Found a used pss(308), $1250, good deal?


December 27, 2006, 07:42 PM
26" barrel, less 100 rounds fired, leopould 3x9x40 scope, harris bipod,
pelican case, bulter flip up covers
The gun has a trigger job and glass bedded from a gunsmith.
Is this a good deal? Or should I buy a new one?

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December 27, 2006, 09:47 PM

You'll pay about $500 less for a new PSS, sans the accessories and smithing work. I'd say it's a fair price.


Don't Tread On Me
December 27, 2006, 09:58 PM
On Gunbroker, they typically go for closer to $800 new.

The Leupold is worth $300 if it is an FX-II.

Gunsmithing is worth something, then again, a lot of folks do the bedding themselves. Trigger job might be worth it, I take it, it is a trigger job - not a replacement trigger?

Harris can go from $60 to $85. The case is a nice case.

If the rifle truly has less than 100rds (not some burned out barrel)...then I'd say that is a fair to good deal depending on which model Leupold that is and how much the case costs.

Why are they selling it? Did it not meet the accuracy expectations? Person needs the money? Some guys shoot a rifle of this quality, get 1moa (which is fantastic) and sell it in disgust for a super high-dollar custom to get that 0.5moa people talk about on the internet. Hopefully it's one of those situations, and the rifle is not a lemon. You'll be surprised how many folks give up on a firearm quite fast because of internet hype. Then again, it all depends on their intentions or uses.

Good luck.

December 27, 2006, 11:01 PM
it depends entirely on which model of scope it is and what condition the glass is in. never believe anyone who tells you a rifle has only about 100 rounds through it.

as for the bedding, you're taking a chance there. there's nothing wrong with the factory job and it should be free-floated. so, if the gunsmith was a hayseed, you're prob better off with a new one from the factory.

in any case, it's not a 'deal' but it could be a fair price.

if it's a real pelican case, taht could be worth more than the scope.

you MIGHT get an indication on the quality of the bedding job by a close inspection of how the scope was mounted. i.e. quality rings, lapped, etc

December 27, 2006, 11:27 PM
It comes down to the quality of scope, rings and scope mount. They would have to be high end to make the deal worth while.

December 28, 2006, 12:30 AM
The gun already has an aluminum bedding block integral to the H-S Precision police stock that hallmarks the PSS line from the Varmint series. If a gunsmith really bedded the gun, all he did was skim-bed the action into the bedding block, then torque down the action screws to 65 inch pounds or so.

I've done the same thing to my PSS, it takes very little time and even less bedding compound, because all you're doing is maximizing what's already a particularly good receiver/bedding block interface by eliminating any potential voids between the two. The action should be solidly bedded either by using the integral aluminum block, or with the addition of the bedding compound between the two.

The barrel should be free-floated. If there's any bedding between the barrel and stock, it shouldn't extend more than about an inch up the barrel from the receiver and recoil lug, merely to help support that 26" heavy barrel and keep some stresses off the receiver and action screws.

Trigger adjustments on stock Remington 700 triggers aren't too difficult to do, mine's set at a safe 2 lbs without any further modification and passes the butt-smack/bolt-slam test.

December 28, 2006, 12:34 AM

You have to pay money for a pss...?


I usually just take one.


December 29, 2006, 11:13 PM
On the PSS: I have the same rifle, as to trigger job. You can adjust the trigger yourself, turned mine down to 1 1/2 lb. Its not hard, there's 2 screws
on the assembly, one for trigger pull the other for travel if I remember correctly ( I can look it up for you).
If you plan on shooting long range, you may want a higher power scope, a leupold 8.5 x 25 x 50 sits on mine. Same bi-pod and similar case.
If its set up okay with you, its an okay price.


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