Well, paying $250 for something that's no longer in production, I should have little to complain about. The Demo barrel looks like it's been shot many a time, without much regard for cleaning, and has collected a few scratches, not unlike mine (maybe I should take that as encouragement).
I'll have to clean it this weekend, and take a better look at it then. But it looks like this will be my plinking and handload barrel.
But they did give me a window decal. "Proud Owner of a Magnum Research Firearm." Nice touch. Nice folk.
Time to save up for that Mk. XIX conversion...