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Remington 700 from a Pawn Shop?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by johnnyc, Jan 8, 2010.

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  1. johnnyc

    johnnyc Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    I found what appears to be a nice Remington 700 chambered in 7mm magmun at a local pawn shop. They are asking $450 for it. Is this something I should look into, or do only idiots buy guns from pawn shops? To the credit of this shop, they've been around forever and are supposed to be very good with firearms. If I should proceed, how should I inspect the rifle? (or should I just take it to a gunsmith?)
    I also found Remington serial number codes online that I'll look into.

    DRYHUMOR Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    I've bought from pawnshops before, just go into a deal with both eyes open.

    I guess you need to ask yourself if that caliber is what you want, and you can afford to shoot it. Good for hunting, but a bit pricey to shoot paper. A bit hard on the shoulder too if you shoot it a lot.

    Not a bad price, depending on condition. You might haggle some though, this time of year with hunting season over, most hunting rifles will sit until close to next season. You might point that out to the shop, if you get serious.

    Inspect it with an eye to any unusual wear, turn the bolt in. It should rotate freely with no binding spots. Remove the bolt and look at the face, where the end of the bullet rests against it. Does it have a lot of brass color/residue, or does it look reasonably new.
    Get a light to look down the bore with. If you shine it onto a slip of white paper placed in the chamber area, it will light up the bore with less glare. Shouldn't be any rust or pitting. Inspect the muzzle area right where the rifling ends at the very edge of the bore, this is the crown, it should be uniform with no nicks or dings all the way around the inside edge. See if the shop will let you dry fire it at least once. Trigger pull should be smooth with no binding until it breaks. The pull weight can be adjusted if you think it is too much. Check the scope mount holes and make sure the threads are not boogered up.

    As far as wood and cosmetics, scratches, dings on the outside. That's your call.
  3. Fremmer

    Fremmer Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    There's nothing wrong with buying a firearm from a pawn shop.

    Check that rifle out as the prior post recommends. Is it an ADL, BDL, CDL, or SPS? The price is fair if an ADL or SPS. The price is good if it is a BDL or CDL.

    Make sure you haggle at least a little: $450.00 out the door (including tax and instant check) makes it a good deal! Let us know what you decide.
  4. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    I've bought quite a few guns from pawn shops. I've gotten some really nice guns at low prices. Go in with cash in hand and always offer $50-$100 less than they are asking. You can usually get a deal.
  5. joed

    joed Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    I wouldn't hesitate to buy a gun from a pawn shop. In fact I found some nice deals in a few.

    You didn't mention if the rifle has a scope or iron sites. Still $450 is a good price depending on condition.

    As mentioned, what do you want it for? The 7mm Mag has some recoil to it. I had a Win 70 in that cartridge and a 700 Classic in .300 H&H Mag. I ended up selling the 7mm and keeping the .300 mag. Wish I hadn't sold the 7mm but I have to many rifles and the .300 Mag seemed to do everything the 7mm could.

    If you want this strictly for target shooting I'd go with something smaller.
  6. Average Joe

    Average Joe Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    Easton, PA
    I've bought from pawn shops before, just make sure you know the price of the gun you want before you buy, that way, you will know if you are getting a good deal or not.
  7. wishin

    wishin Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    Have purchased guns from a pawn shop. Some excellent advice from Dryhumor.
  8. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    Heart of Dixie - Alabama
    Buying from a Pawn shop is a great way to save a lot of money. I worked at one for several years. I would suggest that you do research on the particular model to see what if any problems or issues have come up on that item. Most people in a pawn shop know what to look for when taking in an item, excessive wear, misuse, damage, but sometimes things will slip thru. Some people will pawn their rifles because they just want a safe place to store for extended time, some will pawn due to being between a rock and hard place, others will pawn or outright sell because it might have problem and they had no intention of ever returning to reclaim it. One of the most important thing is never give the asking price!! It was our policy to never give much more that 1/4 to 1/5th the resale value that means if they want to recover their investment you can make offers that would seem way too low and you might be surprised that they take it.
    Good luck.
  9. fgr39

    fgr39 Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    I've gotten two really good deals at a pawn shop in the last month. a Sears marked Marlin 101 for $55 and a 1955 Marlin 336 in .35 Rem for $185. Both of those were out the door prices. And both are amazing guns, they were just dirty, filthy, but cleaned up real nice. Like others have said, really check it over.
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