How to buy a rifle on line

Muddyboots

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First, lot of acrimony out there for various reasons so leave it out of this thread. So I am asking any poster only post up constructive advice NOT related to any individual or business. The WHOLE purpose is to provide advice on how to buy a rifle on line that allows a buyer REASONABLE guidance that makes sense.

So I will start the process and remind everyone NOT to HIJACK this thread. Thank you in advance.

  • Does the seller have a trader rating?
  • Has the seller been on LRH for a "reasonable" period of time. Whatever that means.
  • Are there good representative photos of the rifle showing ALL angles of the rifle in good lighting? If not comfortable, ask for SPECIFIC photos that will make you feel better.
  • Is there a good DETAILED description of the rifle?
    • Manufacturer? Model?
    • Serial number? FFL can check?
    • Cartridge as standard or wildcat?
    • Estimated or known round count?
    • Rifle factory or a build?
    • Gunsmith build? Who? DIY build?
    • Action factory or a build?
    • Action trued? By whom?
    • Barrel manufacturer? Factory? Remage? Shoulder?
      Barrel length and contour? Any barrel modifications? Chopped? Recrowned?
    • Edit added: coatings?
    • Edit added: stainless, blue, carbon?
    • Bore scope photos if available or even request.
    • Twist
    • Chamber specifications if SAAMI or special reamer?
    • Chamber, throat photos?
    • Magazine type, max COAL.
    • Rifling type
    • Stock manufacturer, factory or AM?
    • LOP?
    • Edit added: full length or pillar bedding? Epoxy bedded? Recoil lug bedded? Barrel bedded? Material used?
    • Any stock modifications?
    • Trigger manufacturer? Range of adjustment. Current setting?
    • Sling studs? How many?
    • M-lok capability?
    • Recoil pad type?
    • Photo documentation?
    • Optics? Manufacturer and model? Diameter? Range if MOA
    • Ring manufacturer? Diameter?
    • Base manufacturer? Range of MOA?
    • Scope level? Manufacturer?
    • Scope lens protectors? Manufacturer?
    • Firing pin or replaced?
    • Firing pin spring factory or replaced?
    • Bolt face photos?
    • Extractor type? Any modifications?
    • Case included? Manufacturer and model?
    • Any brass included? Bullets?
    • Any ammo included?
    • Load information?
    • Photos, photos, photos!
    • Written documentation as needed for complete assurance.
    • 24 hour unfired review PRIOR to ACTUAL transfer
  • What else would you consider? Understand not everyone would need to ask these questions. These are just suggestions to consider.
  • Edit added: bipod included? Sling stud or M-Lok?
 
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First, lot of acrimony out there for various reasons so leave it out of this thread. So I am asking any poster only post up constructive advice NOT related to any individual or business. The WHOLE purpose is to provide advice on how to buy a rifle on line that allows a buyer REASONABLE guidance that makes sense.

So I will start the process and remind everyone NOT to HIJACK this thread. Thank you in advance.

  • Does the seller have a trader rating?
  • Has the seller been on LRH for a "reasonable" period of time. Whatever that means.
  • Are there good representative photos of the rifle showing ALL angles of the rifle in good lighting? If not comfortable, ask for SPECIFIC photos that will make you feel better.
  • Is there a good DETAILED description of the rifle?
    • Manufacturer? Model?
    • Serial number? FFL can check?
    • Cartridge as standard or wildcat?
    • Estimated or known round count?
    • Rifle factory or a build?
    • Gunsmith build? Who? DIY build?
    • Action factory or a build?
    • Action trued? By whom?
    • Barrel manufacturer? Factory? Remage? Shoulder?
      Barrel length and contour? Any barrel modifications? Chopped? Recrowned?
    • Bore scope photos if available or even request.
    • Twist
    • Chamber specifications if SAAMI or special reamer?
    • Chamber, throat photos?
    • Magazine type, max COAL.
    • Rifling type
    • Stock manufacturer, factory or AM?
    • LOP?
    • Any stock modifications?
    • Trigger manufacturer? Range of adjustment. Current setting?
    • Sling studs? How many?
    • M-lok capability?
    • Recoil pad type?
    • Photo documentation?
    • Optics? Manufacturer and model? Diameter? Range if MOA
    • Ring manufacturer? Diameter?
    • Base manufacturer? Range of MOA?
    • Scope level? Manufacturer?
    • Scope lens protectors? Manufacturer?
    • Firing pin or replaced?
    • Firing pin spring factory or replaced?
    • Bolt face photos?
    • Extractor type? Any modifications?
    • Case included? Manufacturer and model?
    • Any brass included? Bullets?
    • Any ammo included?
    • Load information?
    • Photos, photos, photos!
    • Written documentation as needed for complete assurance.
    • 24 hour unfired review PRIOR to ACTUAL transfer
  • What else would you consider? Understand not everyone would need to ask these questions. These are just suggestions to consider.
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