K31 worth the money?


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Dr.Mall Ninja
December 12, 2009, 01:38 AM
I have been really thinking about getting a Yugo Mauser but I have been reading about the k31 rifles, and they cost about 3 times a much, are they worth it?

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MachIVshooter
December 12, 2009, 01:44 AM
either the mausers you're finding are really cheap, or the K31 is really expensive. K-31's are usually about $300 these days

Dr.Mall Ninja
December 12, 2009, 01:51 AM
your right, i just double checked. JG has mausers for 179 and k31s for 319

Maverick223
December 12, 2009, 02:15 AM
The K31 is a very unique, well built, fairly inexpensive, accurate rifle with very little history. They are great rifles, and are generally in pretty good condition (stocks may be beat a little, but clean up nicely), I'd buy a K31 long before a Yugo (not that they are bad guns, just not the same caliber :D as the K31 IMO).

:)

skidooman603
December 12, 2009, 04:12 AM
$319 is a little upper end for a K-31 but as mentioned, a wonderful gun. The rifle is worth that if its in nice shape and the cost of the K-31 is only goin one way.

rogertc1
December 12, 2009, 05:55 AM
JG has mausers for 179 however you are at the luck of the draw. You may get a POS. As for the K31's check here. They are a collectors item. From $225 all the way to over $5000. Here at web site:
http://www.simpsonltd.com/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&keywords=swiss+k-31&osCsid=cf23f448b4ab6a9f92b9b565da8c894d&x=6&y=7

madcratebuilder
December 12, 2009, 07:29 AM
The price on K31's is going up, but if you beat the brush you can still find them for $200, used to be $75. Most well have the butt stock chewed up from the ice cleats on their boots, kicking the rifle out of the snow after stacking. Most well shoot close to moa. Older rifles have Walnut stocks, newer have beech. Don't let the beat up wood put you off, the rest of the rifle is usually pristine.

This Walnut stocked rifle cost $220 this fall.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/k3102.jpg

I just bought this Beech stocked rifle for $299, it has $80 worth of extras. There are some very nice ones on Gunbroker right now. A pristine civilian model for 4k.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/pix1050759125.jpg

The Swiss have been building the K31 since 1934, around 1950 they improved the steel that the receiver is manufactured from. The rifles are very well made, the receiver has a pillar like mounting system that uses shims to control the barrel float. These generally shoot moa with G11 surplus ammo.

Every Swiss male serves in the Army and they keep the same issued rifle until they are discharged from reserve duty, usually at age 50+. So these rifles have spent many years with the same user, most well have a ID tag under the butt plate with the name, address and unit of the owner. The Swiss have one of the lowest crime rates on the planet, every one is armed.

EMC45
December 12, 2009, 09:50 AM
Swiss K31s are quite nice! I have one I got a couple years back for $125. It has the soldier tag and is about 95-98%. All #s match including the stock and fore end. It shoots quite nicely! Almost sold it a year back like an idiot! Maybe I'll wait till they climb a little more in price......

Brimic
December 12, 2009, 10:26 AM
K-31 or yugo mauser?

K-31 without a second guess.

I've had 2 yugo mausers and never have been all that impressed with them, their quality and workmanship is at the bottom end of the range of mauser clones.

I do have 1/2 dozen K-31s + another that I sold to a friend a few years back. Paid anywhere from $60-100 for each. They are at the very upper end of quality and workmanship as far as military rifles go (their better made than any commercial rifle under $700 today as far as I'm concerned). If I didn't have several already, I'd pay $300 in a heartbeat for one.

Of the K-31s that I have, this is the one I brag upon the most, mainly because I got in a 'cracked stock' special for $59 delivered (I love telling people at the range that my $59 rifle shoots better than theirs :D ). There aren't any cracks, just a few gouges in the stock. I added an Accumount scope mount, a Leupold VXII scope with Burris rings.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v635/brimic/DSC00028.jpg

For another $100 on top of that, you could still find Swiss 1911 or 96/11 rifles, you really don't find better rifles than those.;)

jdowney
December 12, 2009, 02:22 PM
I think they're worth the money, but watch out for refinished guns if that matters to you. Seems like a lot of guys who should know better see nothing wrong with "improving" the finish on their rifle. Nothing wrong with that really, its their property, but it becomes a problem when they sell it and do not disclose the "improvement". Could be it won't affect the long run value, but in general it does.

The refinished gun I got burned on is still such a sweet shooter that I shoot it more than my P series gun.

JimmAr
December 12, 2009, 02:24 PM
Aside from the finnish mosin's im relatively sure that the k31 is up there in most accurate rifle of the era.. or close to it..

SlamFire1
December 12, 2009, 02:37 PM
Few service rifles have the fine machine work to be found on a K31. I have several pre WWII Mausers, which are equivalent. Commie Yugo mausers, though functional, are rough. (Original M1924 Yugos are very well made, Commie rifles are rough)

Few off the shelf service rifles are as accurate as these K31’s. They are not target rifles. But they shoot well. Every Yugo Mauser I owned required bedding and trigger work. My K31’s, one needed a taller front sight. Other than that, they were ready to go.

I remember paying $350.00 for a K31, and was glad to pay it. K31’s were rare, and they are starting to dry up. I predict prices will continue to rise. No one is ever going to produce these rifles again, the action is just too complicated and expensive to make.

The Mauser 98 action is a superior design. The Schmidt Rubin is an interesting design, and one that only the Swiss would put the time and effort making.

A straight pull action is fun to play with. I am not convinced it is the best for a military action, but for non military use, it works fine.

I consider the 7.5 Swiss as an outstanding design, it was one of the earliest smokeless jacketed rounds. I shoot 174 grain bullets at 2550 fps in mine, that is as good as a 308. No animal is going to tell the difference.

The 8mm Mauser is an excellent cartridge, kicks hard in a steel buttplated rifle

If you just want a rifle that goes bang, either rifle is fine.

Keb
December 12, 2009, 07:56 PM
K31


Think Sig

Think Hammerli

Know it was inspected every year.

Think $3,000 today to mfg.

Dr.Mall Ninja
December 12, 2009, 08:53 PM
Alright alright this looks like this is a rifle i need to get, and i will =D

madcratebuilder
December 13, 2009, 08:16 AM
(I love telling people at the range that my $59 rifle shoots better than theirs ).

Some days that's the best part of going to the range. Pulling out an old K31 or Enfield and produce smaller groups than the guys with 800 dollar rifles and 1000 dollar scopes.

jd46561
December 13, 2009, 05:03 PM
Yes . well worth the money .Get one. (K31)

WhoKnowsWho
December 13, 2009, 06:16 PM
I just hugged my K31 since I bought it for $79 back in the day. They are nice rifles. I should have bought two or three.

How's the ammo looking on these recently? I haven't checked in a while.

coyotewillie
December 13, 2009, 09:45 PM
I hate threads like this!! After reading this, I kick myself for passing up a NICE 96/11 with a serial matching bayo for $350 at a local gunshow today. If the dealer could have taken plastic I'd have come home with it. Now I have to decide which one of my 3 K31's to sell for some cash to afford it. Of course the obvious thing to do would be to sell my mauser!! Greg

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