Was in the pawn shop yesterday and heard something calling my name. I didn't have a 30-06 to round out my collection, so I picked up this used (and absolutely filthy) Savage 110. (clean now though after some time with the all purpose brush, patches, rags and CLP )
Whoever had it must have kept it in their wood working shed or something, because it had a cake of dust covering it that was unbelievable. There were a couple of spots on the barrel where it looked like someone had steel wooled some rust and about 4" of bluing was almost gone. No pitting though. It was just ahead of the stock on the barrel, on the side facing the camera in the picture. The blueing was also worn pretty bad within about 1/2" of the muzzle, but the barrel crown is flawless. Some cleaning and few doses of Van's Instant Blue and now it looks almost like new, except a few scratches on the stock. (Van's is a great product for touch up blueing BTW)
The bore is in nice shape suprisingly, (checked it 1st before purchase) with nice sharp rifling, bolt locks up nice and tight and I got it for $279. The scope is a cheapy Simmons that I will likely upgrade later, but the mounts are good. The sling is ok and will suffice for long walks in the deer woods. Where I am sure it has been before, because there was actually a substantial amount of deer hair inside the stock under the barrel...???? (strange I know, but true none the less. I couldn't have made something like that up for God's sake.)
I had plans to purchase a new base model Stevens 200. The best price I could get around here was in the $350 range OR by the time I added shipping and transfer fees from gunbroker a $299 rifle would have been about $350, so I got a used one with all the extras (if you count the cheap scope) for a pretty decent price I guess. If it is as good a shooter as my other Savage, then I'll put a Nikon on it this summer and it'll be a nice hunting rifle.