I picked up a commercial FN .30-06 rifle made in 1951 at the Eagle River gun show today for $230. The barrel had some serious pitting on the muzzle end - it's probably junk - and the action had a few areas of minor pitting that I can probably work out but was about ew mechanically. The stock needed refinishing and had a repairable crack that will be barely noticeable.
Are there any negatives to these early FN commercial action other than the trigger and that they are not drilled and tapped for a scope? The workmanship is first class and the bolt works very smoothly.
I've also got to decide what to put on it. Another .35 Whelen is one consideration or I have a nice 8mm barrel I could make into a 8mm-06 which would put it pretty close to an .338-06 for a lot less money.