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Hi, I have an old gun from my Dad. I looked up the serial number and it was manufactured in 1950. It’s a model 70 30.06 Sprg.
Looks to be in great shape, has a Simmons scope and sling attached. Anybody know the approx. value? I’m thinking of auctioning it and don’t know what to
start the bid at. Thanks, Angie
Without the benefit of seeing the rifle in person (or a set of high quality pictures), it is not possible for anyone to provide you with an accurate value estimate. I will tell you that if you list it in on Gunbroker.com with a low starting bid and no reserve, it will without a doubt sell for what it is worth, and possibly a fair bit more.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
Bert’s right (as usual)…
The 30-06 standard rifle was far and away the most common/popular style/chambering in the pre-64 M70 Winchester, and they made a bunch of them from the late 1940s through 1950s. So only all original and intact examples in high condition attract strong interest from collectors. That said, without extra holes or other irreparable damage, these rifles hold significant value for shooters and gun builders (for their parts if nothing else).
Without photos, I’d guess that your Dad’s rifle has a (retail) value between $750 on the low end (parts gun) to $1450 on the high end (collector quality). Commenting on where any given gun falls on that wide scale requires a lot of good photos.
If you’re not into selling firearms, Bert’s suggestion about GunBroker is a good one. If it were my gun and I wanted the most out of it, I’d probably list it on GunBroker (with a lot of photos) as a $0.01 Start No Reserve auction. Everyone on this site will tell you that there are no “bargains/steals” on GunBroker. Too many people watching for bargains to slip through. It would bring at least what it’s worth and often notably more…
Best of Luck,
WACA 9519; Studying Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters
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