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Old 02-17-2017, 11:10 AM
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Have a chance to buy an 8 3/8th m53. It has a leupold scope mounted on it (no interest in the scope), diamond targets, sao trigger. Asking 600, probably get it for a little less.


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Old 02-17-2017, 11:14 AM
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Buy it and hope scope mount didn't mess up top strap and owner still has rear sight. You can flip it / trade bait... for that price if you decide later you don't want it.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:19 AM
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Do these scope mounts use the rear sight screw holes or will it be riddled up with new ones?
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Sorry, can't see the pic, but the scope should be worth $150, and the grips prolly o'er $100.... so gun should be worth it.

If you're intending to shoot it: do you reload? Ammo can be found but not cheap, and it's not like walking down to wally world to pick up a box. I think that should be a consideration when buying.

So, was the gun modified for scope mount? or a no drill mount used? Were the sights removed, and are they still available?

the sao would bother me... just that it was modified, so someones been monkeying around inside....
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If the top strap was drilled for the mount and/or the rear sight isn't available I'd pass. Ammo a problem if you don't reload.
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I am going to pass on it. It hasn't been drilled/tapped, the rear sight is gone, and it has some putting on the frame...
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PPU makes the Ammo now.
Reeds also
About 30-35 for a box of 50.
Buy it. Sell the scope n buy the rear sight. Offer less. And go from there. I believe it's worth that easy.
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Before you remove the scope may want to try it. Takes getting used to to line your eye up but gets easier in time. I have eight long barreled scoped S&W guns (all have Leupold mounts). All my plastic gun buddies are changing their range schedules to get in on the fun. Instead of dumping a $100 in ammo into a silhouette their discovering the diminishing world of target shooting. That guns worth close to double that price.
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After reading all the above its worth what he is asking and maybe more. Jeff
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I have to agree depending on how much rust is on the gun. Big Larry
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For $600 that gun would have already been in my gun safe...

If it had the screw in front of the trigger guard that would have been a 1961 first year of production no- gun...with the diamond walnut grips it very well could have been.

Take the scope off, get a new rear sight and that gun could have been rolled over for $850-1000 plus the sale of the scope and mount...

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If that was local here I'd be on it like a pitbull on a bone. I've had Jets, but all were 6". Always wanted an 8-3/8".
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