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Edit: more pictures added in later post.

I found a 98K with a ZF41 at a local Cabelas of all places. I took some pictures but I'll be returning to take further more detailed pictures with a real camera. I'm not set on making an offer but I'm very interested but also aware I have little knowledge on the K98, let alone the ZF41 optic.

Attached are the first round of pictures I took. What should I zero in on for the return trip? It's my understanding that dou. did not equip the ZF41 onto these rifles from the factory but it could have been done by a field armorer. Any advice is very welcome. Also does anyone have a ballpark value on this? Some of you may recognize the pictures from a Mauser facebook where I posted these over the weekend.

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Interesting, I'm wondering if I just answered my own question... The serial number on the scope is 97368 and that appears to fall into the range of reproduction scopes despite its worn appearance.
 

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No good. dou never made ZF41 snipers
That's what I'm seeing as well. But my big question what kind of value is associated with a dou 44 rifle with ZF41 rail, authentic mount, and authentic scope if that ends up being what this is.

Also, I'm going to try and remove the scope and mount from the rifle to photograph/look at the mount and rail. Can anyone tell me how to do that? I saw a Forgotten Weapons/InRangeTV video where they were able to quickly remove it but it was unclear how exactly they did that. Thanks.
 

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Forget for now about real or reproduction, how much were they asking?
If it's cheap enough, buy the darn thing and sort it out later.
Being Cabelas, they probably want 2K..
 

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Forget for now about real or reproduction, how much were they asking?
If it's cheap enough, buy the darn thing and sort it out later.
Being Cabelas, they probably want 2K..
$2,599.00 lol. They also have a standard run of the mill Soviet refurbished SVT-40 for $2100.

I've scored at this store before though, got a Tikka M91 for $200 last fall. They were asking $400 for a regular refurb 91/30 right next to it.
 

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I know, they can be "off", I stole a SVT38 a few years ago..
But I mostly see $300/$400 rifles offered at $700, that is until I gave up and quit going in the store..
Methinks they are smokin crack on that ZF..
 

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That's what I'm seeing as well. But my big question what kind of value is associated with a dou 44 rifle with ZF41 rail, authentic mount, and authentic scope if that ends up being what this is.

Also, I'm going to try and remove the scope and mount from the rifle to photograph/look at the mount and rail. Can anyone tell me how to do that? I saw a Forgotten Weapons/InRangeTV video where they were able to quickly remove it but it was unclear how exactly they did that. Thanks.
This rifle does have some value as a shooter. But $2500 is way too much. I think the value would be closer to $1300 or so. I would need to see better pictures of the scope mount and scope base to determine if they are real. Hope this helps.
 

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How would I go about removing the mount to inspect the base? Loosen the large screw and slide rearward seems the logical way, anything else tricky with this?
No need to remove any screws. The ZF41 is a quick detach like all other German snipers. There should be a button/release lever on the front end of the mount that you press while pulling the scope mount back and it will slide right off.
 

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Checked it out again this evening. Beveled rollers, grooved base, none of the rifle matches, not even the front band or the buttplate. Follower wasn't serialized. Stamped floorplate. Bore looks extremely good, optic is clear as well. No markings whatsoever. I'll post pictures tomorrow... The mount definitely looked real, had quite a bit of wear on it including some significant pitting but this as with anything else can be faked. The screws on the scope rings definitely look like they've been messed with recently, which is apparent in my original pics as well

I showed them scans from a book regarding ZF41 production that someone shared with me on facebook outlining how dou. didn't produce any ZF41 equipped rifles and this was likely pieced together. They said the best they could do was $2100 so I walked out. Typical Cabela's.
 
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