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Was at a gun show yesterday and saw this 25-20 on the table. Serial # 163xxx. What would you guys value this one at? Both side look comparable. I was only able to get one photo of the rifle. No cracks in the stock and the barrel looks to be in good condition. No major pitting. Dark but the rifling seams to be fairly good. Not bright and shiny by no means.

 

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Well guys let me ask this question in another way. Would this rifle be worth picking up for any kind of collector value?

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What does the seller at your gun show want for it. Yes, I am sitting down and have oxygen close. Cool

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I could get it for $1200

 

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From what I see in the one picture, I would say that is $200-400 to much if you would even want to invest $$ in a gun in that condition. Just my opinion. Peter

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That was more or less my thoughts as well. I asked another friend about the rifle because of the low serial number. If it would warrant any more value to the rifle, and he said no not really. I had always heard that 168000 and earlier would demand higher values, but seams to not be the holy grail. I really appreciate all input about these, as I am just learning how to judge them.

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$400 less than $1,200? That rifle is an antique and so may bring a small premium. Yes, it does not have much condition left, but if that kind of rifle is your cup of tea, it may be worth $1,200. Two main things against it, condition and it is not a 44 WCF. Personally, I would not touch a rifle in this condition. Not a good investment.    Big Larry

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That was more or less my thoughts as well. I asked another friend about the rifle because of the low serial number. If it would warrant any more value to the rifle, and he said no not really. I had always heard that 168000 and earlier would demand higher values, but seams to not be the holy grail. I really appreciate all input about these, as I am just learning how to judge them.

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Steve,

People mistakenly believe that if the serial number is <168,000, that it is an “antique”. Antique serial numbers do warrant a premium to the value if all else is the same.  In order for a Model 1892 to be “antique”, the serial number must be 103328 or less.

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Big Larry said
$400 less than $1,200? That rifle is an antique and so may bring a small premium. Yes, it does not have much condition left, but if that kind of rifle is your cup of tea, it may be worth $1,200. Two main things against it, condition and it is not a 44 WCF. Personally, I would not touch a rifle in this condition. Not a good investment.    Big Larry  

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It is not an “antique”.

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I stand corrected Sir. I’m 74 and did not have my book handy. Thank you for correcting me.  Big Larry

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