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#293763 09/17/12 11:12 AM
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Was in Hammond, IN the other day and they had a cased gun in the cabinet marked "Boss". SXS double trigger 20 bore. As new. It was priced $13,000 so while I didn't have the budget, I decided I'd buy it instantly if it wasnt sleeved and had good walls. (3 day inspection period would have been negotiated or I would have drove back with gauges)


I take it out and no sleeving! Then I look it over and not a single word "boss" on the thing.

It was a John Robertson box lock with side plates.

The proof marks said "cabelas Sidney, NB"! Then the Birmingham proofs were modern and looked electro penciled, not struck.

I realize Robertson worked with boss and made intro guns, but their unbelievable misrepresentation is akin to calling a William Evans a "Purdey".

The guys behind the counter knew nothing about guns. I asked to be shown their other English guns and they showed me three Parkers.

It would have been a fine gun for $5000-$6000.

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The used Boss Robertson at Cabela's is priced on their website at $15,999. The Boss website prices them at 6000BP to start, which is about $9700 today.

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Did it have English ported barrels ?

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Boss has really reached bottom. They could make a sidelock at least. I would buy a boxlock Boss before I would buy a sideplated one.

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You will find more three grand guns at Cabelas priced at ten grand than any where else. Problem is that many here are only interested in ten grand guns priced at three grand. If you are going to Cabelas, to buy a high grade or rare gun, you are going to the wrong place. The average gun room "expert" can only tell you if it comes in camo, not if it is in proof or if the barrel walls are paper thin.

If a seller can not afford a grand in tools and measuring instruments at each store then they are not to be trusted sell you a ten grand gun. Sorry, either get and learn how to use a wall thickness gauge and choke gauge or stick to selling camo guns. And Bullshit answers to important questions about a gun will not fly with a buyer who know more than the seller.

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Ah but deals are to be had there if one is a shrewd shopper, this was bought well below market




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Hi all, I've bought from Cabelas in the past, I've only returned one, it was easy and no problems. I do agree with Steve, sometimes you can get deals from them, you just have to be careful. Some are really way off in price and I do agree they need to invest in some "tools" and get off the "Black or camo" autos and pumps and train some folks in the "Library" in the classics that we love so much here.

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The guy in Sydney knows his way around a double, if he is still there.

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SKB, agreed. I purchased a Lindner Daly for a fraction of what I have seen them listed. To credit the expertise on this board, I did not know what I had until I posted questions about it, and gentlemen here enlightened me. I will make a trip to the local Cabelas later this week to look at an Ithaca Crass Gr.4. I will be carrying my own bore gauge, and barrel wall thickness gauge though.

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Don't knock it guys it's the best source of bargains for vintage guns. You do have to know what you are looking at.

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