I recently ran into an 1886 in 33wcf. It appears to have been manufactured in 1917. The receiver and barrel have been engraved at some point and the stock has a deer hunting scene carved into it. The bolt also was jeweled. (Pictures attached). I don’t have any idea who may have engraved it. The bore looks nice. Really the whole rifle is one of the nicest I have seen in a while as far as it’s condition.
I am assuming that this rifle was refinished after the engraving, and At some point someone did add a scope on the receiver. While the engraving and stock carving are not really my thing, they do look very nicely done on this rifle and my interest is piqued. Any ideas on what a fair offer would be on this rifle?
May 2, 2009
With custom guns there is no pricing set by the market so its up to the individual buyer to decide what its worth to them.
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April 15, 2005
September 22, 2011
To me, this rifle is comparable to one of those portraits of Elvis you see on velvet at a flea market. The quality of the work isn’t particularly good, either, and, yes, in answer to your question, this would have been reblued after being engraved. I wouldn’t give $500 for it. To me, the value, if any, lies in the scope.
November 19, 2006
Well… it is quite gaudy… does not appeal to me at all… but I would give $500 for it. It’s likely as functional as the day it was new. Given my aging eyes, a scope on an ’86 has some appeal. I wouldn’t want to put a scope on a collectable ’86 – this one fits the bill in that regard. Plus it already has a scope
The stock carving bothers me the most.
November 7, 2015
Problem with that rifle is that many collectors are like me, simply not interested at any price. At first glance engraving does seem to be well executed but any deviation from original reduces the number of possible buyers. If you like it, buy it.