I've been hunting too. I've found that the Yugo M24/47 for $209 at Samco Global Arms is the cheapest Mauser I've found. I've seen some around the $250-300 range on Gunbroker for the M24/47 and M48s. An alternative is the Turkish Mauser, they average around $200 but I've seen them for about $125, but they have been used a lot!
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