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Best "sleeper" you ever bought?

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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?
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I was at a local gun auction just before deer season a couple of years ago. As expected, people got stupid over the deer rifles; I went because I was interested in a couple of older shotguns they had. The shotguns were both too rough to interest me, so I browsed the rest of the offerings. On one of the tables was a little .25 automatic, and I nearly passed over it, thinking it was just another chrome Lorcin Saturday night special, and then I happened to notice it said “Colt” on the grips. Not something I was particularly in the market for, but when the bidding stalled at $150, I knew it was worth more than that, being about an 80% gun and nickel plated, so I jumped in there and got myself a Colt 1908 Vest Pocket pistol for $160. I knew I got a good deal, but was surprised when I got home and cracked the Blue Book, and found it was worth $800-900!
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My Savage FV-SR
Back in the 70's i got a 1922 Springfield 3 digitSN for $`140.00. Shot it for years and used it for squirrels. My eyes could not work the sights anymore and I refused to drill and tap it so I sold it and bought a CZ 452.
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