Thanks for your time to reply. I have been interested in readng all your replies on a number of topics, you seem very knowledgable.
Please take time to analyze my following essay, and offer any opinion.
I'm considering a purchase of the rifle, they want 500.00, it is in excellent cond, 90% blue, wood original w/normal darkness from handling and slight nics and dings here and there, no cracks, has metal buttplate, no rust anywhere, some tiny dark spots here and there where rust might have formed over the years, has original open sights positioned perfectly on center front and rear, the rear sight is set at its lowest elevation setting. I dismantled the rifle with the two thumb screws, the large round one has good notches to hold it and the front spin nut has not scarred the side plate at all, the assembly is very tight, however firing the gun 6 times loosened the front nut slightly downward. The inner parts are still blued and showing normal contact wear where they should, the extractor and ejector are both very strong. The barrel is very bright with many twists of rifling, I cant tell really how worn the rifling is because I dont know what they should look like as far as definition, but compared to other guns I have it looks very good and not worn as evidenced by its accuracy.
The magazine functions perfect locking both in and out. Some of the material I've read suggest that the little slide button on the right side plate above the trigger is a safety, however the only function I can derive from the slide button is to lock/release the pump action when loaded and cocked. Would keeping the pump locked when loaded be considered a safety of sorts?
I shot the gun one full magazine, it functioned perfectly, I hit a 14" metal disc standing position off shoulder, 100yds 6 for 6, I was amazed how well it handled and is not loud at all, almost no recoil. It comes with partial box ammo (30 rounds) Remington 100gr soft tip the box is marked 17.50 and looks quite worn from storage in the hard plastic carrying case, no papers etc. The price of the ammo would suggest that it has not been fired it quite a while. Where is a good source of ammo now? Do you think ammo will be available in the future at a reasonable price, it is now 20/25.00 box. Would it be possible to get an owners manual for the rifle?
From what I can read a price of 400.00 would be more accurate however the only ones I can find for sale are 25-20 calibers. I have a book "Modern Guns" by Russell Quertermous a couple of years old that suggest excellent condition is 315.00, very good 250.00.
Do you think the serial no. under the buttstock would have a bearing on its worth, I would hate to mess up a screw getting it off before I buy it, the srews appear to never have been removed. Ir the ser. no. is important I will attempt to get it.
Would you offer personally or direct me to more information about the rifle's worth and history? I would offer to pay you for your advice and help.
I will need to make a decision by tonight about the purchase.