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Are Round Barreled Rifles Worth Less ?
October 3, 2019
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I've read and heard comments over the years that Round Barreled Rifles were/are not as popular as Octagon Barreled Rifles.

So, all things being equal, if 2 rifles of the same model, same caliber and similar level of condition were available, but 1 was Round and 1 was Octagon, which one would be the best to acquire ?

Or, is beauty still in the eye of the beholder ?

All comments will be appreciated.

D.

October 3, 2019
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Oct. bbls. have always been a favorite, but sometimes a nice round bbl. comes along and is too nice to pass up. I once had a minty 1903 vintage M1894 takedown with a round bbl. Nice to look at, but round bbls. do not trip my trigger, so I traded it off. Then theres my M1873 in 22 short. It has a round bbl. and great condition, but these are much scarcer than the oct. bbls. Not as pleasing to the eye, but I will keep this rifle. Looks good and shoots good as well. Big Larry

October 3, 2019
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David McNab said
I've read and heard comments over the years that Round Barreled Rifles were/are not as popular as Octagon Barreled Rifles.

So, all things being equal, if 2 rifles of the same model, same caliber and similar level of condition were available, but 1 was Round and 1 was Octagon, which one would be the best to acquire ?

Or, is beauty still in the eye of the beholder ?

All comments will be appreciated.

D.  

You need to collect what you like.  If you are concerned about resale value buy an octagon.

October 3, 2019
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Yes, Octagon barrels are worth more since there are more collectors that like them  and that will last until more collectors like round barrels. Every round barrel 73  I had and sold was a hard sell. A buyer would look at it and say " If it was Octagon I would buy it". In the end you will buy what you like.

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October 3, 2019
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Hi, thanks for all the answers so far, if Octagon Barreled rifles are worth more, roughly what would be the premium in percentage ?

D.

October 3, 2019
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 David, That depends on model, condition, and configuration. That said, some gun value books add 20-30% T/R

October 13, 2019
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Out a doubt eye of the beholder.  definitely a matter of nostalgia.  I have 9 Winchesters and one in the unfinished octagonal state,  the rest are a perfect round.  My only assumption is that the lathe was out of order on the day that 1892 was made.  It has bulges in 2 different zones so all the ricocheting is done before the bullet exits,  doesn't help placement.

Just joking for the most part but I do like the looks of a round barrel by far. 

October 14, 2019
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 Would have to say ,that by in large I prefer the round barrels to the octagon barrels.I like shooting the round barrel rifles more, as they are lighter.Expecially on the long 26 inch barrel rifles so favoured back in the day.

October 16, 2019
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I like them all - but it's nice to have an approximate "rule of thumb" regarding value  difference.

Many years ago I had a Model 94 in 38-55 / Octagon with the barrel marked "Nickel Steel" - Mfg. 1906 - As far as lever-guns go it was a tack driver and I sold it before I realized that I should have kept it.

Live and learn. D.

October 16, 2019
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Number one rule of collecting.  Buy what you like. 

October 16, 2019
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Chuck said
Number one rule of collecting.  Buy what you like.   

Agreed. Only problem is I like more than I can buy. Personally I like both but on a gun show table an octagonal barrel is certified eye candy.

 

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TXGunNut said

Chuck said
Number one rule of collecting.  Buy what you like.   

Agreed. Only problem is I like more than I can buy. Personally I like both but on a gun show table an octagonal barrel is certified eye candy.

 

Mike  

We all need more money..  I like the octagon barrels best.  I just don't want to discourage the people who like the round barrels.  Dealers prefer the octagon for resale values.

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