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G.98/40 price check...

Wolfsburg

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Hey gents!

Did anyone happen to follow the auction of this 98/40?

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/772275783

I had it on my watch list and halfway forgot about it until last night right before it sold. It looked like a decent example of a hard to find year and the sight hood was a nice plus but do you guys think this was a reasonable price for one of these? After a bid, I lost my nerve since it was missing the matching cleaning rod and the seller noted it had a couple of parts "probably unmarked at factory". I wouldn't mind a nice matching example but not being super well-versed on these, I decided to play it safe. Did I miss out on a good, reasonably priced example here?
 

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sek2dts

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Ya I was following it , rifle was a bit rough but still a good price imo. Late serial G , right at the end of 42 production. Only pic of a serial that I didn't see is the bayonet lug. Also I don't know if early production 42's had serial numbered butt plates as the later prefixes look to lose the serial , losing complete serials on various parts, and switching to WaA173 .All in all 42's are not common and with the site hood there imo it's a good grab.

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Wolfsburg

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Thanks for the input! Just live and learn, I guess! I think I've been out of touch for what these go for, though I know 42 and 44 dated rifles do get a bit of a premium.
 

sek2dts

Senior Member
No prob, also even the missing cleaning rod might not of been a big deal either. I'm not sure if they kept numbering them like they did in 41 with last 2 digits. Pisgah knows just about everything about these maybe he can clarify on butt plate serial and cleaning rod on the 42's.
Rifle went for 1300 and change I think right? Considering what rc's and some bolt mm's go for now 1300 is a good range to be in if your in the market to fill that matching 42 or 44

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Pisgah

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I think the jhv 42 in the auction was an okay buy at $1,376. I believe it could have sold for more. I'm attaching some photos of another jhv 42 from the same letter block. They were not still numbering buttplates and cleaning rods at this point in production. I believe they stopped numbering cleaning rods during jhv 41 and that they stopped numbering buttplates shortly before this rifle was produced in 1942.

Regarding cleaning rods on G98/40's: I would never waste time holding out for a numbers matching rod. They only did this early in production. I have never seen a factory matching cleaning rod. Just finding a loose E/56 marked cleaning rod is an achievement.

Regarding the buttplates, we frequently forget to post photos showing them so it is not a surprise that guys wouldn't know when to expect them to be numbered and when not. If a butt stock is numbers matching on a G98/40 I would pretty much expect the buttplate to be matching also. I'm sure there are exceptions but it is not quite the same thing as with Kar.98k's because the G98/40's and their parts are much less common.

Link to more photos of the same jhv 42:

http://www.k98kforum.com/showthread.php?5449-jhv-42-pix
 

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Wolfsburg

Senior Member
Ah, I gotcha. Looks like I was too conservative on this one! I also did not realize that matching rods were basically unheard of with 98/40s and had been phased out by ‘42. Oh well. Live and learn!
 

sek2dts

Senior Member
Thanks for the post Pisgah, regarding the butt plate serials specifically. Did 41s end production at D and 42 pick up At E or are there D production 42's? And if so do they(D) or E production 42's have serialed butt plates?

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Pisgah

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Here is what I know (cut/paste from old thread):

jhv 41 no letter block into the d or e block

jhv 42 somewhere in the d or e block into somewhere in the g block

jhv 43 somewhere in the g block into somewhere in the L block

jhv 44 somewhere in the L block into somewhere in the M block

The short answer is that they numbered G98/40's in consecutive sequence throughout production and did not start the numbering over at 0001 with the start of each year.

Regarding the buttplates, I am going from memory. I believe I saw an e block jhv 42 in my collection with a numbered buttplate. I'm not sure exactly where they stopped numbering the buttplates but it looks like somewhere between the e block and the g block during jhv 42 production.
 

sek2dts

Senior Member
Again thank you for the info, I have taken a liking to these rifles a bit ago now the small details are staring to interest me. I think it's desirable for me to get a early 42 that's butt plate serialed as it is prob a small lot that were.

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