What I had in mind is the negotiation aspect was somewhat implied. $120 is certainly pricy, but he could no doubt get that down a little. I have usually been willing to pay a decent bit extra to complete an already matching rifle. Maybe that's just me though...This response is a surprise to me. The seller need not know it is matching. Make an offer. If you are a good talker you might figure out his phone number from his listing info. If you are nervous, compose a thoughtful message with an offer. Since you got no guidance just wing it. Say $60? Assume best case he will come back with a counter so leave some room. Either way, I see this as a classic example where a little negotiation should be attempted. Look at the shipping. if is is more than $10, subtract the difference from any figure you toss out. (Edit, dont complain about shipping, just look at it)
Not only did you not get any help. You risk the seller reading this post. No matter, work it as best you can.
Liberty Tree has them for $30. Originals. I doubt they will search the numbers, but; you can ask. It set a good basis to negotiate from. That is for you to know. I dont know if you should point that out to the seller. Maybe have a friend contact him with a $40 offer and a link to Liberty Tree. Then you come back next week with your $60.
Liberty Tree are people like anyone else. Dont take that wrong: Great sellers. Busy I am sure. If they decline to search the numbers, offer them $60.
I really hate to let myself get cheated just to add to my collection. It is principle as much as anything else.
I would think that a true "K98 nut" would know that a K98 is a Polish rifle and that what they are a nut about are German K98k rifles.I have a 'G' dated rifle that is all matching except the action screws. It has been reworked, but other than the screws is all matching. I found a correctly numbered/waffenamt'd rod for it several years ago and paid $110 for it. I would do so again in a heartbeat. If it's a rifle you plan on keeping I would buy it. If not, or you're not a K98 nut, then let it slide. Like has been posted, there are a couple of factors involved in making it completely correct. Not sure if Sauer was proofing the rods while numbering them at that point. If it is completely correct, buy it. You'll never see another one. View attachment 3811485
I formally requested that be corrected some time ago but it was never changed from The Gunboards K98 Mauser Forum to The Gunboards K98k Mauser Forum.I get what your saying but even this forum is titled K98