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Old 02-18-2006, 10:01 PM
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Well I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one , I did see some decient prices on powder and buying their saves the $20 shipping fee

It just bugs me that some of these folks treat knowledgable folks like idiots when them selves don't even know what the hell it is their selling.
I honestly saw a price tag on a gun once that said winchester m-700 A-bolt 30-06 $800 , the gun was an Interarms with a 22 cal barrel !!! and the guy got pissed when I mentioned that he might have it mis marked !!
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:20 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

Yeah Yeah! I went to one last week in Sioux Falls SD. I dont go very often, i use to spend all day in a gun shop so why go. Any way i needed some FN-FAL 308 magazines for a project im workng on, seems to be bins of these things. Well the second table i looked at had several laying there. I asked the moke, how much, well knowing they are around 5.00 He hemhawed and looked up in the Shotgun news, couldn't make up his mind when an older gentleman walked over and said, "I get 40.00 for them on my table" so the guy says, " i'll give ya a good deal" (i can feel him pulling at my shorts now) 35.00 for ya...um NO! I told the guy, heck they are 5-8 bucks anywhere...he said well you just better go and find them.

My Bro in Law needed a 788 remmy 308 magazine, well we saw several...one guy wanted 150.00 said you can't find them any more and collectors buy them up....another guy wanted 85.00...i had to laugh...i asked him how many did he want to buy...you can get them all day long on Ebay for around 30.00 Just to say, not very often you see any real good deals. You have to want something real bad to pay them prices.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:22 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

Hell, Why not?

I've been equally disgusted. There've been a few times I went looking for one or two things in particular. I remember finding one once (don't remember the . I looked the gun over, thinking it was in fair condition. A little used, which should knock a few dollars off the price. I waved a salesman over since there wasn't a price tag.

The price he quoted me was an easy 150 over new. I stood quietly for a moment, deciding if it was even worth it. Finally I told him he was asking 150 over new, and I might be willing to pay 150 UNDER new.

So, he waves his buddy over and they try to convince me I'm mistaken. I finally cut 'em off. "I don't buy this B.S. Just tell me your bottom price". He knocks fifty bucks off. I shake my head in disgust, an' turn to walk away. "Hey", he says,"We only gotta sell it once".

I paid attention afterwards. There were a dozen times I'd hear one of these slick bastards tellin' somebody such an such rifle was worth xx new and the scope was worth xx new. The prices were not only high, they were sellin' junk for higher than new prices, everywhere. I told so many people what guns were really worth, at that show, I thought I'd get shot in the parkin' lot.

Most of the booths were pawn shops. Not only do they get the merchandise for pennies on the dollar, they gotta scalp the buyers too. Besides the fact that most of 'em knowingly fence stolen property. I bought two rifles this way which had been reported stolen. In one case, the seller immediately reimbursed me. In the other, I fought for months before getting my money back.

I have found a novelty or a fair deal now and then. Mostly I just get disgusted, and leave feeling vaguely cheated of my admission price.
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Old 02-19-2006, 07:21 AM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

Here in the UK they are called arms fairs, mainly selling military rifles and the British peculiarity....The de-activated firearm!
This is so collectors can collect without a Licence.

I once came across a Union Switch and Signal 1911 A1 De-act, that the vendor was selling for $1200, i said to this guy,
"i cant believe that you are selling a worthless piece of junk ( thats all it is when it has been de-act)for such a high price"
He said to me
"But its a USSC"
Many fine firearms are being destroyed at the hands of the de-activators to meet the demand of the collectors who cannot be bothered to apply for a licence.

I went a bit of track there, most of the guns for sale at UK arms fairs are overpriced junk but there are the occasional gems to be found, so for i have come away with a vintage Puma Skinner for $45 and 2 pots of shooters choice copper remover for $2.

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Old 02-19-2006, 09:45 AM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

When I lived in Virginia I would go to the Show Place in Mechanicsville every gun show and would find a deal on something. Many gun dealers with new guns. I would show up on Sunday a few hours before it was over. I would always have a list of what I was interested in. It was good when 2 or 3 people had the same thing. Someone would always beat the others price.

Here in northern Idaho its a lot different. No gun dealers with new guns. Most everything has dirty barrels. have asked many if I could clean the gun to see what the bore looked like [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] Many get insulted. Only deal I have found here in the last few years was a Ruger 338 mag with tank safety for $275. metal was 100% but stock looked like it had gone through a chipper. Most times now I stay at home. Last time I went I was looking for Encore barrels. $260 was the cheapest and they were all used and many were pitted. Cheapest complete Encore was $625 with pitted barrel. Just a waist of time.
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:44 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

The only deals I've encountered at a gun show is another person walking around looking to sell his gun. I concur that it's 99% junk or over priced. Like someone said earlier, I just enjoy listening to these guy's making thier sales pitch. It pisses me off to see all of the gang bangers there looking at the AK's, SKS's & Tec-9's.
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:22 PM
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Re: Gun shows RANT !!

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When I lived in Virginia I would go to the Show Place in Mechanicsville every gun show and would find a deal on something. Many gun dealers with new guns. I would show up on Sunday a few hours before it was over. I would always have a list of what I was interested in. It was good when 2 or 3 people had the same thing. Someone would always beat the others price.

Here in northern Idaho its a lot different. No gun dealers with new guns. Most everything has dirty barrels. have asked many if I could clean the gun to see what the bore looked like [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] Many get insulted. Only deal I have found here in the last few years was a Ruger 338 mag with tank safety for $275. metal was 100% but stock looked like it had gone through a chipper. Most times now I stay at home. Last time I went I was looking for Encore barrels. $260 was the cheapest and they were all used and many were pitted. Cheapest complete Encore was $625 with pitted barrel. Just a waist of time.

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Yeah, that is how I found some decent deals. Canvas the entire place, find what I am interested in, and then coming back in the last hour or 2 and bargaining the vendors against each other.
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