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Post by WEGUNTER » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:48 pm

Just moved my folks into assisted living and have to unload my father's gun collection. Guess I will take them to a gun store and try and get them appraised. No idea what some of these things are worth, but do not want to get ripped off. Here is what I got:

Mauser 7mm hunting rifle built 1968, pristine out of the box
12 gauge Browning semi auto shotgun (circa 1950's)
Bolt Action Shotgun (circa 1940's)
Cap and Ball Musket (think .40 cal) (no markings, built around 1840)
Remington .22 Magnum Bolt Action Rifle with Scope
2 x unknown make .22 Rifles iron sites
Remington 12 gauge single shotgun unknown date but pretty ancient

Any ideas on value or worth???

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Post by GHGoodwin » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:16 pm

There are guides you can purchase to get an idea of condition and value. There are also several online forums. A good gunsmith could also help you. I mean a real gunsmith not just some range guy who slaps together AR's and mods Glocks.

I wouldn't try to shoot any of them until I had them looked over. Especially the shotguns. Modern powders and loads are much more powerful than what was around when the older ones were built. You could not only damage the gun but get yourself pretty badly hurt in the process.
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Post by Ammo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:36 pm

a "no $#!+” 1840 musket ?? if so there’s your $$

did you by chance mean "black powder" instead?

want makes you think 1840s? these are very popular/common repos
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Post by WEGUNTER » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:41 pm

yep black powder cap and ball rifle (my mistake on the musket part since that implies non rifled) No markings on it but it is in great condition. Family history said it was made in Lynchburg VA around 1840. Not planning on firing any of these things since some of them are pushing 60+ years old. Vague memories of firing the 12 guage semi auto shotgun and remember it knocked me on my a$$.

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Post by Ammo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:43 pm

cool - be sure to share back pics and where the values end up being - I watch closely at local farm auctions and gun shows and am always amazed and what something can bring.
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Post by Lmo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:15 pm

Post some photos ( ? )
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Post by WEGUNTER » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:19 pm

yep. will get them up shortly

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Post by Lofty » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:28 pm

WEGUNTER wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:48 pm
Just moved my folks into assisted living and have to unload my father's gun collection. Guess I will take them to a gun store and try and get them appraised. No idea what some of these things are worth, but do not want to get ripped off.
I've had to attend to this matter.

To avoid an obvious conflict of interest, I hired an appraiser who had no connection to the gun store at which I intended to offer the firearms for sale. His fee was in the low three figures, and each valuation was provided in writing. This, coupled with printed "comps" that I had gathered from various and relevant online sites, gave me leverage and did indeed get me close to what I wanted for each piece when I sat down with the gun store rep.

I also gave a knowledgeable family friend a few $$ for his own opinion of the valuations. He worked part time in a gun store, and is a certified NRA instructor, so I had implicit trust in his opinions of then-current market values. (I've instructed my wife to call "Bill" to appraise my little collection of bang sticks, should I join the Choir Invisible before she does.)

Just something to consider. Best of luck here.
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Post by gobium » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:31 pm

Keep the 7mm

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Post by Marine Corps Codu » Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:02 pm

I had similar need a few years ago. After a lot of deliberation I took several to our local Cabella's store. Ended up selling 5 rifles/shotgun/pistols to them. Found them to be very fair and honest.
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Post by windmill » Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:30 pm

A civilian 1840s rifle is going to require very specialized knowledge that the average gun shop, or appraiser won't have.
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Post by WEGUNTER » Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:25 pm

Good advice all. Yep the Mauser 7mm is a keeper. My father got it as a presentation gift from Mauser (he did a bunch of contract work with them). Made in Wolfsberg, Bavaria in 1968. It is a definite elephant gun. had my powerful magnifying glass out and was going over the 1840''s Black powder cap and ball rifle. No manufacture stamp on it. Nice walnut wood for the stock with silver plated scroll work around the hammer and trigger assembly. Dad's collection also had a retirement presentation silver plated .45 cal pistol. He also had a .22 cal snub nosed revolver in his sock drawer that he forgot about. Got to be gold in them hills.............found a 1932 dime and a 1937 quarter in a cigar box along with a bunch of newspaper clippings. Other find was a 1922 VA liscense plate. The number on it was "T-236" Think that was on the Model T they owned for years. I am clearing out the closets one by one so no telling what I will find.

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Post by Ammo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:34 pm

look closely at your hardware and specifically any screws on that black powder - I hope you are right and it turns out to be something pretty special - that would be way cool!
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Post by WEGUNTER » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:02 pm

will keep you posted. I am intrigued myself No telling what I am going to find in these closets.

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Post by Ammo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:05 pm

my grandmother was a hoarder - found a few treasures amongst the garbage
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