What model and year was it? Also, did you look for wear on the bolt, bolt face, reciever rails, crown, cleaning rod, etc? It would be very hard to tell if an old rifle like that had never been shot or just shot a little bit without a thourough cleaning and inspection. That said, there are Yugo Mausers currently being sold in excellent condition by Mitchel's Mausers that look almost new.I purchased a VERY
nice 1939 Russian Mosin Nagant 91/30 at Big 5 in Woodland. I had spent the better part of a year searching Bay Area Big 5 stores for the "right" one and I had just dropped off a couple of tons of harvested walnuts in Woodland when I decided to stop and take a look at that store. $79 on sale and I snatched it up very quickly.
I had a gunsmith check it out for headspace etc after I cleaned it up. He said in his opinion it had never been fired beyond the factory and showed very little or no wear anywhere including the bore etc. Everything matches, all parts were included, and bluing was 99%, not refurbished in any way. (I have since refinished the stock and added a scope)So it IS possible to find rifles like that, they're out there. Hylander has seen this rifle in person and I even allowed him to touch it, just a little.