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.