Originally Posted by greeney
Well I was leaning toward the stevens for practicality, minus the whole .308 shortage, and the mosin for the hell of it. The guy is a friend and said to find out what they are worth and we will talk. So he is trusting me to help us both out. I figured the steven was about 250 but sounds like a gun he knows nothing about, id be alright offering 200. The longest I've shot is 200 yds with 5.56 and a 16 inch barrel, I can do a 4inch group there and I've only done it twice. Basically I assume I'm not terrible but want to practice more and learn more about the system not just grabbing someones gun and squeezing off rounds. Do you know if the stevens can be rebarreled? I just wonder if the barrel is rough can I replace it. Altough I'm not too certain how to tell if the barrel is whooped either. Safe to say I'm still a novice's novice in many regards.
The Steven's can be easily re-barreled but the chances of a barrel being burned out on a hunting .308 are pretty slim unless it was someone's only gun and they just shot the snot out of it. Very little chance of a rough bore with modern non-corrosive ammo unless the gun is rusty which I assume this one is not. Run a patch through the barrel with solvent and clean it up. If the patch sticks anywhere take a long hard look down the bore to see what's going on. If it's smooth in and out you are good to go.
But again, I would not worry much about it. The Stevens new is about low to mid $300's and for a used gun I expect to pay about 60-70% of the cost of a new one with the lower amount going to a gun that has been messed with like the one he has with the crappy paint job. For example I will go a little higher on more expensive guns and a lot lower on the less expensive ones. Let's say on the Stevens priced at $200 for $150 more I can get out of the box new so it would not be that desirable to buy used unless it was a screaming good deal. I might go to $225 for a friend. Now for a gun that retails at $1,000 I might go $700-800 if in perfect like new shape and go down from that steeply for any alterations.
There are about 14 pages of Moisins for sale on GunBroker and most are not moving. That should give you an idea of availability. I'd give him maybe $100 for it mostly because the stock probably cost him about $60. New ones can be had for low-mid $100 all over the place except for the more desirable ones like the Finn guns which go for a bit more IF they are in original configuration which this one is not.