Re: Max. gun show price for nice LE #4 in Memphis?
You are very fortunate to see such an attractive selection.
It must be the lack of cheap surplus ammo, or the need to clean out the corrosive pot. chloride, that causes so many nice LEs to be for sale? Don't want to pay shipping+FFL on any gun, ever again. Have spent far too much on these costs, due to my impatience or ignorance, or both.
At the Memphis gun show two weeks ago, the only #4 in original condition (not chopped down) had either cosmo or residue in the bore, even after the seller pushed a patch through it. I could not trust the condition and gave up on it.
What really surprised me was that a different private seller had an almost excellent original #5 for $350, all-matching, barely legible. The bluing is almost perfect with very good bore/rifling, but inscriptions for builder and bolt head number are rubbed away.
Back to #4s: an older guy here with a very small gun shop ("Phil's Guns") wants about $600-699 for a near-mint Longbranch which was built after WW2. The bore looks like a mirror.
The cheek rest is screwed into the stock, but is maybe a 4T? The price appears way too high for this.
Last edited by Laufer; 10-03-2009 at 01:54 AM..