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Now I have my first rifle I can stop finding people who want rid of theirs

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by ben_tucka, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. ben_tucka

    ben_tucka Donator

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    okay so the title might be quite an exaggeration but since buying my hatsan 55s and stating I have an air rifle, I have been offered two more, one is a pistol which i will buy (not sure on make or model atm)

    Then Ive had the offer of a SMK 17 does anyone know anything about this rifle? apparently its a .22 does have some form of scope, but he warns it may have signs of rust. I thought if anything it might be good just to strip down the rifle so I can clean mine without worry at a later date. but money hasn't been decided on. does anyone have an approximation on the cost of one of these rifles?

    Thanks Ben.
     
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    They aren't that much new, especially if it's rusted I'd start at £30, and walk away at 40.
     
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    "May have signs of rust" should probably be interpreted as "looks like it's been at the bottom of the sea for 50yrs"..

    If you've already got something you're happy with, I wouldn't waste your time unless it's next to free..
     
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    save your pennies and buy the best quality you can reach to - IMHO the smk17 would be a waste of time and money
     
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    thanks guys :)

    Is it not worth getting to learn to strip and rebuild it? if I can get it for cheap?

    Thanks
    Ben.

    P.S Im interested to know what scope he has on it though :)
     
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    If it's cheap then yes it's worth buying to play with and give you the confidence to tackle your Hatsan. I bought an old Relum for this exact purpose and have since stripped and relubed my other spring rifles and am now half way through a full refurb on the Relum. As it was cheap, i don't care if i mess it up.
     
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    As already pointed out, if its cheap then you can learn the basics of stripping, polishing, lubeing etc without fear of making mess of it. Even the stock can be experimented with (if it needs it or you want to)
     
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    yeah it sounds fun, I love a good project to play with :) would really like to be able to refurbish and upgrade an existing gun it would be interesting. even if it is pointless.

    how can the stock be experimented with? (sorry if this is a daft question)

    Ben.
     
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    The most obvious with a stock is the condition. If it is scratched or dented then it can have the finish removed, scratches and dents repaired, perhaps a colour change with wood stain and then an oiled finish. All learned as you go, plenty of advice on this forum. Even more adventurous, you can change the grip to suit your hand, or perhaps fit an adjustable butt pad? Imagination and experiment. Take a look at the Gallery on here and if what you want to do is not clear, just ask.
     
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    thanks guys well I will probably start down at £20ish and if the scopes are any good maybe come up a bit. I do like the idea of experimentation, although I might end up with a gun that looks awesome but shoots like crap :)

    Just be good to tinker :) btw if a barrel is rusty can this be fixed?

    Thnaks /guys
    Ben
     

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