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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BigBore44, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. BigBore44

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    So I was bored the other night at work. No one was dying or in respiratory distress. All my charting was done. And I still had 8 hours to burn on my 12 hour shift. So, I hopped on Armslist. Figured shopping for stuff I won’t buy isn’t the worst way to kill time. And I’ll be danged if on the very first page wasn’t an Interarms Mark-X Mannlicher in 308 with a Leupold QD Manager 3x9x40. Price was $525. So I messaged the guy thinking it was probably a scammer. There’s one on Gunbroker right now for $857 without the scope or rings. So, I lowballed him at $450. He countered with $500. So I agreed to meet.

    Well, long story short, I met the gentleman this morning after work. It’s in fantastic condition. Spent the better part of an hour in a grocery store parking lot talking to this older gentleman. Turns out he was liquidating his brother’s collection after he passed away. Broke my heart to see the pain in his eyes. And I felt guilty as hell for lowballing him. It was like I was being disrespectful to his brother’s memory. But I really thought it was a scam when I first messaged him.

    So we talked about life, our brother’s, and the memories we shared with them. Kinda sounds like a sad country song doesn’t it? But it was great. Two complete strangers, 45 years apart in age, just standing in a parking lot solving the world’s problems. One 82 and clean shaven and well dressed. The other a 37 year old guy with a big beard, scrub pants and a camo hoodie. Total opposites except our love for firearms and our brother’s.

    Oh yeah, the gun. So I offered him the full $525. And he wouldn’t take it. Said we agreed on a price and that’s the end of it. Just couldn’t argue with the guy. He was too nice. So I gave him the $500. He’s supposed to call me about a CZ target 22 his brother had also. And I’ve been looking for a CZ 22. Go figure. I won’t lowball him this time.

    Well here she is. What do you all think? Did I do good? CD4387FF-A39B-4058-91A9-69F57BE5DA14.jpeg 04E7A812-2D46-43A0-A728-E7A9EBC2EDB7.jpeg D268AC4A-979C-4CC8-8D4F-1CAAF8E69DBC.jpeg
     
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  2. Legionnaire
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    Very nice! Love the Mannlicher stock. Only improvement I can think of would be for it to be in 6.5x55 or 7x57. Still, an opportunity like that might get me back into .308 again!

    Good story, too. Thanks.
     
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  3. troy fairweather

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    Nice since you.got it for a good price I'd spend the $200 and get a necg double trigger then it would be perfect.
     
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  4. bannockburn

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    BigBore44

    Nice story about your transaction with this fine older gentleman.

    Always liked the look of the Mannlicher style stock, especially Interarms Mark X model.

    And yeah, you done good! Let us know how things go with the CZ .22.
     
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  5. DocRock

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    Stunning rifle! Enjoy.
     
  6. Alaskan Ironworker

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    Ive had 3 or 4 similar transactions with complete strangers. Hour or more long gun/hunting talks with strangers in the walmart parking lot. Fellow connoisseurs of the finer things in life (guns). I really like that rifle, I wouldnt mind picking up a mark x if the right caliber jumped out at me. Not sure what caliber that is yet lol, I have a serious addiction.
     
  7. gotboostvr

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    I'd have thrown my shoulder out again going for my wallet.

    While 308win isn't my most favoritest cartridge ever, I do already load for it and there's not much it won't do. Plus I really like manlicher stocks and mauser actions.

    Great score.
     
  8. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I think you done good!

    Yep, never had a bad meeting with anyone from Armslist. But I still arrange to meet in a well lit and busy public place.......
     
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  9. kBob

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    That is a pretty rifle... whether you should be wearing a mask when not at work or not.

    If he got what he wanted for it and you paid what you offered then all is good with the world.

    Dang if that would not look good on the wall over the closed TV hutch!

    -kBob
     
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    Very nice. I think you did well.
     
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  11. BigBore44

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    I wish it had been a 7x57. But for the price I couldn’t pass it up. And somewhere I have a timney trigger that will fit it. I just have to find it.
     
  12. Shanghai McCoy

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    You sure got a fine looking rifle and a heck of a deal. :thumbup:
     
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    Wow, I am seriously jealous. :)
     
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    Cool report and a gorgeous rifle.
     
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    Oh, and yeah, what he said... ;)
    :)
     
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    It's a great night when you're all done charting by 2300. I tool around Armslist myself at work when I'm done with charting and medpass, but i never find anything good...... Sweet rifle. Those zastava guns are nice.
     
  17. BigBore44

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    While I did find this one locally, I typically search vendors nation wide if I’m looking for something specific.
     
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    Turns out it’s a CZ 455 American with a cheap Bushnell scope. He’s asking “around $350”. Gun looks to be in phenomenal shape. He says no dents, dings, or scratches. And no bluing wear. I’m thinking he’s just about right on the price. New they are $386 plus tax and transfer. The scope and rings are about $40-$45. So $300-$325 seems pretty fair. 587FAFF0-2BF5-46DA-8A44-AA4E7C719B30.jpeg
     
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  19. Shanghai McCoy

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    That's a good looking 22.
     
  20. CapnMac

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    Yeah, we knock Bushnell for being cheap glass, but, since a person seldom is expecting to plink out past 200m with .22lr, they can be plenty good enough.
     
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    I completely agree. It will all depend on the crosshairs, if I get the CZ, whether the Bushnell stays or is replaced. I prefer fine crosshairs. I have an old Tasco Pronghorn from the early 80’s still in the box. It might find it’s way to its first rifle.
     
  22. Eddietruett

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    Great Gun you bought and a great story. I'd buy the .22 just from him being so kind with the first gun and you won't lose a dime at $350. CZ in my opinion makes one of the best .22 rifles ever. If you don't want the CZ, send me his info. I'll be his new best friend.
     
  23. loose noose

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    Excellent story, and a one beautiful rifle, I've always been partial to the mannlicher stock.
     
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