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K98 Yugo 8mm Importer collector value
About every game rifle I own is a Mauser sporter, so I value Mausers highly. I'm not a collector, nor a Bubba butchering collectibles, but I need advice so that I don't restock and drill/tap a gun of more value to someone else the way it is. I have an 8mm Mauser, with what appears to be the original barrel stamped K98 Yugo with importer marks from a company in St. Albans, VT. All the metal and wood parts that appear to have a serial number match. The bluing is excellent, the gun shoots about 1-1/2" groups at 100 yds seated at a bench. The stock and forearm appear to match , but finish is really rough, wide open grain, lots of dings and handling marks, looks like armory-done 2 dowel repair on crack between the receiver and the pistol grip. Compared to what seems to be out there from Mitchell, etc. recently, it's a dog, and I assume the importer marks lessen its value to a collector. The cartouche on the 1-3/8" ring is clear. The c/c distance on the guard screws is 7-5/8". My choices are find it a home with some milsurp shooter/collector, or restock it and add aperture sights, eventually scope as my 53-yearold eyes are aging fast. Guidance or suggestions from anyone out there before I change this thing?