Did I pass up a deal?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by txpossum, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

    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.

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

    I would of passed 2.. but then im not really looking for one of those

  3. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

    Also, I already HAVE a .32 Special Model 94, which I believe was made in the 30's, in good condition.
  4. JW357

    JW357 New Member

    The pitting is what would have worried me. The rust also, but the pitting can be dangerous if its severe.

    You already have one. I'd say you did well in passing on this one.

    Let some other poor soul ovepay and then sink more money into it.
  5. Fredsixgun

    Fredsixgun New Member

    With everything so high now days its hard to pass up a good deal. But sometimes one must. I picked up a win pre-64 (MADE IN 51) 94in 30/30. Mint con. For 286.00 at an auction. Was offered 800.00 but passed. Might never find another for the money.
  6. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    Maybe you did, but unlikely. The odds weren't good.
  7. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

    If that's the best deal you've ever missed out on, you've lived a charmed life TXpossum.

    Let it go, the next "can't live without gun" is just around the corner.;)
  8. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

    Sigh. Unfortunately it 's not the best deal I've ever missed out on, and I COULD live without THAT gun.

    I have no idea what the next gun I buy will be. I'm looking for either another .22 pistol or a shotgun to keep in the car; however, everytime I've been looking for a certain gun, I wind up buying something completely different.
  9. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    We all look at other guns, even when our mind is made up on a certain model. I recently ordered a 9mm pistol. Before I actually ordered the gun I looked at every other 9mm pistol under the sun and a few rifles before I plunked down the cash to order the pistol.
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    personally, as i have been searching for a Model 94 in 32 W.S., i might not have passed up the deal. if after inspecting the rifle in person, i would make an offer accordingly.

    in your case with already having one in good condition, you may have made the right choice.
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    This is a "million fish in the sea" situation. There is

    usually another deal literally around the corner.

    Case in point: I was looking for a WWII collectible

    pistol. Granted, a chrome coating doesn't improve

    the collector's value of a firearm, but here in Florida,

    with the humidity, any rust resistant coating, such as

    SS, Nickel, or Chrome plating is preferable to me.

    I found a Walther P38 chromed, but is was a lousy job,

    and the pistol looked like it had subsequently been dragged

    from Pittsburg to Topeka. A disappointment, granted, but

    the next day I found a Chromed FN GP35, which had been done

    beautifully, with Waffen SS markings.
  12. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

    " signifigant rust pitting " Doesn't sound like much of a deal . Ofcourse having a 27' 94 would be cool in general . But a old shot out gun thats going to need what sounds like a lot of work to get in in un original but shooting condition ? I'd rather spend 390.00 for a 94ae in a .cal that is easier to get .

    On my local gun trader website everyonce in a while you find a old pre 64 for 500 ? in used but working and general good order. I'd rather have that with original patina .