I have the chance to buy a Smith & wesson 41 or a High standard Victor. The Victor is about $100 cheaper and looks in better shape. There is a bit of rust on the reciver of th 41. Both boars are in exelent shape. So which would you buy?
Both are pretty high quality makers. I would not worry about slight surface rust. It harms nothing and can easily be removed with a little gun oil and fine 0000 steel wool. Just make sure, as you have, that the bore is free of rust and pitting. Because I shoot 1911s a lot I'd go with the High Standard because it's grip and manual safety setup is much like a 1911. This allows you to shoot .22 without having to rethink how you operate your pistols. That's just my opinion
From a shooters standpoint both are fantastic little guns. The Smith will probably hold it's value a bit better but as WH said the High standard points more like a 1911which is also what I shoot the most.
Surface rust is no big deal - I'd do a little clean up to save $100.
And beyond that, I'm still made at Smith and Wesson for selling out to the fed!
I won't even buy their knives!
Boycotting has it's purposes for a certain amount of time but often times you need to let it runs it's course. People are still mad at Bill Ruger for statements he made in the 1980's. Smith and Wesson along with Colt used to be the main market for police and civilian handguns through most of the 20th century. Something went astray with both of their marketing strategies and manufacuring processes right before Glock, SIG, and Beretta put their grip on the market. To make it worse consumer boycotts left their mark I'm sure. S&W is now under a whole different ownership and has reinvented itself to be a real serious contender in both the civillian and LE defensive pistol market. I only wish I could say the same thing about Colt. Overall I'm just glad one major American household brand name in handguns is still in the running offering modern quality built handguns that are made here in the USA. Again I wish I could say the same thing about Colt, but I'd be lying if I did. This really isn't on topic, just thought I'd throw it out there.
I have never got intensly deep into handgun's. I find them fun to shoot and a plus if your somewhere you never should have gone in the first place and find a rifle of shotgun a bit conspicuious. But I do like to fool with them. I have a Smith 22 Combat master piece that I never shoot, cost's to much! What I shoot is either my Smith 38/44 with cast bullets or my Smith mod 32, 32 Long with cast bullet's. I also have a High Standard HD Military with a 6" barrel that is super accurate that I do shoot now and then. I also have a Ruger P89 9mm for home defence and in the unlikely event I ever have need a home defense situation the sucker is gonna get a cast 155gr HP from my 38/44! Saves me money and is very effective.
I'd go for the 41 and get into casting bullet's! A 210gr cast 41 cal bullet will stop the charge of an enraged cottentail much faster than a 22LR! It will also knock the stripe off a skunk as far away as you can hit it!
Bring them in on a string. I love this term, if you want to be successful on calling in Elk, try not to just sound like the other caller. We all laugh at each other when we are practicing Elk calling at home or while camping. When I first started calling in Elk, I had no idea what i was doing and it's funny how many I could call in. The biggest Bull that I have called in to date was actually my first. I was making cow calls and screwing it up big time. But it's obvious I didn't screw up...