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1886 .45-90 and 1894 .25-35 Need help for value!
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I am an FFL in Missouri and helping a widow sell her husband’s gun collection. He has an 1886 in .45-90 and an 1894 in .25-35. The 1886 has a letter from the Cody Museum. I need help in giving a fair value to sell each of them. Your wisdom and expertise would be greatly appreciated.

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I see some very serious condition issues which take them out of the collector realm.  The M1886 has a cut barrel.  The M1894 has been welded (brazed) at the tang.  Many other issues as well.  Dollard value is low.  I don’t buy rifles in condition this poor, so I can’t really speculate what someone else would pay.

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 Jeremy,

 The 1886 barrel should be 26″, how much is cut of? The 1894 is rough, how is the bore? What is the serial number on the 1894? T/R

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I see some very serious condition issues which take them out of the collector realm.  The M1886 has a cut barrel.  The M1894 has been welded (brazed) at the tang.  Many other issues as well.  Dollard value is low.  I don’t buy rifles in condition this poor, so I can’t really speculate what someone else would pay.

  

Road hard rifles there. How did you tell the barrel was cut Steve?

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 Jeremy,

 The 1886 barrel should be 26″, how much is cut of? The 1894 is rough, how is the bore? What is the serial number on the 1894? T/R

  

I measured 23″ on the 86. The 94 has a somewhat decent bore. Serial number on the 94 is 76224.

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steve004 said
I see some very serious condition issues which take them out of the collector realm.  The M1886 has a cut barrel.  The M1894 has been welded (brazed) at the tang.  Many other issues as well.  Dollard value is low.  I don’t buy rifles in condition this poor, so I can’t really speculate what someone else would pay.

  

Yeah, I told the family that these were not in the best condition but they were thinking valuable because of age.  I appreciate the info.

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 The 1886 45/90 can shoot 45/70 making it easy to make or buy ammo. If the bore is ok, it feeds and fires it’s worth $1000 as a shooter/wall hangar.

 The 1894 is really rough, the only value is the front half and internals. $500 T/R

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steve004 said

I see some very serious condition issues which take them out of the collector realm.  The M1886 has a cut barrel.  The M1894 has been welded (brazed) at the tang.  Many other issues as well.  Dollard value is low.  I don’t buy rifles in condition this poor, so I can’t really speculate what someone else would pay.

  

Road hard rifles there. How did you tell the barrel was cut Steve?

  

The magazine tube retaining band is exactly where it was placed when it left the factory.  This suggests (if the rifle is a standard rifle) about three inches of the barrel was cut off – which his measurement of 23 inches confirms.  Regardless of the length of the barrel when it was shipped, the magazine retaining band is way too close to the muzzle.

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I appreciate the feedback/input. I was able to sell the 86 today at a gun show for $1500.

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 You did good. T/R

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