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Question by Damon619. Uploaded on October 27, 2009
Check prices on gunbroker.com. M98s go in the range of $250-$800 depending on condition, etc. If you are looking for a collector's grade military rifle, prices can be thousands depending on when it was made... it has been manufactured for over 100 years so a NEW one from the late 1800's might be pricy. You will also see some mighty fine custom jobs on the M98 action that could cost thousands too but are generally under $1,000.
Got to www.mauser.org
That's the hq for Mitchell's Mausers. They have the whole range of types (and prices). Like DakotaMan says, the prices go from reasonable to "ouch".
8x57J is a nice plinking round, but that steel butt-plate can hurt after a while.
I applaud your choice. A military Model 98 Mauser in good condition is an excellent utility rifle. If there are any shops in your area that sell used rifles, it might be worth patiently window-shopping. SAMCO Global may have something interesting and affordable. Mitchell's Mausers looks like a fine resource, and $200-400 isn't too much to ask but, if you shop carefully, you may find one that's a fine value.
You can leave it in its military stock (7x57mm, 8x57mm, 7.65x53mm, etc) and use it as a utility rifle, more powerful that a .30-30, or you can adopt the expense of "sporterizing" or customizing it. In my opinion, you can pour so much money into customization that it becomes a questionably expensive choice and it's probably better to purchase a fine factory rifle, but you can't ask for a better foundation for a hunting rifle than the M98 action. Solid as a rock, built to last. Best of luck in your quest!
Well, I got a canadian pricing for a new Mauser M03 wooden basic model and it was 3000$ (approx the same in US dollars as of today's exchange rate; April 2010). So, my guess is that a new M98 will go for about the same price. As for the suggestion made by Jeff4066 to look on Mitchell's Mauser web site... I'm not too sure! What they are selling are replicas. A quick look at the REAL Mauser's web site will convince you rather quickly that the quality isn't the same (just look at the wood)! Also, the supposedly SS or Nazy imprints on the guns they sell are looking utterlly fishy to me! Surf the net, you'll see some real imprints. Oh, one more thing, the serials numbers have to match on every pieces of the mechanism, otherwise it's either a fake or a rebuilt gun from different steel pieces. I say a real M98 is a timeless heirloom, get the real thing or go for another gun if you don't want to put the money. I suppose that due to the bigger US market for guns, you may get one for around 2000$ ? I envy you if you do !!
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