Thanks for the replies Chris, certainly given me something to think about, wont be "pulling the trigger"
on the order today, will go and have another look at the expensive second hand one again.
I have searched online, guntrader, freeads, and gunstar for secondhand, for all the rifles you mention, all are a couple of hundred more than the prices you quote
and all a fair distance from me so wold have to rely luck / trust the seller. Are there more sites worth checking out? I cant view the marketplace on here yet new member etc.
I was aware that the cocking mech came in for some criticism (can be made a lot better with a little better by polishing) and the forward heaviness, but not of the quality of the plastic or the trigger pretty sure all were reported as being good, will read more this evening and obv check the s/h gun.
As for lack of popularity , winning comps - because they are cheap and therefore cant be good? and the best shooters will tend to be the ones that work harder and tend to invest in their kit, then fashion, club I was at on Saturday most seemed to have steyrs. And big boys love their toys? I don't know, but ive never heard any complaints about the accuracy.
Thanks again Chris,
even though I am now more confused , again!