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I have a HK91 SAKO rifle that I'll probably never shoot because it is next to new, I'd rate it at 99% condition. It has no box, and not sure if it's ever been fired.
It has never had a scope mounted to it. No claw mount scratches to the finish.

Here's my question.

I would like to mount a scope on it using the HK claw mount. If so how much would I devalue it by mounting a scope to it and probably scratching the finish?

Is it possible to use the HK claw mount and not scratch the finish?

Thanks!
 

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You will always damage the finish under the lugs to some microscopic degree, depending on the mount. If you are not going to shoot the gun, then would not bother with a scope. However, with out the box and accessories it is a "between" gun, not a NIB firearm for collectors nor a gun being fired and used as it was intended. I would decide if the HK91 is firearm or piece of art for framing (i.e. display gun) and then either shoot is or sell it when you no longer wish to display it.

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There are only three types of guns in the world, ones to shoot, ones to sell and ones that I have not yet owned or shot.
 

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I had the same issue last year, I bought an unfired 91 HI date code. Decided to use the weapon and bought a SG-1 stock, 30mil claw mount and a Mark 4 MRT scope. I just completed this gun last week with a Bill Springfield trigger. Now I have the gun I always wanted and it shoots nice. My opinion, use these guns but take care of them and they will still hold their value.
 

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I had the same issue last year, I bought an unfired 91 HI date code. Decided to use the weapon and bought a SG-1 stock, 30mil claw mount and a Mark 4 MRT scope. I just completed this gun last week with a Bill Springfield trigger. Now I have the gun I always wanted and it shoots nice. My opinion, use these guns but take care of them and they will still hold their value.
Nice setup, would be interested in photos.
 

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IF you are careful and take your time, you can put a claw mount on and take it off without doing any noticeable damage to the finish. I have done it a few times on my G3k and you would not be able to tell.

Oh and either way, your post says you are not going to shoot the rifle anyway, so why put a scope on it???
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Reason that I was not planning to shoot it is because it looks unfired. So for holding the value of it I just figured that I wouldn't shoot it. I have many other guns I have to shoot and don't really get time to shoot them. But as one said, it's an in between gun, not like a NIB one so maybe I should shoot it.

The reason that I was wanting to mount a scope to it was because I've added the PSG 1 trigger pack and grip, and also added the PSG 1 stock. So I just want to deck it all out by adding the scope to it. I'm also looking for the HK bipod but the price has gone crazy on those. Maybe one will pop up on the forum here someday for sale.

Which HK scope mount, if I mount one, should I go for. The type that has the screw on rail, or the type that has the scope rings already attached?
 

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The Harris bipod may not be original but it's a lot cheaper and more useful
 

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The Harris bipod may not be original but it's a lot cheaper and more useful
I vote for shooting your 91. I use to think the same way......but over the years have come to realize that you can shoot your HKs without any real depreciation as long as you are taking care of them. It will be pretty easy to keep it in 99% condition as long as you are shooting it on occasion.

On a side note, I have used a very very thin piece of felt on several claw mounts at the points of contact and have taken them off with no visible wear.
 

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There are only three types of guns in the world, ones to shoot, ones to sell and ones that I have not yet owned or shot.
I couldn't agree more, and always liked that statement.

Also, since you've already "altered" the gun with replacement parts, it's no longer in super-shiny-new pristine condition, anyway. Use it for what it was intended for. If you want wall art, take a picture of it to have framed.
 

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I use a thermold mag, which does not scratch up the magwell,
Each to his own, however, I had not even though of scratching up the inside of the mag well, let along worrying about it. This is an interesting in site on a a different world that I never knew existed, in my world when the gun is missing too much finish, it is repainted and when the barrel is use up it is changed ... often when both are needed the gun becomes a K or 5x version ;-).
 

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let me further explain, I have a ptr 91 to run the finish off, I have AKs that I will shoot untill the oil smokes, but the pride of my collection, I treat her well. Greatest gun times of our lives!!!!!
 

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let me further explain, I have a ptr 91 to run the finish off, I have AKs that I will shoot untill the oil smokes, but the pride of my collection, I treat her well. Greatest gun times of our lives!!!!!
No explaining needed, besides if someone does not set back Safe Queens then my off spring will not have any nearly new in the box guns to shoot and wear out ;-). When you talked about scratching the mag well, it got my attention on the difference in view points. At times have though of having a nice collection of firearms to look at, however, when every the "collecting" guns reach a few dozen I tend to think that these could find a better home where someone will put them on display (most of my time with friends is spent either at the range or in the shop/store ;-) and the few dimes that these "collecting" guns would sell for could fund another shooter (with a belt if possible ;-). Other good use for some of the nicer collecting guns is as gifts or low cost sales (had to get a dollar from one friend and then at the end of the day when he tried to hand a nice WWI side arm back, said no can due that one you already purchased ... is now lives in a glass case with it's history in WWII, don't know where it was in WWI).

Besides when I grew up the HKs were the budget stamp sheet metal guns, with the nice guns being the Colt's (i.e. 1921 ;-).
 

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I was in the same boat! I picked up a Pristine SR9T "Never fired". I decided that I was going to be the one to enjoy it and fire it! (Someone's gonna have that pleasure) I take really good care of it and I see no reason that I would ever sell this gun. For me the gun is priceless!
I have almost every accessory I could want for it!

I've owned both the Promag light bipod and the real German light bipod. And I can honestly say that the difference is so minor that that 99% of gun owners would not be able to tell them apart.
So unless you have a seller that can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bipod is the real german bipod? Do NOT pay more then $70 for it! Just buy the promag from Midway.com

As for the scope mount I would recommend the SG1 30mm Claw mount with the 1" inserts.
 
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