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Collecting Trends
December 9, 2013
5:18 pm
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Hello,

I am new here, and also new to collecting older rifles and shotguns. It has sort of happened by accident, I woke up one morning and both my guns and myself were OLD! The stuff in the gun safe is now considered collectable.

I really don't have anything of great value, but I am really interested and looking to add more. I know that the old lever actions are collectable and most old rifles are collectable.

But, can anyone tell me if the collections are changing? Are different models, actions, or calibers that have become more collectable over the years while other ones have fadded from the excitment? Is there a hot and cold cycle at different phases of the collecting market?

Do the prices of some styles get so high that they force others to collect different styles that are cheaper at the moment?

Are there any old collectors out there that can shed some light on the history of collecting?

Thanks
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December 9, 2013
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The trend is shifting to the 92's and 94's over the older models but there still are collectors buying the old ones, it is a function of the older guns got too spendy and the new stuff was more affordable. The only models that I see fluctuating prices is in the brass guns, they go soft for a while and then come back.

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December 10, 2013
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Having been away from Winchester--concentrating on Parkers--for the past 20 years, the main thing I have noticed is the rise of collecting the .22s. As the older stuff got more and more expensive, the lowly .22s became more attractive. In earlier days, few people concentrated on them; now, most new collectors start with them and often, never move to the older, center fire levers.

December 10, 2013
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Bill zachow said
Having been away from Winchester--concentrating on Parkers--for the past 20 years, the main thing I have noticed is the rise of collecting the .22s. As the older stuff got more and more expensive, the lowly .22s became more attractive. In earlier days, few people concentrated on them; now, most new collectors start with them and often, never move to the older, center fire levers.

I would have to agree with this, to some degree. I recall that I would see racks of Winchester 1890's in very good condition practically begging for the taking 25 or 30 years ago. Now they have skyrocketed. Wish I bought one then. I just cannot bring myself to pay the money the nice specimens are bringing these days, although this would not be the case with a nice lever gun.

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