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Old 10-13-2019, 6:15 PM
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Default Colt mk IV series 70 a good deal?

I found a colt government model 70 MK IV for $775 at my local shop. I'm mainly a rifle guy so not sure if this is a good deal or not. What y'all think?
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Old 10-13-2019, 6:33 PM
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I own (or have owned) several series 70 Colt over my history, and I like them; a lot. Polished guns are not really my style so I would not buy a polished series 70.

At $775 this unit sounds like a good deal, provided it has not been damaged or shot to the point of being loose.

Observations: The grips look to be after market. I am not sure if Colt made the series 70 in a polished finish.
Is this a stainless steel, nickel, hard chrome, or bumper chrome finish? (Bumper chrome being triple plated.)

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Old 10-13-2019, 7:01 PM
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The grips are old Pachmayr.
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Old 10-13-2019, 7:02 PM
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That's a pretty good deal at $775. It's most likely a nickel plated gun.
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Old 10-13-2019, 7:12 PM
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Colt did remake the series 70 in stainless. Late 1980's I believe.
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The idiot scratch might give you leverage to get $50 off.
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The grips are old Pachmayr.
Colt did ship those as factory grips with Colt medallions on some guns (like Combat Government). But since we can’t see the whole grips in OP photo, hard to say. And I never saw them on nickel guns.

But those rubber grips usually wreak havoc on the front strap, trapping moisture. I would have a looksie under those grips.

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That's a pretty good deal at $775. It's most likely a nickel plated gun.
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Colt did remake the series 70 in stainless. Late 1980's I believe.

I keep going back and forth between nickel and stainless. The frame looks more stainless. Some of the screws look nickel though like the mag release screw. So I have no idea.

If it is stainless, it could be bead blasted to look like new and also modded out without the need for refinishing. If it is nickel, you are sort of stuck with what you got.
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$650 plus tax and dros
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Soo good deal or not
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Soo good deal or not
Is that grim or rust under the slide? May need a good cleaning.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:56 PM
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Yeah, looks like bad rusting at the slide release.

If it is rust, you need to take the grip off and see inside. And if you can, take the slide off and look at the condition of the barrel lugs to see if they are badly worn or badly machined.

Also shake the gun to see if it rattles a lot.

All would be points you can use to knock down the price.
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Remove the slide, check just under and “behind” the bolt face for cracking. If no crack, I’d say good to go on the purchase. I own seven Series 70 Colts, plus two more in 38super and two more Delta Elites.

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At $775 this unit sounds like a good deal, provided it has not been damaged or shot to the point of being loose.
That's a good one, "shot to the point of being loose". What's that, three rounds?

Every Colt I've ever handled or shot (not a huge number but more than a small sampling) has started out loose. Loose frame to slide, loose barrel bushing, loose lower lugs on slide stop, loose barrel to bushing. They've all rattled like baby toys. Colt makes Springfield Armory seem tight.

That said, I'd buy it for that price only because there will be somebody willing to pay considerably more for it when you're ready to sell it.
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Looks like pretty bad rust under the grips on the left side at the magazine release.

You are NOT going to like what's under those grips.

I think it's fairly priced not a "deal". I sold mine in blue for $1,100 but it was in better shape (i.e. lacked rusting).
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Old 10-15-2019, 7:11 PM
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I'm with snoopy, not a "deal" but fair. You can always see if the price is negotiable. If it were in front of me I might buy it, sucker for the colts.

I just picked up a MKIV Series 70 .38 Super for $700, also in nickel, in about the same shape. Still in DROS.
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