Actually they are very well built guns and good shooters. My friend had one and it was a great shooter. If i recall they don't demand a great value so can be bought for a good price. Seems my buddy paid around $1000 for his 412 with adjustable comb and fixed medium height rib. I believe that included 3 chokes as well. As another poster stated parts are harder to find but most gunsmiths can make the vital parts. Don't know if this helps but is all i can offer.---Matt
Oregunner---Thanks for your Blue Book post. If anything i got an education on the Valmet worth. Seems my buddies was about 90% condition so he took a decent pocket hit when he bought his. I guess a gun is only really worth what somebody is willing to pay though.---Matt
Sometimes you pay more, sometimes you pay less. As long as the buyer and the seller are happy, it is a good sale. I just picked up a Franchi Faconet 20 gauge O/U in like new condition from a gun shop for $225! They normally don't deal in other than utility shotguns, didn't know what it was, let alone what it was worth, and were glad to move it. I was trying not to grin too much! They must have paid less than that in trade when they took it in, so they were happy, as was I.
Check the internal parts becuase some do get surface rust. Valmet blue is very good, and rember do not judge a book by the cover. Check the gap in the top latch. lastly check to see if the numbers match becuase Valmet's are system guns for adding additional barrels. My father shoots one and I think, I might take it from him some time. Very nice guns. try and find a top single for it. Mike Sharkey, DC