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Author Topic: Good Used Rifles  (Read 1021 times)

Offline Viking1204

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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2019, 12:30:28 PM »
I've bought a lot of my JM Marlins at Pawn shops, the one that still eludes me though is the .35, seems Marlin didn't make a lot of them or people just hang on to them! The good thing about my local go to pawn shop is they'll allow me to buy a gun on layaway as most of the time when I find something I want at the price I want I don't have the cash to buy outright!
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2019, 03:50:34 PM »
I wonder if that's a regional thing Viking.  Most of the Marlin lever guns I see (centerfire) are 30-30, but it seems like after that .35 is the next most common.  Almost grabbed one a couple of years ago, but the bore made me nervous so let it go.
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2019, 05:59:00 AM »
A few years ago, picked up a NIB Marlin X7 VH in 308...it is basically a bolt action rifle with the combination of a Remington with a Savage Trigger with a light weight heavy barrel, the reason why I say light weight heavy barrel because it feels light when I pick it up....but the darn thing has the same diameter as a #4 light varmint barrel (according to Shilen Website) I added a break and a Vortex CF II 3-9X x 40mm Scope on it and have a shade under $500 in the rifle, break and scope...shoots about 1 MOA at the range...see photo...I picked it up in Jan or Feb...so not only is buying a used rifle such as a custom rifle or a cooper or similar but it is also a good time to buy one now because nobody is interested in a deer rifle now

Sure I have a couple Marlin 336 in 30-30 and one in 35 Remington as well...with the new Hornady LeveRevolution ammo these rifles went from 2 to 3 inch groups down to 1 inch groups...so I switched all my ammo out.....had a 444 Marlin Glenfield at one time and it was rough and refinished it and sold it to a guy that was going black bear hunting that same year....was using the 240 grain ammo...back then my eyes were still pretty good, so I did not use a scope, just open sights....

Yes, Marlin makes some very good rifles, hope they stick around for a long time.....
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2019, 06:28:18 PM »
I bought a used Hi-Point 995 TS just to have. Easy to operate accuracy is fine. Just something to plink with thatís ammo wonít bust the bank $$
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2019, 06:34:44 PM »
Flint - I bought the same model as you did, plus plenty of extra magazines, bi-pod, front grip and optic sight....love the fact that you can put two extra 10 shot magazines one of each side on the stock, see pictures.....

Have taken it to the range and shot it at 50 yards, but now removed the sight as shown in the picture and mounted a Burris Fast Flight 2 Red Dot on it. Plan to use it for home defense and have loaded it up a 20 round magazine but keep the 2 10 shot extra magazine mounted on the stock just in case I get into a fire fight........

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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2019, 04:07:17 AM »
What about Good Used Scopes? - Well, I try to buy the rifle scopes brad new, in the box, NIB....but Binoculars, and Spotting scopes are a different manner....we know that rifle scopes take a pounding and a beating from just carrying them to and from the stand, to the range, just cleaning them, etc.....but with Binoculars and Spotting Scopes, that is a different story, but buy with some where that at least will take them back within a reasonable time frame...say a week or so....

I have two really good spotting scopes that I did buy used. A Leupold Gold Ring 12X40 x 60mm (Zig-Zag style) and a Ziess Straight !5-45X x 60mm See picture attached I purchased as Demo Products from SWFA or Optic Planet....The Little Vortex Razor and the Swarovski, Burris, Bushnell and the Konus I did cough up the bucks to buy them new ....but I have had no problems, matter of fact the Leupold Small Compact Spotter stays in the truck year round and it has never given me a moment of trouble since I got it!!!

The Zeiss and the Vortex I take to the range and generally leave in the truck from now till end of season....I will set on up for big three (Swarovski, Zeiss and Leupold) up for longer ranges and set the Vortex Viper 11-33X, the Bushnell 12-36X x 40mm, or Burris Fixed 20X up for 50 and 100 yards....The Konus 20x60X x 100mm (huge sucker), I picked up a few years ago because got it from Midway for a shade over $100 some ridiculous low price...a few months later I picked up a Konus 1.5-6X x 44mm with a 30mm tube, nice scope for the money....

Binoculars - IF you know the original owner and the history of the binoculars then used would be OK, I bought a pair of $1000 binoculars for $500 from a guy whom I bought my Cooper 280 AI from, he told to try them and if I did not like them then send them back for a full refund, almost said no to the deal but glad now that i SAID Yes...besides being a little heavy, they are great binoculars...they are a standard 10X40mm but they are very good to take on a trip, even came with a nice case....

In closing - I would say buying used is OK but stick with the big name brands, like Leupold for example, you can buy it and then send it back and get it updated, if needed, cleaned, inspected for free.....and from people you deal with...that would help....love to hear comments on this...good and bad comments....
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2019, 09:40:20 PM »
Yeah Bo, I wouldn't buy a used scope unless it was something like a Leupold with a lifetime warranty that applies to any owner.
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2019, 07:34:18 PM »
I never considered used bino or scopes , but thatís just the way I roll I reckon.

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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2019, 11:04:24 AM »
Yeah Bo, I wouldn't buy a used scope unless it was something like a Leupold with a lifetime warranty that applies to any owner.

my thought exactly. never know if if has been dropped or something
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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2019, 07:43:15 PM »
    I have bought a used spotting scope, a couple scopes and a pair of binos.  All 4 were used Leupolds. 1 scope and the spotting scope went back for repairs at Leupold and were fixed and repaired for no charge. If anyone has any cheap used Leupolds for sale, I'm your guy.    A guy from work has a vx2 4-12 x40 with CDS and says it wont stay sighted in. He said he will sell it cheap but hasn't brought it in yet.

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Re: Good Used Rifles
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2019, 11:12:28 PM »
The only scope I would consider buying previously own if it was a Leupold or it came mounted on the rifle like my Cooper M22 with the Swarovski AV mounted on the rifle.....

Like everyone here, I would hesitate in buying a used scope from a unknown source.....
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