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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:54 pm 
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Hey guys,

I am in the process of selecting a new rimfire pistol for Bullseye competitions. Recently, I stumbled upon a deal on Hammerli 208 International with safety for $900. Based on the pictures and description the gun is in excellent condition, tight fit and very clean bore. However, there are some minor rust spots under the trigger guard, on the front strap, and on beavertail. Every place where gun comes into contact with hands has rust spots.
What do you guys think about it? Is it a good deal or not? What are the options for fixing these rust spots? Re-bluing hot or cold, parkerization, maybe modern coating? Do you have any experience with rusting Hammerli 208? Looking forward hearing from you! Thank you!

P.S. Some shooters praise this gun to be almost ideal for bullseye, is it really true? How does Hammerli 208 stacks up against modern Walther SSP?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:28 pm 
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Reblue the right way, is it a 2 stage trigger ?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:32 pm 
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SixtyLion wrote:
Hey guys,

I am in the process of selecting a new rimfire pistol for Bullseye competitions. Recently, I stumbled upon a deal on Hammerli 208 International with safety for $900. Based on the pictures and description the gun is in excellent condition, tight fit and very clean bore. However, there are some minor rust spots under the trigger guard, on the front strap, and on beavertail. Every place where gun comes into contact with hands has rust spots.
What do you guys think about it? Is it a good deal or not? What are the options for fixing these rust spots? Re-bluing hot or cold, parkerization, maybe modern coating? Do you have any experience with rusting Hammerli 208? Looking forward hearing from you! Thank you!

P.S. Some shooters praise this gun to be almost ideal for bullseye, is it really true? How does Hammerli 208 stacks up against modern Walther SSP?


I have a Hammerli 208 International and love it. Great trigger, very adjustable, very reliable, very accurate. No rust on mine, so I can't comment on that. BlackCote in Pennsylvania (blackcote.com) does great work at a reasonable price.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:31 pm 
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I don't know about the trigger. What do you guys think is it a good deal for $900?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:39 am 
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too expensive in my opinion


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:28 am 
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SixtyLion wrote:
I don't know about the trigger. What do you guys think is it a good deal for $900?


If it has two or more magazines it's a fair price, IMHO.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:18 am 
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Thank you very much for your help guys!

Well, I got so distracted by the price and rust on this and missed the fact that the gun has a left-handed grip, which is a issue since I am right handed. Also, this gun comes with only one magazine. Even though price looks ok, if I would buy that gun I will have to pay extra for new grip, magazines, and some surface treatment, therefore I think I'll pass this one!

I just want to thank you guys again for all your help!!!


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