gunshows back in NY many years ago, the "milsurp guys" in the circuit would move the cheaper ones fast (Turks, Yugo's, even RC's) but the high-dollar ones would still be there at the next show, and the one after that, and the one after that....just waiting for the right buyer.
Scrubbed Mausers and "Cheap Mausers" are my favorite kinds of Mausers. I have several Yugo's because they're the most affordable ones at the moment. And I don't feel bad shooting corrosive sh!t ammo through them. I'd probably feel a little different about a Minty K98K