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    Auction Gambling - 1903 C-Stock?

    All,

    I buy and resell from auctions and sometimes take some gambles. This is especially true when it comes to online auctions that are frequently quite light on details.
    I'm a collector too, of course, and have scored some shameful deals for my own collection by perusing these online auctions. I hope this series will help illustrate that deals are still out there! This is not an advertisement -- just meant to be a fun little follow along.

    So, he's the skinny:






    Those are the only pictures I had to go on. Looks to me like that might be a C-stock but I can't see clearly the shape or if it's not cut down (gamble number 1 and 2). I can't see the muzzle of the barrel either (gamble number 3). It might come with more parts than shown in the pictures since the description wasn't exactly clear (gamble number 4).

    Now here's the fun part, my bid plus buyers premium came to only $115.50. With the parts we can see, I'll almost certainly come out even. If my gambles fall the way I hope, I could make a couple hundred (and have a nice 1903 receiver for a paperweight).

    I'll know my shipping costs early next week and maybe have the parts in my hands by the end of next week.

    Stay tuned!!

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    Sure a rough looking skeleton though. Hope that "C" stock works out, I've always liked them better.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcathey View Post
    and have a nice 1903 receiver for a paperweight)
    Are you going to rebulid it or are you going just for the stock. I might be intrested in the paperweight if you plan on turning it.
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    I won't be rebuilding this. That would quite quickly turn into a money pit unless there are indeed more parts than shown.
    I've PM'd regarding the rest.
    But again, I don't mean this to be an advertisement. More of a little behind-the-scenes type thing.

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    I've made similar gambles, but usually for parts I wanted for myself. I've picked up two A4 bolts on cheap sporters that were worth more than the what I paid for the rifles.

    You will come out ahead on that purchase I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Humphrey View Post
    I've made similar gambles, but usually for parts I wanted for myself. I've picked up two A4 bolts on cheap sporters that were worth more than the what I paid for the rifles.

    You will come out ahead on that purchase I suspect.
    That’s basically the hope.
    A little update, the auctioneer claims he’s not the “seller” and the seller is supposedly taking it to a gun store to ship to my FFL. The store still doesn’t have the rifle and I have no clue who this “seller” is or how to contact him.
    The auctioneer was all too happy to take my money though.
    It’ll get here eventually but it’s always interesting how much harder than necessary people make this.


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