This gun is worth... $??
I paid $100. I see just one other example on Gunbroker, asking $305 with no bids. It's a model 12012 (Santa Fe Field Mauser), mine's a 12014 (Santa Fe Deluxe Mauser Mk1); so not even the same .30-06 model.
I do know I refused to go to $150 when I low-balled from his $250 asking price (which makes you wonder what the pawn shop paid since they accepted my $100 offer!).
I might be willing to do things to THIS rifle that I would never consider doing to a more expensive gun out of fear of ruining it and LOSING value.
I tend to think that it has more value to ME by dumping the NcSTAR scope and putting a Lyman sight and wooden stock on it; but it's the hot-rodder's dilemma. The value of the whole is less than the value of its parts.
Gaining the experience of installing the sight is something I want to try.
Fitting a stock is something I've never done.
I've never been Bubba before.
Is spending $120 plus installation for the Lyman sight worth the fun of it? Is getting a $115 Boyd's stock plus the fitting effort worth the fun of it?
Will spending another $250 plus my time and or a gunsmith's fees make this gun a $350+ rifle?
Probably not. But I don't buy a $7.50 craft beer expecting it to retain value in an hour either... (it's still yellow and foamy and I even heated it up for you; who will start the bidding?).
As long as I don't break it, it will always have value as my representative example of a .30-06 (by God) rifle.