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June 16, 2023 - 3:37 pm
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They’re actually rather scarce in this cond, so if you don’t have 5 Gs to drop on a safe-queen, & the price doesn’t go crazy…  Best of all, it’s already drilled for scope mounting, correcting the factory’s penny-pinching oversight.  Weaver 330s bring good money, & rebluing the tube (worst thing about it) would be an easy job.

https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/992929265

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Because I honestly do not know, how much is that rifle actually worth?

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Bert H. said
Because I honestly do not know, how much is that rifle actually worth?

  

Bert, I’m almost afraid to say what I think it is worth. It should go for $2000 – $2500. Something tells me it is going to bring more. There are a lot of people wanting the Sporters, and many just want them to shoot and as Clarence said, don’t want to drop $5K. Ron Rando has had a B Sporter for sale for sometime now that is d/t’d and in decent shape. Bidding on it has maxed out at $2500 range the last 2 times he listed it. It will be interesting to follow it.

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Bert H. said
Because I honestly do not know, how much is that rifle actually worth?

  

To you, should be more than to many others…because it already has “B” gold-inlaid on the trigger guard!

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clarence said

Bert H. said

Because I honestly do not know, how much is that rifle actually worth?

To you, should be more than to many others…because it already has “B” gold-inlaid on the trigger guard!

  

I saw that… but it did not impress me enough to add a premium to the value.

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Well, if it goes for $1301.  I will own it. 🙂  The Weaver 330 & mounting blocks will go away and a Lyman Alaskan will be mounted… the Lyman 48 and swivels will go in a drawer…  The “B” fits me fine… I know it will go higher, but it’s always fun to play the game.  BTW… Steve, I’m looking forward to seeing you in Cody and catching up.  If possible, please bring a (offbrand) 40X w/ Unertl BR scope so I can compare to my project.   Travel safe…  Ben 

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Well, if it goes for $1301.  I will own it. 🙂  The Weaver 330 & mounting blocks will go away and a Lyman Alaskan will be mounted… the Lyman 48 and swivels will go in a drawer…  Ben Tolson said

The Alaskan is a better scope fo sho, but I find the low profile of the 330 rather appealing.  Or maybe I’m just remembering how impressed I was with my “first scope,” a J.C. Higgins 330; sure beat the hell out of the iron sights I’d used up till then.  I think  “B” was a conscientious shooter to go to the trouble to fit the dummy slide; but what are those 2 screw heads at the top of it?  Is the slide is removed, won’t there be a hole in the stock for the slide screw? 

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The slide blank looks cobbled together… I think the 48 is a 2nd model, the base would clear the stock, but there may be a dimple into the top edge of the stock from the elevation slide screw.  Still, I wouldn’t mind it as a shooter at that price.   Or, I could dig this stock out of the rafters and have it finished… Image Enlarger

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Ben Tolson said Still, I wouldn’t mind it as a shooter at that price.
  

It’s the half-wits who’ve heard what 95% guns sell for, & “don’t see much diff between those guns & this one” who will probably queer the deal.  But good luck anyway.

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Looking at the separation of those scope blocks, I don’t think the Lyman Alaskan will be long enough… I”m still willing to try… 

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A couple points of caution:

The rear block being toward the front of the receiver is a problem for installing a Lyman Alaskan, as the scope turrets end up at the same location.

With an Alaskan at a low scope height, there is also possibility of interference between the bolt handle & the scope eyepiece.  When Stith installed Alaskans on 52 Sporters, they bent the bolt handle.

See:  https://www.rimfirecentral.com/threads/auction-idiocy-custom-stith-mount.1139657/#post-11212643

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With an Alaskan at a low scope height, there is also possibility of interference between the bolt handle & the scope eyepiece.  When Stith installed Alaskans on 52 Sporters, they bent the bolt handle.

  

Exactly that problem occurred when I tried to replace a Weaver K-1 with a larger diameter K-2 on a standard 52, using an EGW rail.

The advantage of an external-mount scope is, not only is there no bolt handle interference, but also (& more importantly, I think) the original rcvr. sight can be left in place; take it off, & it’s sure to be lost.  (I resorted to a rail on the 52 referred to above only because 1X or 2X target-type scopes were never built.)

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I tossed in a late bid and didn’t get it… I’m sure someone is very happy right now.  With tax & shipping it would have cost me $1,660.   Anyone here the new owner?

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Not me, but wish I was for that price…..

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