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Gun shows RANT !!

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Unread 02-18-2006, 02:14 PM
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Gun shows RANT !!

do any of you guys ever go to gun shows and actualy find a deal ?
I went to a show today and was amazed at some of the crap that people are trying to sell and the crazy prices they are asking for it
Example 1)Rem 700 PSS in 308 , granted it did have a Leo mk4 on it but it was mounted in a set of weaver rings and bases only other thing about it was the owner had put a couple small pieces of scateboard tape on the grip.
Asking price $2400 !!!
he tried to tell me that it was one of the older ones back when Remington used Hart barrels for their PPS rifles? thats a new one on me. The this pecker head tries to tell me its the exact same gun that the US Army uses he knows because he used to be a "sniper". He got the most lost look when I said " I thought the M24 was built on a long action"
Example #2) a guy has a SS rem 700 action with a fluted barrel , has RW Hart on the barrel , he sayes he had it built for a 1000yd deer gun (its a 25-06) and that the barrel alone cost him $600 from Kreiger but it had 8 lands and grooves in it !!(Shilen i think) and the stock was a high end piec from McMillan but it felt and looked like a one of the factory POS tuperware.
Asking price $1200
Example#3)Some of you may have heard that we had a pretty bad Hurricane down here last year and alot of homes were left with standing water for days on end. So now we have a huge market of flooded guns here all kinds , I don't mind buying a flooded gun for the action if it isin't in to bad of shape but one table had dozens of rifles all were pitted still had rust and none had any bluing left , the going price of a Rem700 ADL , rusty and with a baddly warped stock was $350 he also had a Weatherby mkV German built but with the bolt mounted safety , rusted as all hell for $1000!

Anyway , just wondering if any of you guys had as many retards at you gun shows as we do down here !!
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Unread 02-18-2006, 03:10 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

We have a local one twice a year have not been to it for 12 years. Sign says gun show tables look like a flea market. I just save my money and go to Tulsa.
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Unread 02-18-2006, 03:31 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

I go to the shows for someting to do in the winter. Occasionally, I find a good deal on gunpowder. I have yet to see a good deal on a firearm. Most of the stuff is OLD and much of it has been worked on by a "tinkerer". You stand a good chance of getting a piece of crap without much recourse. The newer firearms are usually so expensive that it would be cheaper, and wiser, to just buy a new firearm with a warantee and no wear & tear.

I'm amazed that any of these dealers stay in business. Well..... the beef jerky guy always seems to do OK.
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Unread 02-18-2006, 04:17 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

I know just what your talking about. I go to one every once in a while just to keep tabs on a fellow who can get me a deal on some bullets or powders sometimes. Other than that, I looked for a donor action for almost a year, then picked up a brand new Rem ADL 7 mag for $325 at the local and generally high priced gun store. Hopefully it will be done with it's transformation shortly and the real fun can begin.

Most of the stuff at the shows, well in fact everything I looked at that might have been considered was selling at higher than new prices. I myself would get tired of loading it all up and unloading it.

Other than that I was looking at a couple of the tables of junk searching for the old Herters type shell holders. Finially just got so disgusted with it all I went out and bought a new RCBS RC Supreme. Figured I had already spent more than it cost just in aggrivation.
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Unread 02-18-2006, 06:14 PM
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Wisconsin is the gun show capital. I've been to 3 this winter. One guy had a table full of M1 Grands all Winchester made. A fellow asked how much? "there not for sale" Why do you bring them here? "because it's a show" He was at all three of the shows I attended!

Alot of guys bring guns they want to sell and walk around up her during the show. Thats how I picked up a rem sendaro with a 28" douglas barrel in 243AI for $450. The guys dad had passed and he was selling his guns. This one came with 200 cream of wheat improved brass and 78 loaded rounds. He said his dad fired it 22 times. Dies included, Yeah, ear to ear. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Unread 02-18-2006, 07:54 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!


You hit the nail on the head , I mean one shot one kill !

I have been remarking to myself each time I go how overpriced the gus are and how seldom they approach " deal " status . As a result I go to thye local gun shows here for a recreational outing and get to look a t a lot of guns [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img], but, I DO NOT expect to see any bargains there [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] .

Last trip yielded 1. hot dog
2. Kroil
3. mtm h50/h50 mag ammo
4. the dissatisfaction of looking at a muzzleloader that a friend of mine had bought at an exorbitant price ( one of those weatherby actioned things ) that to this day my Knight disc rifle outshoots pitifully ( his shoots best group of 2" at 100 , mine shoots 2.5 " at 300 )

As I said , you are so right , sfunny , I 've been thinking along these lines for some time .

Jim B.
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Unread 02-18-2006, 08:33 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

Same deal around here. Most guns can be bought cheaper at the local gun shops than at the show. Occasionaly you can find a deal (or make a good trade). About the only reason to go is if you need accessories, ammo, and sometimes there will be killer deals on cases of primers.
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