||03-08-2014 12:28 PM
Did I pass up a deal?
Around where I live there are several gun sale/trade facebook pages, as well as a state-wide forum with a classified section. Over the past three years I have bought three or four guns from these sources, and read them almost daily, just in case someone's selling something I can't live without.
Yesterday I saw a posting offering 32 Special Winchester 94, made in 1927, for sale for $300.00. However, the owner stated that the gun would need to be re-blued. I posted a caution, saying that re-bluing would detract from any collector value, but the seller again said something to the effect of "yeah, but this gun NEEDS to be re-blued", and described the gun as "rough". I asked him how it shot, and he said "once it's cleaned up it'll be fine". When looking closely at the pic he posted, it appeared that all the bluing was gone, and there was a significant amount of rust damage and pitting on the gun.
I emailed the seller, saying that considering the condition of the gun, I'd offer him $225.00 for the gun if he didn't sell it for $300.
Well, the gun generated a fair amount of interest on the site, with the general gist being "Wow, a 1927 Winchester for $300.00!) and it sold within a couple of hours. I was the first person to respond to the ad with my cautionary comment about re-bluing, and I could have snagged it. But, as stated, it's condition worried me.
Now . . . did I pass up a good deal? Worn bluing doesn't worry me, but the surface rust damage did, and made me wonder what the bore and internals were like. Bottom line, I just didn't think the condition of the gun made it worth $300.