I have been looking for a 45/70 cowboy for a while and my shop has two in the rack and here is the delema; one is new w box $650 and 2004 manufacture, fit and finish is ok and the action is a little rough.the other looks to be very lightly used, like new fit and finish a little better and the action feels much better , some one put swivel stud in the bullseye but the gun feels better $585. This second gun is a 2009 manufacture and I am seeing that Tomray has stated that this is the year that the Toyota assembly killed the quality. Should I go with save a few bucks or not? The used guns fit and finish seem better.
Thank you for any help, I make the deal today.
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Based on what you are saying, I would go with the 2004 model. I was in the same boat a few weeks ago, as I had looked for one for quite a while. I was able to get a NIB 2006 manufactured 1895cb for $625 otd. I felt very lucky to get a NIB older one for the price, and never hesitated to buy it. There was an 09 model for sale locally, but it had terrible metal to wood fit and was $50 more than the 06 model that I know proudly own. Several of these are now going for $700 and up on the auction sites. Get the one you want and never look back. You'll never truly be happy if you save a few bucks just to settle for something. Buy it and grin from ear to ear all the way home.
BTW - The drilled out bullseye is an easy fix. Just be glad the bullseye is drilled and not the Walnut buttstock.
Well, I would buy the $650 NIB, because it is a bit older model. The 2009 model is too close to the transition and may have issues. The price will make absolutely no difference in a year or so, buy the gun not the price. Examine the used one closely if that is the one you want and remember someone sold it for a reason.
And you can smooth the action. Most new rifles need it.