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Old 05-13-2013, 09:50 AM
GBGUY GBGUY is offline
 
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Default Value Of Mas 49/56 in .308??

As I continue to liquidate my collection I am up to a French Mas 49/56 in .308 caliber. She comes with 2 mags, bayonet and scabbard, night sights,sling, recoil boot, broken shell extractor etc. Overall condition is very good, and she grouped and functioned well when I last shot her about 8 years ago. I was curious what these are worth today with all the goodies, as I can ask a fair price on the trader. Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:00 AM
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Recently bought an original (7.5x54F), very good condition, no amenities. $330.

My understanding is the CAI modified 7.62 were problematic and value therefore reduced.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:33 PM
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A very high percentage of the converted MAS rifles had problems. Left a bad feeling in many owners about their rifles. Century never really got those rifles to work it seems.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:41 PM
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Even though 7.5mm French ammo is hard to find, the numbers of problems with the .308 MAS-49/56 rifles were so great that they were not bringing much better than $400 in most areas. With the current madness (although fading slowly) this may haved changed but a straight 7.5mm rifle will bring much more money. They are nice rifles and I enjoy mine:

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Old 05-13-2013, 05:13 PM
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If your rifle was converted to .308 by the French arsenal then it is Very Good indeed. All the others were done by Century and, yes, they were a problem for the most part. At the time Century was the lone importer at the at time of importation.

How can you tell who re chambered? I found out by doing a lot a web sight inquiry some years ago but did not save the info since mine is a 7,5 French which shoots great. I have seen those go for up to $700 with all the goodies on some sites.

As a somewhat educated person/buyer on this matter I would be hesitant to purchase a .308 49/56 rifle unless I knew it was done by the French arsenal. E'etiene, (sic), I think. Even with that I would want to test fire it quite a bit. Find out if yours is a French conversion and you can advertise it as such. If it isn't then you just got lucky. The info is out there. Good luck.

By the way. I feel the same way about M1 Garand conversions to .308. THE MAN designed it for 30/06 and it should stay that way for the world to be it sync. Sorry boys it had to be said.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:32 PM
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. . . .By the way. I feel the same way about M1 Garand conversions to .308. THE MAN designed it for 30/06 and it should stay that way for the world to be it sync. Sorry boys it had to be said.
Actually, it was designed around the .276 cartridge! --Jim
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:00 PM
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LOL, I have a 30-06 and .308 Garand and love them both!!
Didn't mean to hijack the OP thread!! Sorry.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:42 PM
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By the way. I feel the same way about M1 Garand conversions to .308. THE MAN designed it for 30/06 and it should stay that way for the world to be it sync. Sorry boys it had to be said.
Probably a good thing then that the US insisted that NATO standardize on the 3006kurz [aka, 7.62x51mm NATO...]
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