I've had one of these for awhile.
$59.95 at a Big Five sale about 12 years back.
I was lucky and got a very good one according to the brass plate affixed to the stock.
There are several sites on the Internet that translate the markings for you.
Every category on mine is at the top.
Do a Google on "Swedish Mauser."
The gun looked good when I bought it, but figuring out what the plate meant made me feel even better.
Stock design makes it recoil a little harder off the bench than it does when shooting offhand.
Either way, it's not bad.
Kinda lost me on the spring loaded bolt/safety comment.
Cocks on closing, but you know that.
And you probably do what I do and carry it with magazine loaded and nothing in the chamber with the bolt closed.
For those who've never owned or shot a rifle with the cocks on closing bit, it's no big deal and you'll get used to it pretty fast.
J&G Sales: www.jgsales.com...
in Prescott, Arizona is selling ammo mail order for $19.95 per 20 round box of commercial.
$9.59 per 20 round box of military surplus FMJ.
The price goes down to $8.49 per for ten boxes or more.
The surplus stuff is non-corrosive, but Berdan primed.
Brass = $18.49 per 50.
Bullets = $22.75 per 100
Loaded Federal ammo = $24.99 per 20
6.5 x 55mm loading dies seem to be fairly easy to find.
Funny part, swap meets and the like want the same money that Midway and other places want for brand new dies.
RCBS dies in both cases.
Local gun shop sold me RCBS used, in good condition 6.5 x 55mm dies for $10. a couple years back.
Fwiw, quite a few knowledgeable shooters feel that the 6.5mm caliber is an excellent one for accuracy at the target range and also for hunting
Some gun writers are surprised that the 6.5 caliber isn't more popular.
I have a military sling on my rifle.
Carries easy enough, weighs about the same as a Ruger heavy barrel Model 77 varmint with scope.
Around 10# for each if I remember right.
Just need to have the right bullet.
$200. is probably an ok price nowadays.
I note that J&G is selling the Yugoslovian SKS for $249. for the like-new grade.
Two years ago, they sold for $150. in the same grade.
(Edited to add some more info.)
[edit on 4-2-2008 by Desert Dawg]