I recently made what turned out to be a bad choice in an online purchase. I bought, sight unseen, a Savage SMLE from a private seller. Upon delivery I did a basic strip down and discovered that someone had drilled a hole in the furniture side of the chamber obviously making this gun very, very dangerous to shoot. In all other respects the gun is in nice shape. In fact, the barrel was very nice, other than the drilled out part. All other parts of this story aside, I wonder about replacing the barrel. Can a used barrel be found these days that would be in any thing like reasonable condition? I know better than to look for a barrel in excellent condition, I’m just talking about a decent shooter, not a tack driver. I won’t be using the gun for hunting or target shooting or competitions or anything of the like so I wouldn’t be in the market for a new replacement match grade barrel or any thing not even a new barrel really. I would much rather have a rifle that is a below average shooter but has original parts than a great shooter with a newly manufactured barrel.
So, basically I would like recommendations. Should I sell this for parts? Should I look for such a barrel and if so I would love suggestions as to where I might look. Is it worth trying to save this gun or cheaper to buy another at a gun show? You guys get the idea I hope, if not quite please ask any questions you might have and as always thanks so much for your insightful knowledge and suggestions.