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    In case anyone was wondering the premium that K98k’s are going for these days, Cabela’s in my hometown has this one jacked quite high. 7 or so years ago when I bought my first, I paid $850 for it. Either I got a really poor example or the pricing has skyrocketed. Or it is simply the fact that Cabela’s demands an arm and a leg!

    It was inside a display case and I was taking a very quick stroll through the gun library before dinner, and wanted to get these photos taken in a timely fashion.
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    I have only ever seen maybe 2-3 used rifles that are priced in line with the general market. However, I do think Cabelas prays on the ignorant/impatient who also pay $8+tax for a 20rd box of brass cased .223.

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    any specifics on the 98?
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    Meh, Cabela's is hit or miss on prices, some things in some locations are priced stupid high, some crazy low, you can cone across swinging deals. Their guys typically don't know much, or they have a narrow focus...I can tell you that sling is not right, although it could be some sort of WWI sling...can't tell from the pic...but its not a 98k sling...

    It better be a really great code/year and 100% matched for that kind of price...

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    Yeah, the price "might" be ballpark, depends on the rarity and quality.

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    Agree their prices usually command an arm and a leg for used stuff. I would definitely cruise the LGS for a much better deal.

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    I can see it's probably a depot rework, so its overpriced by at least half if the gun matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyman1903 View Post
    any specifics on the 98?
    Not really that I could see other than the stock features, length, etc indicate it as definitely being a K98k. Cabela’s is crazy ambiguous with their tags. This is a Mauser 98, but, so is the rifle two cases down in a glossy Monte Carlo stock with a Leupold optic setup chambered in .30-06. Which technically isn’t wrong, but it would help if they described the items a bit more specifically.

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    Default Cabelas is hit or miss, lately MISS!

    6 years ago, the Cabelas in Glendale, AZ had some interesting rifles. I found this one on the rack and never put it back down.

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    It's in a rough period replacement stock, but 100% matching.

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    I put this one on layaway at the same time, and picked it up a week later. IIRC it was priced at $199.

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    This is the same store where I bought an RC K98k "dou 42" for $299 in a rack of Mitchell's Mausers all priced at $599.

    It's also where my Finn marked 7,35mm Carcano with original stock disc came from, also for $199. As far as I know, it's one of 3 known examples with a stock disc. Vic owns one, and the other is in a museum in Helsinki Finland (per Vic).

    There are several other examples with the stock cutout, but no brass disc.

    The last few years have been horrible for the same store, all they've got now are TERRIBLY rusted and pitted M91/30's for $379 and up. Active rust, some of the bolts appear fused shut.

    I haven't been back to the store since I moved north 3 years ago.

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    I have also pulled some screaming seals out of Cabela's.

    Matching except mag 1916 Erfurt P08
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    Latest, although not C&R were a Sig Model 556 and a Marlin .45acp Camp Carbine, which was priced at 9mm carbine price. Looks unfired and still had the Marlin marked magazine.
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    "By now the fighting will be close at hand. There's a gun and ammunition, tucked in by the doorway, use it only in emergency". Looks like those days have arrived.

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    Likely a case of an employee pricing things by going online and seeing other K98K rifles selling for $3000 and assuming because the condition is as nice that it too is worth that. See it all the time in gun stores.. When in doubt, price high. :/

    I've heard of some great deals being found at Cabelas, but in the 20 or so times I've been in one, I've never seen it. Nothing but high retail. The one in Greenville SC has about 5 or 6 Swiss K11s right now, all $899 as of a few weeks ago. One thing to keep in mind before getting upset is that going to cabelas is like going to a walmarts car service center.. The employees are hired simply because they have a pulse and are able to speak, there may be a few people that know what they are doing, but rarely any fellow collectors like ourselves. Then they have to pay for their huge air conditioned stores and 5000000 employees they have in them. It's no shocker that their prices are sky high.

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    Sometimes I think Cabela's robs the local morgue for gun counter help.

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    Iíve also pulled a few deals out of Cabelas over the years:
    National Match Presentation 1903 Springfield $1500
    Matching CG Haenel Kar88 $650
    Non Refurb 1954 Tula SKS $550
    Spanish Contract Argentine 1891 $350.
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    My best score was a SVT38 marked as an SVT40 for a grand.
    The same store at the same time wanted $400 for low grade Turks..and $300 for 91/30's...go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasdev View Post
    My best score was a SVT38 marked as an SVT40 for a grand.
    The same store at the same time wanted $400 for low grade Turks..and $300 for 91/30's...go figure.
    Was this within the past year or two? My LGS currently has a couple of Turks in what the salesman and myself both deemed decent condition for $249. Those are rifles that at least to me haven’t been hijacked by popularity prices. Granted, I haven’t been in the game that long, some of you guys might laugh at $249! I’ve heard they went for a lot less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBelarussian View Post
    Was this within the past year or two? My LGS currently has a couple of Turks in what the salesman and myself both deemed decent condition for $249. Those are rifles that at least to me haven’t been hijacked by popularity prices. Granted, I haven’t been in the game that long, some of you guys might laugh at $249! I’ve heard they went for a lot less.

    They used to be $79 all day long when I started collecting in the late 1990's. When I was searching for rebuilt Gew98's with partially intact German markings, I'd buy up to 5 at a time - the firearms manager at my local hardware store used to let me go through the entire inventory when they'd get in a new shipment of surplus rifles... I sure do miss those days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBelarussian View Post
    Was this within the past year or two? My LGS currently has a couple of Turks in what the salesman and myself both deemed decent condition for $249. Those are rifles that at least to me haven’t been hijacked by popularity prices. Granted, I haven’t been in the game that long, some of you guys might laugh at $249! I’ve heard they went for a lot less.
    Sounds like a pretty cool guy! A store here in West Michigan kind of facilitated this for Mosin Nagants when they had the boom happened a few years ago. They brought the crates out to the store’s sales floor and let people rummage through the crates. I wish these days were not gone.

    They used to be $79 all day long when I started collecting in the late 1990's. When I was searching for rebuilt Gew98's with partially intact German markings, I'd buy up to 5 at a time - the firearms manager at my local hardware store used to let me go through the entire inventory when they'd get in a new shipment of surplus rifles... I sure do miss those days!

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    One thing to remember about Cabelas, the used stuff is in the Gun Library. There will also be a mix of new stuff that has been on the shelf for a long time (Century AKSs for one), Surplus rifles bought from big wholesellers, which is where the current crop of Swiss rifles, junky 91/30s and Yugo sporter mausers are coming from, purchases from their gun buyers that travel around and used guns brought in by locals. By far the best deals will be the ones from local folks selling to the store.
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    "By now the fighting will be close at hand. There's a gun and ammunition, tucked in by the doorway, use it only in emergency". Looks like those days have arrived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal O'Peridol View Post
    I have also pulled some screaming seals out of Cabela's.
    Surprised no one noticed! HA

    I've got a couple good deals from cabelas, but generally all they have tends to be super overpriced

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    Before they went public it was a very different place, I worked at the one in KC for about two years including before the tile was on the floor. It really went down hill after Dick and Jim sold the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherokee_140 View Post
    Before they went public it was a very different place, I worked at the one in KC for about two years including before the tile was on the floor. It really went down hill after Dick and Jim sold the place.
    I sort of know where you’re coming from. I picked up a Mosin-Nagant that i posted about recently from one near me, and I was disappointed that they got rid of their layaway policy, and on top of that wouldn’t hold the rifle in question, not even for a 24 hour period, which in my retail experience is a standard for any item, anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser9 View Post
    Agree their prices usually command an arm and a leg for used stuff. I would definitely cruise the LGS for a much better deal.
    very nice

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    NO EXPERT. The sling looks like an Israeli sling from where I'm sitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBelarussian View Post
    I sort of know where you’re coming from. I picked up a Mosin-Nagant that i posted about recently from one near me, and I was disappointed that they got rid of their layaway policy, and on top of that wouldn’t hold the rifle in question, not even for a 24 hour period, which in my retail experience is a standard for any item, anywhere.
    They (BassPro) did that to coerce you into getting their credit card.
    "Is there something up your butt? 'Cause that's dirty and now I gotta touch it."


    "By now the fighting will be close at hand. There's a gun and ammunition, tucked in by the doorway, use it only in emergency". Looks like those days have arrived.

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    I suppose the thing that impresses me, not exactly the price, but as noted above, the otherwise associated information "deficit". A poor marketing strategy where the customer has to go, hat in hand, seeking information on pricey merchandise. Bit rude and nobody I'd feel a need to do business with! Of course, also for the life of me, viewing larger ticket guns in the big Internet auction houses, often the same. A few dark photos; not hacking it re the gun or the seller! More suggesting red flags & alarm bells than tending to write off as 'go figure'!

    Perhaps practicing the 'rites of grumpy old man'; but not feeling so 'needy' as to be kissing any anatomy for the privilege of simply doing business with them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBelarussian View Post
    I sort of know where you’re coming from. I picked up a Mosin-Nagant that i posted about recently from one near me, and I was disappointed that they got rid of their layaway policy, and on top of that wouldn’t hold the rifle in question, not even for a 24 hour period, which in my retail experience is a standard for any item, anywhere.
    not sure where you are , but our local Cabelas will do a 5 day hold on any firearm in the library
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfarb View Post
    I can see it's probably a depot rework, so its overpriced by at least half if the gun matches.
    how can you tell that?! Please

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    Also, what are the markings between the Wa and the serial number on the floor plate?

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    Hey there good people, I was in my local Cabela’s yesterday picking up some reloading supplies. They had the K98k in question on this thread out in the gun library and I managed to snap some quick photos. Enjoy! Looks like a BSW ‘38, matching stock and barrel bands, bolt, etc. Floor plate looks forced...I apologize in advance for the dim light in the gun library.
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    Have you noticed their recent website redesign makes it a real pain to try and look at stuff?

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    What are these numbers for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by parkerswede View Post
    Have you noticed their recent website redesign makes it a real pain to try and look at stuff?
    It’s the all new Bass Pro awesomeness they’re promoting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8mm_mauser View Post
    What are these numbers for?
    I’m out of my league on that one, I’ll not claim to be well versed in K98k markings and numbers. I’m hoping someone jumps in and lets us know.

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    Barrel maker code and barrel lot numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBelarussian View Post
    I’m out of my league on that one, I’ll not claim to be well versed in K98k markings and numbers. I’m hoping someone jumps in and lets us know.
    BSW is a hard code to find. But from the pictures it seems like the floor plate has been replaced/restamped to match. I think at $3100 they are at extremely high/pass me whatever you're smoking territory. If everything else matches/is correct on the rifle then it would still be quite valuable.. unsure about 3100+ tax though!
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    It’s a depot rebuild which is why its sat there 6 months. It’s worth half what they’re asking. It was also transferred from a different cabelas in Texas, showed up here and someone didn’t complete the deal (smartly)
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    Thanks for clearing it up Bigdibbs. Actually being at Cabelas I'm surprised they weren't asking more like $5000 for it. LOL

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    My best score at a Cabellas was a Sedgley Springfield for $259

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser9 View Post
    Barrel maker code and barrel lot numbers.
    thank you

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    Not a k98k but a few years ago I was in cabelas in Mitchell SD and I ran across this type 38 Arisaka with an intact mum. It had been sporterized, but looked to be in good condition otherwise. Wish the mum was still intact on my type 38
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