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Found this at a flea market for $5. I think I need to return it to it’s grave.[/http://s149.photobucket.com/user/Nascar_Fan_2007/media/DSCN1935_zpsa288c95d.jpg.html

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If that is a true dug up, its worth $400-$500

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Turnbull’s Restoration will have that up and running no problem. šŸ˜€

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If that is a true dug up, its worth $400-$500

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I can’t say for sure if it was dug up, but dirt falls out of it every time I handle it.

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What is the wrapping on the stock? Is that tape or leather? If its leather you hit a home run.

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Now this one could most likely tell some great stories!

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I think I saw that rifle in the last "Return Of The Zombie Hunter" movies!!

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Nice! How long is the barrel? Standard or is it longer? I take it the lower magazine tube has rusted completely away?

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Soak that puppy in Kroil and head to the range! Laugh
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What caliber is it?

I would put it in a shadow box and be done with it.

Here are some nice examples.

http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/12629/12746081_1.jpg?v=8CEFD8E71A571F0

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Not what you’d call high condition, lol, but that ol’ gal certainly has cool factor. What a neat find.

Bob for those of us that don’t know (and that may be just me), can you explain the significance of a "true dug up" and your comment about leather?

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Matt74 said
Not what you’d call high condition, lol, but that ol’ gal certainly has cool factor. What a neat find.

Bob for those of us that don’t know (and that may be just me), can you explain the significance of a "true dug up" and your comment about leather?

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A gun that was in the ground for a long time verses one that was in a house fire and rusted in the ash pile. If the stock is wrapped with leather like a Indian or cowboy would use dates the gun back in years but if its some kind of electrical tape or friction tape it dates it later and would not be worth as much.

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Indeed a great find for a fin. I bought a beautiful old cartridge belt at a flea market with 28 Henry cartridges in it for $100 in the 90’s. Guy had it laid out on the hood of his truck asking, "What kind of bullets are these?"
Relics are a whole different genre. Here are a couple of my wall hangers of which three are still loaded:
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Best I can tell it’s a 38-40 & the barrel is 30" octagon. With my very limited knowledge on 73’s, the muskets had 30" barrels. All I saw said the muskets were only in round barrels and most if not all had extended forearms. I’ll let you experts chime in on the barrel length and being octagon. Also, the wrap on the stock is not plastic tape. One other note, the piece of stock is held in place with a old nail not a screw.

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I agree with the substantial value of a relic 73. At least $300 to $400 and certainly up to $500.00.
The relic museum in Cody is a great visit if you are ever at the Winchester Show. I’ve sold him a couple of large frame dug pistols.
What can really make any of them jump is if history or location is known.
If you know who sold it might be worth going back to check or track the origin.
Here on the Oregon Trail someone’s always digging them up with a metal detector.

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I am shocked by the perceived value of such a relic. I thought it had a cool look when I saw it, but never dreamed it would be of any value. The framed examples give (thanks) give me food for thought. I will contact the vender at the flea market when I can and ask more questions. I’m going to put it on my table at this weekends gun show to draw some interest to my other guns.

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What increases the value is if the hammer is rusted in the cocked position as well as where it was found as ohlode said.

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What increases the value is if the hammer is rusted in the cocked position as well as where it was found as ohlode said.

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Absolutely! The one that I still think about today is a 32-20 Colt Single Action that I saw at a small gun show in the Texas Hill Country back in the late 1970’s. It had been found on the Rio Grande, was rusted shut with the hammer in the full cock position over a live round and the last two rounds that had been under the hammer had been fired. The trigger had long since rusted away. I suspect that the owner/cowboy’s body was either not too far from where the Colt was found, or he was located way back then, but not the Colt. Probably was involved in a running gun battle on horseback and he lost! I tried to buy the gun, but it wasn’t for sale at any price or at least what I could afford to offer at that time! Man, what a story that old Colt could tell!!!!!!!

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He is an example of a dug up that is not a "true dug up". Scroll to the bottom of the page. The key give away is the picture of the bottom of the receiver, the brass elevator is gone. The reason its gone is the gun was in a fire and it melted.

http://bowlinggreendrummer.com/catalogue?product_id=261&page=shop.product_details&category_id=2&flypage=flypage.tpl

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Thanks for the insight on those questions I asked earlier Bob. Yes, finding an old Colt or Winchester still rusted in the cock position certainly would be something to have in one’s collection, and somethign I never really thought of before. Again, if some of those guns could talk. Matt

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