Rimfire Central Firearm Forum banner

Best "sleeper" you ever bought?

4784 Views 62 Replies 45 Participants Last post by  James Cottrell
Guns that "shoot better than they should".
You know, the kind of stuff that you didn't expect much from before you shot it, but proved to be real gems.

I'm lucky enough to have a few, which I stumbled across here and there over the years.
For handguns, I'd say it's my Taurus 96. Much better than expected (or paid).
For rifles, either a FrankenRuger 10-22 or an old Marlin-made Sears bolt .22.
And to sneak in a .22 air rifle, I have an RWS springer that turned out to be much more than I bargained for.

What's yours?
  • Like
Reactions: 1
1 - 1 of 63 Posts
I bought a Swiss K-31 from AIM Surplus. At the time I had a C&R license and they had apparently purchased a large supply and were selling the less-than-pristine samples for $59.95. The price included delivery to my door. I bought a clamp-on scope mount and put an old Tasco 10X on it and shot a 5 round, 100 yard group that measured less than 1/2" center to center.

Because the thing ejected straight up the scope had to be offset to the right side of the receiver, making it awkward to shoot except off the bench, and changing distances made it necessary to dial in dope on the scope for both elevation and windage. My eyes, by that time, weren't good enough to sort out the factory open sights, so I sold it to fund the purchase of a Remington 700. Nevertheless, that old ratty looking K-31 may be the most accurate rifle I've every owned.

  • Like
Reactions: 1
1 - 1 of 63 Posts