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This one came up on another thread.  Sold for $3400.  I’m still shaking my head.  What would others here pay for it?  To add insult, despite the antique status, the seller insists on an FFL transfer.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1008403195

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It’s been rode hard and put away wet, many times.  Even if it’s a good shooter,  I can’t believe it would bring more than $1600 to  $1800.   A nice ’73 with some condition,  could be found for that price.

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It’s been rode hard and put away wet, many times.  Even if it’s a good shooter,  I can’t believe it would bring more than $1600 to  $1800.   A nice ’73 with some condition,  could be found for that price.

  

  Maybe not on GB, some of their buyers don’t have a handle on the value of condition. It only takes two at an auction.

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steve004 said   To add insult, despite the antique status, the seller insists on an FFL transfer. 

Many of these sorry SOBs on GB do the same!  Yes–on a very rare gun, 1885 DOM, I’m ashamed to admit I was weak enough to accept that outrageous condition of purchase; NEVER again! 

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Jeremy P said
Well, if anyone begins to lose faith in what you can wring out of a gun on GB, just go here:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1031610951

Unless I’m missing something, this makes me feel better about all of my purchases! ?

  

I’ve seen better guns kicked out of the ground by a plow.

 

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TXGunNut said

Jeremy P said

Well, if anyone begins to lose faith in what you can wring out of a gun on GB, just go here:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1031610951

Unless I’m missing something, this makes me feel better about all of my purchases! ?

  

I’ve seen better guns kicked out of the ground by a plow.

 

Mike

  

LOL ? I imagined it being dug up as well!

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This Civil War relic was actually buried for about 50 years before a farmer discovered it while plowing his field.

 

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TXGunNut said
This Civil War relic was actually buried for about 50 years before a farmer discovered it while plowing his field.

 

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I would say that weathered the dirt pretty well! At least from one photo… I routinely think about “the forgotten Winchester” out in the desert….keeps me up at night wanting to know THAT story!

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Matthew Bezotte said
Looking for some info on this rifle.  I was directed over here from Michigan Gun Owners forum where I am a member. The guy from MGO name dropped Bert and Mark. Here is a link to some picture of it.

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Hello Matthew,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your question.  I am willing to bet that I am the “Mark” but really Mike that you were referred to.  The quick answer to  your potential valuation question is that the rifle would probably sell in the $1600 to $2000 range on Gunbroker.com   I agree that you should start the bidding at $1 and let the buying public determine the final value of the gun.  As others have mentioned, there are several thing “wrong” with the rifle from a die hard collectors point of view but there are others out there who like these guns and are willing to overlook some things that “serious collectors” might not be willing to.   That is their right to do since it is their money they are spending.  I am not sure why others have to be condescending with regard to what others do with their money.  

I do agree with Bert that it may be worth a few dollars on your part to get a “factory letter” from the Cody Firearms Museum in order to rectify the apparent time problem between when the receiver was serialized and the fact that the rifle has W/P proof stamps and the caliber stamp positioned on the left side of the barrel.  That combination of features would not have occurred until 1908 or later.  Being able to prove the originality of the rifle would possibly bring you some extra $ from bidders.

Let me know if you have further questions.

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twobit said As others have mentioned, there are several thing “wrong” with the rifle from a die hard collectors point of view but there are others out there who like these guns and are willing to overlook some things that “serious collectors” might not be willing to.

Because I can’t afford better, I’m willing to overlook evidence of hard use & even some abuse, & have the guns to prove it, but you sure don’t have to be a “die-hard collector” to be affronted by the vigorous application of a wire brush to the rcvr–deliberate insult added to the injury time & negligence had previously inflicted.  Still, like all the other victims of Bubba’s handiwork, it is what it is, & Bubba has a BIG following on GB.

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