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    Looking for 3rd Reich era k98

    I've been on gunbroker lately looking for a Nazi era k98 and I'm seeing prices from around $700 - $6000. All of them say they retain the the markings so I'm wondering if some manufacturers are more desirable or what? They all seem to be in good shape, just wondering if anyone is knowledgeable on these. Thanks in advance.

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    I'd check out k98kforum.com for that info. They know their stuff and are quick to respond. I lucked up and didn't know what I was buying when a friend wanted to sell guns he received from family. He sold me a war bring back BNZ 44. The BNZ's were built in the Styer factory I believe. Supposedly the regular army and SS were supplied with rifles from that factory. Not sure if mine is an SS rifle or not. The guys at k98k seemed to think so. It's a "bolt mismatch" (the rifle is numbers matching except for the bolt) though. They told me that this was common and I was lucky that it's not a russian capture or a rifle that a vet decided to modify into a hunting rifle when he got back home. Like I said, I was lucky, mine is in fantastic shape and shoots great.

    The DOU 45 seems to be a desirable rifle.

    Good luck with our search!! Post some pics when you find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo Sierra View Post
    I've been on gunbroker lately looking for a Nazi era k98 and I'm seeing prices from around $700 - $6000. All of them say they retain the the markings so I'm wondering if some manufacturers are more desirable or what? They all seem to be in good shape, just wondering if anyone is knowledgeable on these. Thanks in advance.

    In general....

    Rifles at the upper end of that price range are going to be matching collector grade pieces.

    Rifles less than $2k are not going to be matching. Be highly suspect if it is advertised as such and the price is below $2k.

    If you are looking for collector grade, expect the seller to provide 40-50 pictures showing every marking, including markings below the wood line. Expect the seller to prove the absence of a duffle cut. Look for original finish.

    Do not bid if the seller doesn’t have a picture of every surface, if looking for collector grade.

    Always, always pay with a credit card. I dispute charges on guns I buy if they show up and are not matching collector grade after being advertised as such.

    This area of gun buying is full of sellers who are liars. It is also full of sellers who are well meaning, but ignorant of every little detail that separates a $700 gun from a $4000 gun.

    Matching collector grade means:

    1. All serial numbers match.
    2. The rifle has never been rebuilt or refinished.
    3. The wood has never been sanded or repaired or refinished.

    Basically the rifle has never been modified after being built.
    Last edited by scottryan; Yesterday at 17:07.
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