Prices have sky rocketed since the 1980's. A rifle four years ago that sold for $200 is now well over $375 to $400. It depends on if its an early import without that awful banner import mark on the receiver or if its an early model 91 not a 91/30. I have collected Mosins for many years and have a few LOL. As to the people who would not buy one at any price.....well I guess that just makes more of them for us. The things to check for is bore condition and matching numbers on the receiver and bolt as well as the crown on the barrel. If its nice and smooth and uniform that's a good sign. If you have a 7.62x54R round with you drop it in the muzzle. See how far the projectile drops inside of the barrel. If it drops to the case don't buy it. That rifle was most likely counter bored because the end of the rifling was junk. If you want an accurate Mosin purchase a Finn M39. Far more accurate and far better sights. I hope this information helps.