Did I make a good gun trade?


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fistful
September 21, 2004, 12:32 AM
I traded some guns with a friend of mine a little while ago, and I want y'all's opinions on whether or not it was a good trade.

I bought my first gun about five years ago, a new Steyr .308 Prohunter with a new 3-9X Redfield scope. The Prohunter is similar to the famed Scout, but with a conventional forend (no scope rail, iron sights or bipod) and no magazine in the butt. I also bought the ten-round magazine, just because I wanted it to be a space-age Enfield (bottom of magazine flush with triggerguard). I had fun with it for a while, even though I had the scope mounted such that it slammed me in the eye repeatedly (builds character). I had wanted iron sights to begin with, but I hadn't realized the Steyr didn't come with them. The scope did help me take advantage of the gun's considerable accuracy.

Eventually, old-fashioned fool that I am, I decided I’d rather be a Mauser guy. I also had some doubts about the reliability of my home-defense auto pistol and my ability to handle it when it really counted, so I was lookin’ for an 870 to keep next to the bed.

So I traded my $700 rifle, $150 scope, and a combat pack of 7.62 to a friend of mine. I got his 870 Express with wood stock, riot barrel, long barrel, and chokes in a Big Green case and a Century-International-sporterized VZ-24 with Butler Creek synthetic stock and Simmons scope, which I gave right back to him. He also gave me twenty bucks for a trigger job.

The gunsmith he recommended made that old trigger into a light, crisp single stage, and he also lopped the barrel down to 19” and installed an old Williams peep sight. Now it’s a cute little .30-06 scout rifle, although maybe somewhat on the heavy side. I’ll put a scope on it someday, I guess, and get a better stock. The shotgun now has a Wilson mag extension, and a Tac-Star light which seems to work pretty well. When I get a Sidesaddle shell holder, I’ll be satisfied with it, although I might go to a Surefire light when I can.

Here’s the thing. I reckon my buddy got the better end of the deal, economically. He got a really nice rifle and he took a deer with the outfit the next season, so I know he’s happy. I got two guns I’m much happier with, so I’m satisfied.

How much money did I lose by not selling the Steyr outright? Would you have made this trade?

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wmenorr67
September 21, 2004, 07:45 AM
If both of you are happy it was a good trade.

ID_shooting
September 21, 2004, 08:13 AM
One old coot friend of my dad's used to say "It take two to make a deal, but only one gets it."

Forget the monetary aspect of it. For me, cash means nothing between friends. If you are happy, and he is happy, its done. Call it good and don't look back.

moredes
September 21, 2004, 09:12 AM
You said he's your friend. If that's not a casual description akin to the media definition, you know, "man shot by 'friend' in argument"--then these guys are right. Don't look to see if you got done right. You and he agreed on this deal, and from your end obviously, without enough pertinent knowledge to know if the deal was relatively equal. Let it go. Money's nothing between friends.

If this relationship is not what we've assumed, then chalk this trade up for experience--don't let impulse overcome the need for research when dealing with strangers and acquaintances.

jefnvk
September 21, 2004, 09:39 AM
If both of you are happy it was a good trade.

Thats very true. I had a deal a while back where I walked out on the winning side (moneywise) bigtime. He knew he was losing money, too. OTOH, he got exactly what he wanted for something he didn't use, I got exactly what I wanted for something I didn't use, and everyone was happy.

foghornl
September 21, 2004, 10:58 AM
It is a good deal when all walk away happy, each thinking he got the better end of the deal.

If both of you are satisfied, then the cash differential does not matter.

Tharg
September 22, 2004, 05:43 AM
heheh - ya'll pointing out the high road....

but now ya'll got me wondering who DID come out ahead....

OK OK - so friends did ok by one another...

now assume two strangers, who came out? Someone get taken? or was it pretty even?

inquiring minds want to know :D

J/Tharg!

Jason Demond
September 22, 2004, 06:59 PM
VZ24 $90.00
870 $250.00
Barrel $80.00
Chokes and case $35.00

=$455.00

You would have been lucky to get that from a dealer. You both you and your friend are happy, then you did ok. As long as he lets you shoot it!;)

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