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Old February 10, 2013, 08:36 AM   #22
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Sorry I'm a little late in the game, but here's a couple thoughts when buying anything used.

Go in with the right mindset. If I'm actually considering a purchase, I stop admiring what I like about it. I shift gears and start thinking "there are issues with this rifle; I just have to look hard enough to find them."

You'll find some. It's a matter then of whether it'll still make you happy and what price is reasonable.

Besides the bore, muzzle, boltface, I look for signs of abuse (pitting, buggered screws), cracks in the stock (not all are a big deal), etc. It's not really that hard.
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