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Fair K31 price?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hooty, May 3, 2012.

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  1. hooty

    hooty Member

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    I am wondering what the fair market price is for a K31 rifle would be? Here in southern michigan you rarely see these type of rifles but I am very interested in obtaining one in original condition. Sporterized anything makes me ill as the history of the piece has been lost forever! The lateset and greatest isn't always the best. Thanks to everyone ahead of time for any help with this.
     
  2. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    I'd say anywhere from $350-500.
     
  3. mm1ut1

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    You can get a nice K31 for well under $300.00 if you look a bit. Gunboards.com is a great place for finding milsurps. Be advised Swiss ammo can be a bit pricey, but every Swiss rifle I've shot has been an excellent shooter. K31s and Swedish Mausers dominate the vintage military matches at Perry.
     
  4. Beak50

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    I'd say MoisnFreak has the right numbers.I brought one in December on Gun Broker.Since then I've been paying alot of attention to that type of rifle.I finally got out of the hospital to shoot mine.It's my favorite rifle,accurate,with no noticeable recoil to me.I want to post the target but don't know how to.
     
  5. barnbwt

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    I picked up two (a walnut and a beech) a couple weeks ago for 625$ 350-400 should get you a model with fairly nice wood, and less noticeable water damage.

    TCB
     
  6. valnar

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    I bought two in the last 6 months, at different times.

    Both were around $350-400. In stellar condition, I'd say some would go for more than $600 and be quite worth it even at that price.

    My two favorite surplus guns as well.
     
  7. sarge83

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    Last yr. I paid $300 or a really nice one. I hadn't seen one in my parts for over 5 yrs. and the gentleman at the gun/pawn had squirreled this one away for me until I came by. I would say the $350 range is correct.
     
  8. hooty

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    I seems that you all are in agreement on this and I will check the couple of sites mentioned here to see what I can find. Thank you all very much for the input as accurate info is hard to come by these days!!!!! God Bless gun owners
     
  9. newfalguy101

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    Very welcome, and God Bless Us ALL!
     
  11. Bushpilot

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    I would think about 200-250 would be about right for one in good condition. I paid 150 for mine about 10 years ago and while prices have gone up I don't think they have gone up very much on these. I think this is mostly because, while the ammo is obtainable, it isn't exactly cheap or common. Plus, while they are really high quality guns, I think they are more of an "acquired" taste.
     
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    Like any of these old guns, consider the reloading option. Not to save money per se, but the convenience of rolling your own. You can always have shells on hand whenever you want to exercise that rifle.
    I seem to recall paying around 150 for mine about 10 years ago also, before the Swiss craze took off.
     
  13. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Realistically, expect to pay in the $350-500 ball-park. Believe you me, they're worth far more IMHO.
     
  14. Bushpilot

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    Maybe their popularity has risen more then I'm aware since I don't read the periodicals as much as I used to. However, few people around here seem to be inquiring about them or their ammo. I do know that in our area a $500 K31 would sit on the shelf for a very long time especially when a customer can buy a nice M48 for a little over half that and not deal with the ammo issues. Heck, you can buy a nice M96 for less than that.
     
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    Back in 2005 I was told I paid too much because I paid more than $100 for my like new one, how times change......
     
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    FWIW, in my K31 relatively inexpensive Prvi Partisan 7.5x55 Swiss ammo gives me groups quite closely comparable to the surplus GP11 rounds. Plus, the cases are of very good quality and reloadable. IIRC, Graf's had some Hornady-made 7.5x55 ammo and cases not long ago.
     
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    I also recall paying about 180 for mine about 10 years ago. That price included the background check ( roughly at 4.5 percent everything doubles after 11 years)
    My rifle is accurate. Ammo, made by RUAG, is target grade and reloadable. Bores usually good as the Swiss went to non-mercuric primers and smokeless powder early. If you reload, make sure that you seat the primers well.
     
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    I have 3 and just inherited a 4th ... lovely guns, never seen one with a less than excellent bore. I started with a bunch of commercial Prvi and then reload the cases.
    If anyone is interested, I'd part with the latest acquisition - - I think it's walnut, serial is 700,000+ so about a 1944. PM if interested.
    /Bryan
     
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    PM sent
     
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    THIS!

    The prices I see in this thread are amazing. After buying my first K31 several years ago I ended up with several more.

    K31trio01.jpg

    I just found two K's I forgot I had. Alzheimer's! One has a nice Beech stock one it. Looks like I have a project for a few days with a refinish.
     
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    Spectacular guns. I would like to pick up another if I can land a deal.
     
  23. Mikee Loxxer

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    Even at $500 it would be worth it. I've paid as little as $150 and as much as $350. The quality and they way they shoot makes them worth it. Other milsurp rifles with the possible exception of the 6.5 X 55 Swedish Mauser simply pale in comparison.
     
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    Over the years I've owned 8 - 10 of these. Up until last week I was down to three, but I bought another (walnut) on this forum. For an unmolested (not drilled and tapped, electro-penciled, carved stock, etc.) example, expect to pay realistically no less than $250...if you're lucky...more for a walnut stock. Like someone already said, watch the classifieds here and on other forums.
    I bought another simply because the prices of these rifles will someday go through the roof, mark my words. In addition to the incredible workmanship I think most people don't realize just how few of these rifles were produced. While most military rifles production number run in the millions, some even in the tens-of-millions, Swiss rifles had relatively low production numbers: K11- 133,000; K11 Carbine- 184,000~; K31- 582,000.

    35W
     
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