Originally Posted by hkruss
Any suggestions on what to pick will be appreciated!
If you want a good shooter more than a collector, don't worry to much about the finish of the stock. Make sure the muzzle crown doesn't have any burrs or major dents. The main thing about the barrel that will affect accuracy, other than the crown, is erosion in the chamber throat, so check that if you can. Don't worry too much about a dark bore either. Shiny and clean is better, but, as long as it isn't pitted or scratched, I've seen M1903's and M1's that had almost black bores but were still great shooters.
If you can look at the inside, check the operating rod for any bends. Last, just make sure that the sight adjustment knobs are tight but free moving and the receiver isn't loose in the stock.
As far as a manufacturer, I would personally pick anything but a Springfield, just because i already have one. I do have a preference for H&R and International Harvester; but that's just me.
Have fun and enjoy. Let us know how it works.
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