Thank you Nitro, you are right on the money...And ---no disrespect to you, LG, but why should I not try to get the most for my hard-earned? Especially given that, ultimately, things like that rifle are very much a specialty item and a luxury. I have a 30-06. I have a couple Lee-Enfields. I can hunt whitetail for the rest of my life with any of those rifles.
I don't NEED it, I can do without it. There is no urgency. Pretty much anybody who's likely to get interested in such a gun will be in a similar situation. And in downtimes, luxury goods are often hard to sell, as has been the case with that rifle. Last week the seller had a buyer. This week he's ready to bargain...some. Am I being unfair to the guy? No, I don't think so, given that there is nothing deceptive about my communication. Factor in the fact that the man won the rifle, and it seems to me things are pretty square.
And on a related topic...I've come across a Steyr L in .243, full stock, middlin' scope mounted, exc. condition claimed. Man wants 1200. Thoughts?