It's all about demand. The Swedes has such a wide range of sale prices from the word go. Around here, a plain ol regular 96 will bring $400 in a flash. The same guys who pay that price probably wouldn't give an SA marked one a second thought. A rifle as you describe SHOULD bring bigger bucks. But, I haven't seen one do it. Got one??
Yeah...just bought it and am awaiting delivery. I was asking about what it might bring, not because I want to sell it...not by a long shot, I like Swedes too much...rather to get an idea of how I did buying it. Based on your guesstimate and all variables involved, I did about average for a regular Swede in this condition. The SA mark is an added bonus as far as I'm concerned, if only because if I were to sell it down the road, I would offer it to a Finn collector first...
Thanks to all who responded...now I have a little more perspective as to value.
The beauty for me is that I managed to pick it up for the same price as is average for a very clean 1920 M96. Not a "killer deal" but not out of the ball park either, just a nice investment. I am happy with that alone, the SA stamp just makes it that much more desirable for me personally.
Sounds like a great rifle. An SA marked M96 is a great find that you certainly don't come across very often. It's just that many don't realize that a Finnish captured Russian M38 is so hard to find it can be the centerpiece of an entire collection.