Ya.... the whole Centerfire, Yugo AK thing is a debaucle. Of all the kits they brought in it would appear only a small percentage were actually able to be fairly graded at VG. And that's if your using the NRA grading system. And everybody, Centerfire included, knows about that system. To say 'what did you expect this is used surplus' is a total cop out to what turned out to be less than advertised. I don't feel it was done on purpose, more like they got burned and are trying to make the best of a bad sitch. But them not reducing the advertised grade after the fact, and this baloney about sending out kits with trashed bores after the fact... that's all on them. I went round and round on returns and etc. Finally got 3 decent bores, never did get one for the fixed stock kit.. forced to cannabalize. The first round.. well, everybody makes mistakes. The second and third?? Come on now.
If they'd advertised less than VG, okay... no complaints. Bottom line, VG means non-pitted barrel, and that's that. Doesn't mean 'chuck a bronze brush in a drill and go to town', doesn't mean 'scrub scrub scrub till it's shiny' but you've got no lands left. All they had to do was suck it up, take responsibility and reduce the rating... and if you wanted to spend $150 (remember that pre-buy price deal??) on a kit that may or may not have a decent bore... then its all on you.
...yes, I know a few of you got some decent ones right off the bat... seems to be the exception not the rule. And I don't know of anybody (was there one person?? can't remember) that got a non corroded barrel on a fixed.
Bearwhositshere, I'm with you... to a degree I call shennanigans. No more sight unseen pre-buys for me. And just to re-iterate... it's the grading system and handling of the whole thing that really chaps me. (not to mention MY time wasted) They continued sending out what they had even after they knew what they had it seems to me... and if you really wanted them to pick through to find you something 'as advertised', you had to send it back.
...hey, they covered your shipping??? NO FAIR.