Depending on factory/model/time period, there was a convention to the numbering and a collecter bidding on a "matching numbered" rifle is going to be upset if that convention is not met in any detail. It is very common to see Mausers with mismatched bolts for example and this has a definate effect on price but there is also an issue with the stock or bands being mis-matched. Many rifles were converted to minimal sporters in the 1950's and 1960's and these are often seen now back in military trim. They can be "period correct", but there are still issues if the stock is a repacement, etc. It doesn't mean they will not find collector interest, and a buyer, but it does affect value. There are armorers' rebuilds as well ( e.g. a floorplate with the original number crossed off and a new number stamped on it on a GEW 98) but generally anything done to the weapon after it left military issue will be a point of concern and lower value. Having said that, a period correct refit will be worth more than the economy sporter for sure, if it is sold for what it is.My Mauser 98 has matching numbers on the bolt and receiver, but not on the floorplate or barrel band. Can this be considered as a matching number rifle?
Sorry, close only counts in horseshoes. All that can be said is, "All matching, EXCEPT floorplate and band"....My Mauser 98 has matching numbers on the bolt and receiver, but not on the floorplate or barrel band. Can this be considered as a matching number rifle?