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    Quote Originally Posted by VSala View Post
    The seller and I had a very good conversation today. They've offered a partial refund or I can send the rifle back to them. Now this made me very optimistic. So this evening while still kicking it around I decided to strip the receiver down and give it a really good cleaning which it very much needed. When I pulled the bolt out it was caked with what can best be described as mud or soft sticky dirt. The firing pin is partially frozen, not a big deal. Pulled the butt stock off and wow it was serial number on the inside flat areas that meed the receiver. Same serial number as the tang. The upper tang was also serial numbered on the said same number so all numbers matching!
    Tried to no avail to remove the small side screw which holds the trigger plate on, and the hammer screw. Both are completely frozen solid. I put over 80 inch pounds of force trying to turn them and all I did was twist two of my bits which I'm surprised they didn't break. No wonder those screw heads were slightly buggered up. They are either full rusted in place or someone put loctite on them! Either way I stopped and just said the heck with this.
    This has made my mind up. Banged up stock and can't break the receiver down to clean it. No wonder it was filthy! Going to get back to them tomorrow and just send it back for a refund. This honestly has really turned me off of buying something of GB that isn't new as firearms go.
    It can happen but I have bought a few from Gunbroker with good results. so I think most of the time the deal is as shown. If not I don't believe they would do the business they do.

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    " Going to get back to them tomorrow and just send it back for a refund."
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    A very wise decision!
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    Is there a reason the sellerís name/username isnít mentioned when these things end up on these forums? Anonymity is not helpful to anyone and does not encourage honesty among the parties.
    I bought a couple items from GB and have had good experiences in most cases...the biggest problem was my own fault when I bought a troublesome model due to ignorance and failure to READ the details of description. I sent it back and paid for the sellers shipping when they agreed to not leave poor feedback on my own fault.
    Anyway, I found a Mod 36 in 30-30 made the year of my birth (late 40ís) and in excellent condition for <$500. Not a scratch on it. In another deal I bought a Stevens 12 ga double that was near perfect for $220... the only flaw being the seller ( a FL pawn shop) had stamped their ID on the watertable (inside the action). The moral is: read every detail, insist on an inspection/return policy.
    My 2-cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyhunter View Post
    VSala - Sorry about that stock ding! I know what a downer that can be.
    I think it can be repaired. With the stock stripped, I'd try a damp towel and steam iron to raise that damage. Then a light sanding. You might be pleasantly surprised by the result.

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    Best method I have used is the steam line from a wallpaper stripper, use oven gloves to hold the steam line. This will shift major dents you can hold the steam line right against the ding, trust me this really works. Gar.
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    I would overlook the ding and focus on the 32 special part. it is a real nice caliber and even better with the perch belly.
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    An impact driver with a proper fitting hardened bit will remove any stuck screws. A few squirts of Kroil or PB Blaster on the threads the day before really does the trick. Impact drivers do things that regular screwdrivers can't.
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    I just fixed one like that on a 336. It had a bad gash/ding in the side of the buttstock. I decided the only way to fix it is to strip the stocks and use steam and sanding. I now have it where you can't tell it was ever damaged. I had to take the wood down some, so I made sure I feathered all around it and blended everything together. Most of the stocks aren't perfectly symmetrical from the factory, so it really doesn't have to be perfect from one side to the other. With one on top of the comb like yours, you'll have to block sand the whole comb down and make sure you don't have a dip. Be careful not to roll the edge over at the buttplate.
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    Thank you everyone for all your valued input, ideas, and comments. It was a very difficult choice and weighed all my options and what I want. After reaching out to the seller we had a few pleasant conversations and reached an agreement. The rifle was sent back to him today. He even provided a shipping label thus paying for the ride back. Once he's received it he will issue a full refund.
    So much search for that waffle top in 32 Win Spl. In the mean time if I come across a nice example in 35 Rem or 30-30 at the right price may also pick that up.
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    That doesn't look deep. I bet some sanding would help a lot. I would keep it

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    I didn't see where anyone mentioned looking for a replacement stock. Just get one from a more common .30-30 and swap them.

    I do feel the seller should have made a special point to draw attention to that damage...

    I saw only one .32 at this weekend gun show. It was rough by comparison, and more expensive.
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