I bought a 1952 39A a couple years ago for $565 on GunBroker. Added another $35 for the FFL transfer. I'm not a collector but wanted a J* model like my dad had that was the first rifle I ever shot. I'm sure I spent more than some would have but I wanted it. I wasn't buying it to resell so the cost was less an issue. Except for the bluing wear on the hammer, I'd put the rifle at about 98%. It was all original but missing the site hood, and bullseye. Not sure about your FTE issues but I've found that if I tighten the screen too much, it effects my results. Too tight and it sounds like mechanical junk. Too loose and the bolt pops out. Good Luck on yours!