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My old friend (younger than me) has a 52C sporter that he thinks is worth $6000. Is he dreaming or is that possible? Don

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My old friend (younger than me) has a 52C sporter that he thinks is worth $6000. Is he dreaming or is that possible? Don

  

About the going rate, esp. for a C, because after 30 yrs of 52 production, the factory finally woke up to the fact that a precision small-game rifle needed a scope, & drilled the rcvr for a mount.

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$6K is at the very top end of the possible value. Maybe a mint all original example with steel buttplate, forged front sight ramp, all original sights and swivels might bring that. I think you find most bring $4-5K. Some good pictures along with serial number would help in evaluation.

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Here’s one that is going out in a few hours on GB.  It is in excellent condition and this seller gets top buck for the rifles he sells.  https://www.gunbroker.com/item/983527804

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Old-Win said It is in excellent condition and this seller gets top buck for the rifles he sells.
  

I guess so: $6426!  You think it will ever be fired again?

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They’ve all been fired, especially before leaving the factory.

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They’ve all been fired, especially before leaving the factory.

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I said “again”; i.e., after paying 6+ Gs.  Another “investment,” I’ll bet.

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clarence said

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They’ve all been fired, especially before leaving the factory.

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I said “again”; i.e., after paying 6+ Gs.  Another “investment,” I’ll bet.

  

That would be a shame, Clarence. One reason I collect Winchester .22’s is because they are very enjoyable to shoot.

 

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They’ve all been fired, especially before leaving the factory.

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Come on. That horse has been beaten more times than I can count. We all know NO guns are unfired.  Big Larry

 

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Well now it is hard to merely write sarcasm into a post. I guess I should have put an emoji on it.

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Big Larry said

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They’ve all been fired, especially before leaving the factory.

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Come on. That horse has been beaten more times than I can count. We all know NO guns are unfired.  Big Larry

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And yet, way too many dealers, sellers & novice collectors keep advertising they have an “unfired” Winchester Frown  Until that urban myth is totally destroyed, it does not hurt anything to continue reinforcing the truth.

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Bert H. said

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They’ve all been fired, especially before leaving the factory.

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Come on. That horse has been beaten more times than I can count. We all know NO guns are unfired.  Big Larry

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And yet, way too many dealers, sellers & novice collectors keep advertising they have an “unfired” Winchester Frown  Until that urban myth is totally destroyed, it does not hurt anything to continue reinforcing the truth.

  

Been like that for many years, and will continue for years to come. It is just a term of endearment to many collectors. I too am guilty of it as well. Just like “mint”. Guns have never been minted, but coins have.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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Bert H. said

And yet, way too many dealers, sellers & novice collectors keep advertising they have an “unfired” Winchester

But this one did not.  I plowed through the seller’s profuse palaver, & though he hints it might have seen “NO” use, he does not claim “unfired.”  So another straw-man has been successfully demolished.

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Big Larry said

Just like “mint”. Guns have never been minted, but coins have.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

It’s used to describe all sorts of other collectables, including of course coins.  It’s too entrenched among collectors to resist, but “minty” is an abomination invented by gun dealers alone, & more stupidly nauseating to me than “unfired.”

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And we describe cars as “CHERRY” and I may be wrong but I believe “VINTAGE” was supposed to refer to age of wine. Just my thoughts. Too many words to say “in like new condition”. Don

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And we describe cars as “CHERRY” and I may be wrong but I believe “VINTAGE” was supposed to refer to age of wine.

  

You’re right–it referred to the year of production, important because wine quality varied with the weather conditions of every year’s grape harvest.  But another term misused for so long, that it’s impossible to return it to its original meaning.  With respect to evaluation of condition, a percentage number, highly subjective as it is, is better than the alternatives.

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