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Old January 09, 2016, 00:56   #1
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Interarms Mark X .243, value?

A friend of mine asked me what this Interarms Mark X in .243 is worth....
Here are the photos he sent me.


Owners manual
http://stevespages.com/pdf/interarms_mkx.pdf

It's made by Zastava and looks to be from... what... the 1980s?
24" barrel, 2lb trigger (owner says), bedded, scoped... blah, blah, super-duper rifle...
Friend thought it was worth $500-$1000... I told him it's worth $500-$600 max.
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Old January 09, 2016, 01:42   #2
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The .243 was discontinued in 1993, with the Zastava guns beginning around 1980.

The Blue Book (35th edition) puts it's value at about $300 in 95% and $425 in 100% condition.

The Bushnell scope doesn't add much value...

It's a nice gun with a pretty stock, but not especially valuable...

For what it's worth...

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Old January 09, 2016, 08:03   #3
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Realistically - I'd say $250-$300. The scope rings are worth more than the scope.
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Old January 09, 2016, 14:04   #4
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Thanks for the info. I'll forward that to my friend.
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Old January 09, 2016, 16:28   #5
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I too am in the $300 range... But a very good value for that money, and that one has nice figure.
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The Blue Book (35th edition) puts it's value at about $300 in 95%...
And just a Mauser action costs $250 this day!
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Old January 10, 2016, 09:09   #7
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Take it to Cabela's. They seem to think that any bolt action Mauser type is worth at least $800.
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Old January 10, 2016, 13:26   #8
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And just a Mauser action costs $250 this day!
The disconnect is sometimes amazing, isn't it...

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Old January 11, 2016, 11:59   #9
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Anybody know of a source for a fairly decent poly or laminate stock for one of these? I had mine cerokoated,and the factory stock just ain't cuttin' it.
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Cheap - http://www.americanrifleman.org/arti...mark-x-rifles/

Mixed reviews. http://www.rifle-stocks.com/actions_available.htm

And McMillan and B&C in the more expensive.

Cheap but lots of inletting. https://www.boydsgunstocks.com/Produ...e=2G4091G15317
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Thanks,Mark. The Ramline might be contender. The original stock isn't broke or cracked or anything,just kinda homely,and looked like the wood shrank a bit in comparison to the grip cap and buttplate. Guess I could sand those fixtures down,and refinish. I have a tough time with wood,as far as working with it. I'm too impatient.
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That is a nicely figured stock. But it appears to have a polyurethane finish, which I've never cared for. If you scrape with the side of a razorblade, you can get most of that off. Then just an oil finish. The grip cap can be sanded while attached to the stock, as can the buttpad, to get/keep them trued.

The patience thing, I can't help you with. I struggle with it as well. Checkering will be a bitch and I suggest you just leave it alone. I've got a thousand dollars in checkering files and if the wood challenges your patience, the checkering will drive you to insanity.
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Old January 11, 2016, 12:53   #13
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I have a Ramline stock on an Interarms Mark X barreled action in .308 Win. that I bought way back when (1976). At that stage of the game, Interarms (Zastava) was using the long action for short cartridges.

I originally used a semi-fancy Bishop stock for this rifle, but changed to a Ramline sometime years later (1993). The pretty walnut stock worked (and looked good too) well, but I wanted something more weather resistant.

Having said that, while the Ramline stocks work pretty well, they are crappy sounding (tapping on the stock produces echoes) and very hard.

I've been thinking of replacing it with one of the Butler Creek or Hogue stocks (since spending a shitload of money for a stock on a rifle that works well now is not in the offing).

Then again, I haven't shot the rifle in so long that maybe not...

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Old January 11, 2016, 15:54   #14
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Time was you could get whatever you asked for for a Mark X during the Clinton administration as the war in Croasia had messed with the MAUSER market and gunsmiths didn't have access to the pelthura of actions we have now and inexpensive too. The one your buddy has was more desirable as it has the levered trigger guard instead of the button type. I'd put it on Gunbroker at 499.00 to start no reserve and a 550.00 buy it now and see where it goes from there. Keep shipping to 30.00 and he'll find someone that wants it. They are a really good copy of the Browning Fn. They need some clean up in certain areas to be perfect but I made a lot of 3 shot, one hole rifles out of these with nice stocks and good barrels. Some will say can't be done, but it can. It is a fine platform to start any custom hunting rifle from even today. Reasonable pricing on the actions back in the day, under 200.00 1980's, and good supply of them and accessories from Brownell's and others. Blackburn made a trigger that would go to 2 lb but the best ever out of a stock Mark X was a true 3 without further work. Not as nice and simple as a Model 70 but a helluva lot cheaper to start with until you buy evertthing necessary to make it like a Model 70.
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Supposedly,the remmy 798stocks will fit the Mark X's too. They had some cool laminates,which I like. Not real easy to find though. I had the rifle coated in burnt bronze,so I figure nutmeg would probably be the best mate.
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Well,I got busy and stripped the stock this weekend. Figured I'd try it first before buying another. I was a little surprised to see some nice figure in the grain,giving parts of it that kinda prismatic look. The old finish was some horrible dark stain/urethane stuff that was glossy.The buttstock has some very dark grain lines along the length of the stock. I sanded it up,with 400,applied a couple rubdowns of tung oil.Now,let it set a few days,repeat.
I'll put up a couple photos when I get it completed. I think it'll look pretty sharp.
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A local guy offered him $400 for it so he took it... He didn't want to deal with online auctions.
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I think that is pretty close to what I paid for mine in .308,with a similar scope/mount setup.Got mine local.
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A local guy offered him $400 for it so he took it... He didn't want to deal with online auctions.
That is a fair price.
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