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Hopefully this information will help some people who come to this site for answers. This blog post is not designed to be a definitive answer to your specific rifle, but it may be spot on accurate anyway.

I think a little background information is in order first. I have been “collecting” basic no frills .22 Rimfire rifles for years. While I do not claim to be an expert in this area I will say that my expertise in this realm is as good as, or better than many.

I got into these rifles because I saw an area of firearms collecting that I personally feel is scoffed at, and certainly overlooked by more serious collectors. That plus the fact that these classic older pieces of American history can still be found at modest prices sealed the deal.

In general, not a lot of collectors or shooters are really interested in this area and the value (prices) accordingly of these guns is relatively low - when compared to the total number manufactured, or still in circulation.

My main focus had been on older single shot bolt action rifles. But I also enjoy getting my hands on falling blocks, or repeater’s.

Lets start by saying that much, if not all factory information is gone about these types of guns. For example, the Savage / Stevens model 3 rifle (single shot bolt action) was according to various vintage Savage literature produced in 9 different grades or varieties But many of these have not been seen in years. And in fact, possibly none, single, or only double digit examples may still be around. The factory information is also long gone and no one can authoritatively answer how many were produced. Or even agree on exactly when they were manufactured.

However when a Savage model 3 comes up for sale on the used gun market they generally sell for well under $200. Much of the time for about $100-$140. For a rifle that could be 70 years old and in good condition that is a bargain in my opinion. And I know that many people will be surprised that what could have been their grandfathers prized small game getter is only worth about $100 or so. (Less if its in rough condition). The lesson here is, just because its old, does not automatically mean its valuable.

There are a few exceptions, for example the vintage Savage Stevens Favorite / Crackshot. Somehow collectors have gotten on board that bandwagon and its hard to find one of these fine old “budget” guns in good to excellent without spending $200-$300 or more. The same can be said of what used to be a very inexpensive rifle, the Winchester model 67. Model 67’s could be found and purchased 4-8 years ago for well under $100. In today’s market they are up to $150-$200 for an average unaltered specimen. And I don’t think its possible to find one stickered in any gun or pawn shop for less than about $125 - and that would be rare.

Of course all of this information is geographically or regionally dependent. Plus as always, on the exact condition of the gun. I am certain that somewhere in the USA there are still places where these older budget guns can be found for a small percentage compared to other places.

As a general rule, if you have a basic no frills “budget” single shot bolt action .22 RF rifle from the late 1930’s through the 1980’s value would be in the $100 - $200 range. This is for a fully functional example that is in average to market condition. Probably a full 75% - 90% of all these guns out there are currently selling for, and therefore valued at $120 - $160.

On the low end, here in my home state of Georgia, *any* fully functional rifle in this realm, as long as its safe to shoot would be valued right around $100 plus or minus $15 to $25

Regards and Good Shooting,

Rob

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  • SiliconSorcerer: The Savage history is actually quite interesting...
    You mentioned Savage actually a company with a lot of history...
    Savage was made by Marlin until 1898 and then sold to Driggs-Seabury Ordinance co in 1915 and concentrated on the Lewis machine gun for the war. The company did so well in the war effort and was able to purchase Stevens and Page-Lewis arms in the 20’s and tottering-fox guns and Davis-Warner Arms in the 30’s.
    Author Savage actually moved to California after the sale in 1915 and started a tire company and retired yet again after another successful endevour, however in the late 30’s very ill and in extreme pain he committed suicide (actually quite old especial for the times, born in 1855, wife was already deceased) with s Savage pistol...

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