Just found an online source that has them in "excellent" condition for $180. My local FFL store would only charge $15 for the transfer. I might go that route. Just not totally sure about buying sight unseen.
i have quite a few, trust me most of them are in great shape and covered in cosmoline which preserves them but is a real PITA.
if you are interested in mosin's you could do yourself a favor and submit for a C&R license which i believe is 30 or 35dollars, takes 2-3 months to approve but once you get it you can have c&r items like the mosin shipped right to your door (you do have to log them into a log book though)