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1873 .22 long made in 1890 help.
August 2, 2019
2:04 am
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Hi,

 

Saw a 1873  model rifle in .22 long at my lgs today  had a 24" octagon barrel the metal finish was orginal 70% intact on whole rifle the wood was not not mess with but had some small dents. Checked serial number was made in 1890 the price was $1550. OTD. How many .22 longs were made in 1890 ? what is the going price for a 1873 .22 long Is the price fair at $1550? 

I place it on hold was not able to take any pics In rush (lunch break visit)

plan to go back this weekend for pics.

 

thanks

August 2, 2019
3:09 am
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There is no way to tell the number of 22 longs in 1890 but I can tell you of all 22's made 10% were longs. To come up with a value I would need pictures. You said 70% finish, is that bright blue, dull blue, thinning blue or patina. Every aspect of condition matters and the closer you get to 100% it makes a big difference.

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August 2, 2019
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Bob,

The barrel and tube dull blue, the rest thinning blue with patina. 

Thank you for your quick reply!

August 2, 2019
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The price is good if its as good as you say and hasn't been messed with. Check the bore out, 22's are known to have poor bores from black powder and lack of a cleaning rod.

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August 2, 2019
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Bob,

The Bore was dirty but rifling was still very nice for this old rifle.  

August 2, 2019
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Better get it before it is gone. That price is really loooooooooow. I have never targeted mine, it is a 22 short and breaks bottles at 50 yards. Sounds like a pellet gun. If it has any bore at all, it will still be fairly accurate.   Big Larry

 

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August 2, 2019
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Bob,

 

I email you some pics of rifle went back today at lunch and took them. The rifle looked better the first time I saw it please let me know what you think.

 

thank you,

August 2, 2019
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Hector,

Its not what you said it was by far. Its more patina than blue with rust pits scattered in. I see some blue in protected areas. I think the price its at is about all its going to be worth. The figured wood is a plus. Do you know if it letters with the wood? What the serial number?

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August 3, 2019
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Bob,

no letter with rifle. not sure worth requesting if I do get rifle.

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