Utah Wildlife Forum banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
961 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm considering buying a used rifle. Is there a checklist of things to look for to ensure that the gun hasn't been abused or otherwise worn out? Or should one just take it to a gunsmith first?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,137 Posts
There really isn't a checklist because a great deal depends on what kind of used rifle you are in the market for. If you are a collector and looking for an authentic historical firearm, then many factors come into play that don't mean anything to someone just looking to tow one behind their 4-wheeler like EPEK does with his bow.

As far as the basics:

-Check the bore to make sure there is no rust or damage. This can be done with a portable bore light.
-Sight down the barrel looking for any bulges or bends.
-Inspect the finish for anything other than the normal wear and tear (small scratches, minor wear on the bluing, etc. all happen during field use).
-Look at the action and if applicable take the firearm down. It's easy to clean up the exterior of a gun but when you look at the bolt, action, etc. be on the lookout for signs of hard use. Rust or damaged parts being the most apparent. A well-kept gun will be clean with no rust, and the parts will have a light coating of oil.

Beyond that make sure the gun is functional and as represented in the ad.
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
Top