Was wondering if this firearm holds any value in the condition it's currently in? Hopefully the pictures are helpfull.
22 Short - Long or Long Rifle
Condition looks to be good
It is worthless. Send it to me.
Just kidding obviously. That rifle was made in 1917. It is a bit hard to really tell the condition from just one photo. I usually try to get 5 or 6 from folks so that I do not miss something good or bad. There doesn't look to be lots of bluing left on the gun so the condition is probably not as good as you might think. It is probably in the $500 range. If you can send more photos I could refine that some. Send me a private message and I will pass on my email.
Thanks so much for the photos of your old rifle.
As I mentioned earlier it appears that most of the bluing on the receiver has been removed. This is a common occurence on these hundred year old rifles. If they have not been well cared for they have ended up being rusted and someone decides that they can clean off the rust with some extra fine steel wool. But along with the rust goes the bluing and the dollar bills.
It is just for this reason that rifles wit hlots of original bluing are so valuable. They are rare.
I cropped this photo but did not compress it so that you can actually see the fine scratches from the steel wool on the slide bar. Any scratches from normal use on that part ought to be in line with the bar not going across it.
Here you can see the inconsistent nature of the finish on the barrel. Again, not real good condition.
The stock is also a worry in that it almost too clean. By that, I would espect a rifle this old to have some scratches or nicks and bruises on it. This one has none of that age and character. If the metal were perfect and original I would expect this type of wood condition. The other problem is that original Winchester finish was a much higher gloss. On old rifles with that finish will show a loss of shine in a predictable wear pattern. This stock has none of that pattern. I beleive the stock has been sanded and refinished.
I am afraid that due to the fairly extensive non- original condition of the finish on the gun I would reduce the value to maybe $400. Not trying to be harsh just realistic as to how these rifles are viewed by collectors.
Thanks for your time and effort
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