Like so many things, prices vary wildly. Sometimes a relatively plain jane 91 will clear $400. Other times they sit around & don't sell for half that. Some guys go nuts over a Sestroryetsk. I say their value is effected by the same things as an Izhevsk is. Date, markings, what apparent history, overall condition are most important. If it has the eagles taken off of it, I wouldn't buy it at all.
I have at least one with the eagles ground off. The reason for that is because it represents a certain unique period of Russian history. I think every collection should have at least one example of a scrubbed Mosin Nagant rifle. I bought my scrubbed Sesty. from AIM when they were about $65.
I agree with you and I don't agree. The scrubbed guns represent something, but exactly who, where & when is open for debate. For $65, why not. An intact m91 stock is worth that. I have a scrubbed 91, or three, that I bought because of other interesting features. But, they will always be much less desireable than the similar, unscrubbed examples. So, not big bucks. Probably ever.
A Sestroryetsk M91, with an unground proof, cleaning rod, and not RECENTLY refinished, would probably sell in the $200+ range. Unmesssed with rifles will bring a large premium. SA marked might bring a premium, but only because of condition. They are usually in better condition than the Russian rifles.
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