Scanning the ‘net, I came across this video hawking a heavily modified Remington for $1700. I’m a firm believer that a gun—or anything else—is worth exactly what someone will pay for it. Just for S&Gs, I sent the link to one of my gun gurus for his take. I’ve posted his no-holds barred analysis of murpheysmuskets‘ firearm after the jump. Bottom line: used cars and pre-owned guns, same deal. Unless you are an expert, get a guru or smith to go over it before you buy. Preferably in person.
The right gunsmith can make a Remington action very accurate. They usually strip the gun to the bones and “blueprint” it. All of the important parts are remachined and straightened to a higher spec than Remington uses. The smith installs a custom bull barrel and beds it into a good tactical stock.
It is not at all clear what was done to the action of this gun. I’m guessing the seller didn’t have the action blueprinted as he doesn’t mention it. And he’s using the factory barrel.
Overall, he’s not “talking the talk.” He doesn’t sound highly educated in terms of the ins and outs of precision shooting. While there’s no problem with that, the seller’s description of the gun puts his opinions in question.
The rifle puts a bullet inside a bullet at 300yds? There’s not a factory Remmy with factory ammo that can do that. A four grand tactical rifle shoots 1 inch at 300yds at best (3/8 MOA). Bench rest rifles can do better, but that’s not they type of rifle most people want.
The seller boasts that he can cycle the action with his pinky. I can’t do that with my $4000 rifles. It sounds like a loose action to me—not good. If the work was done by a noted smith, he would have said so.
The Jewell trigger is a great competition trigger but won’t hold up in the field—that depends on what you want. The stock is so-so as well as the scope—neither are top tier. Can’t tell the brand of bipod but I only shoot a specific Harris model. The $60 a box ammo sells for $30.
Back in the day when Walmart used to sell Remmies, people would buy a cheap rifle, strip in down and use the action as a “donor” action to do a custom build. It was cheaper than buying an action alone. Walmart no longer sells things that are designed to kill people, only the projectiles that go into things that kill people, and Remmy no longer sells just actions.
The gun is priced well, but I’d still bargain. Or pay a little more and get a lot more gun.
The only place that I know of to find high quality used precision rifles online is snipershide.com. Those guys know what they are talking about (obviously not everyone but most). Still, you’re always taking a risk that you will get taken whenever you are dealing [for a gun] sight unseen over the net from a stranger. You have been warned.