FaceTime the owner! That way you can see it better. From the pictures I would say the wood is nothing special.
It’s within driving distance but I’m skeptical as it is. I’m not sure what it would cost to ship it here for inspection.... or if the dealer would be willing too.Quite possibly lighting, IMO.
Would it be possible to do an inspection of the rifle before the sale is final?
Not sure you would want to absorb the cost of shipping a rifle (plus insurance), possibly both ways if you are not happy with it.
Although it would still be less expensive than trying to unload a Heym with ugly wood.
Edit - it would be difficult to say "no" to a rifle in hand. I hear it's worth two in the bush.
That’s actually a good idea! I’ll do that tomorrow. I agree though, nothing special...FaceTime the owner! That way you can see it better. From the pictures I would say the wood is nothing special.
I’m calling the dealer this morning to see what he will allow. Hopefully it works out.That’s a Martini Express rifle. They don’t make them in matte finish. The pictures are low resolution in poor lighting. I have 3 of them, my hunting partners have 2 more and I’ve handled a few dozen. I’ve never seen one with bad wood. This one might not be their best but I guarantee if you saw it in person it would be fairly nice. If it’s a good price, I’d request better high resolution photos or better yet get if for 3 day inspection.
I agree that it looks unfinished... it’s not what I’d expect from a Heym Martini.The stock looks like not finished. Also look like oiled. Stock may need to be smoothed and either oil finished or gloss finished. Wood looks good.