Unfortunately I think that trend will continue...
No kidding, have you seen what Mosins go for these days?
Although, if they get much higher than they are now, there is little incentive to take a chance on a parts-kit gun of disputable orgin/construction instead of a factory new "civilian" repeater (like how SKSs aren't nearly the sweet deal they used to be relative to AKs). "Nicer" AKs are going for north of 800$ now, right?
(sorry to be that guy who suggests a totally different rifle than the OP is asking about
but; VZ58 --just puttin' that out there...)
My only concern about the VZ is mag shortage if restrictions come down.
Not if I can convince enough folks to buy VZs