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Let the buyer beware..I have shyed away from buying USED outdoor products and guns at gun show.. There are deals to be had. However sometimes some of the things that are used are broken and just not working like a new item..If you can fix it fine... However the people don't usually tell you. "OH the reloading die has a part missing inside. Or the 222 Savage Mopdel 340 with that scope on it ejection is quite not working the best the round sticks. Or the Dan Wesson 357 Mag cylinder just doesn't quite advance when you have ammo in the cylinder. Or that kit you buy with a scope level inside and wind meter is over priced since if you buy it new by itself and not a kit it's cheaper.. Just beware when you buy things at shows that are used or called a kit...That Dan Wesson I speak of is now an outstanding firearm. It cost me about $30.00 to have a gunsmith fix the cylinder... Still got a good deal now that it's fixed but these gun dealers need to be selling quality items that have been fixed not broken items that you couldn't possibly even shoot at a gun show or even run live round through the chamber.. sometimes it might be better to support the local gun shop and buy things 2nd hand from them.. At least you can take it back and say. Hey this is not working of course you know a gun shop is going to make sure things are working...Maybe?
 

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only thing I ever bought at a gun show other than a beer was a barrel for my model 51 Ithaca. Was a good barrel and the beer was warm.
 

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For some, like me, buying new pays. It's new; I don't buy it for a few years, I keep the item in good condition; it lasts for me for years.

Ha, Never overestimated my gun repair work. Reduce my costs in other ways.
 

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there is more money made by gun shops in the sale of used items then there is for new items. If a person has a gun and someone wants it bad enough they will pay for it.. New guns..ah they have to prove themselves as good shooting guns.. many people like the model 88 Win and will pay for them but they don't shoot that good..I had one I got rid of it... Best thing I ever did...
 

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many people like the model 88 Win and will pay for them but they don't shoot that good..I had one I got rid of it... Best thing I ever did...
I thought the 88 was cool until I picked one up, saw how it handled and cycled the action. Felt clunky to me, so I don't ever see myself falling for that one. Now the model 71 is another story...............
 

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I purchased a Model 88 308 Win in the USCG. It was cheap buying it through the exchange. About $100.00 back in 1971. Most inaccurate gun I ever owned. frustrated I traded it for a Ruger # 1 243. Best thing I ever did.. Now that's a gun IMO!!!
 

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I have a model 88 circa 1958 that I inherited from my uncle. I put a decent leupold on the gun, and have it shooting 1 inch groups at 100 yards. Shot several tight groups, so it wasn't an accident. Sorry about your 88's, but the one i have is a shooter.
 

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You always take a chance buying used, but yes at a gun show it can go either way and if you don't know who you are buying from and then they are gone that's the chance you take.
 

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Well over half of my rifles and handguns were bought used, some over 40 years ago. Not one bad one in the bunch and some were bought at pretty good prices for the time period.

Used to attend gun shows on a fairly regular basis but never bought any firearms. Stocks, sights, parts, loading dies, ammo and other things, yep.

In my experience there have been few firearms bargains found at gun shows over the years. Have done much better with private sellers and small, rural shops for used firearms.

Last year I decided to sell a M788 Rem. in 243, so gave it to a buddy that regularly sells things at gunshows. Tagged it at $400, which is about $35 more than I had in it. Very good condition, new stock, Weaver bases.

He said the best offer he'd received was $350, so he brought it back. Yet I've seen them priced far higher than $400 at shows and the sellers wouldn't budge.

Some years ago at a Carlisle Expo show, several guys had M1 30 Carbines for sale. All were priced well above $550, some were over $600. Every one of them were "service grade" CMP Carbines (mostly Inlands), which at the time could be had for less than $475 from CMP.
 
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