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Question regarding selling Marlin rifle

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by lhalderman, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. lhalderman

    lhalderman Beaverton New Member

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    Hello,
    I have a 22 Marlin rifle bolt action Model 781 that I have owned since the 80s. I would like to sell it but don't know the value or the best place to sell it. Was wondering if anyone could help me with some info.
    Thanks!

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  2. PaulZ

    PaulZ Oregon City Active Member

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    I have one paid almost $100 for it a couple of years ago. I would take yours at $60 to $75 depending on how much damage to the
    front of the stock
     
  3. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    I would ask for $100.
     
  4. lhalderman

    lhalderman Beaverton New Member

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    Thanks for your quick reply. I assume when you say damage to the stock you mean the wood. Sorry I am out of touch with guns having not shot one in 20+ years. There is no damage to the wood, there is a place by the plate that probably needs refinishing but thats about it. There is some black "paint" rubbed off by the trigger. It is not in mint-condition, but in my opinion it is in excellent condition for its age. My dad is a gun enthusiast and collector and he taught me how to shoot on it, as well as how to clean it after every shoot which I did. I still have the cleaning kit that I could sell with it. If that's all it's worth, does that mean it's not a good "collectible"? I know they weren't expensive to begin with but it is a nice looking rifle. It has engraving on it. Thanks for your offer, I will think about it and get back to you shortly.

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  5. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    The market is flooded with .22 rifles, everyone already has one, probably the most plentiful rifle platform in the world, you can get a new one for $150.

    Yours looks nice and I still think $100 is reasonable.
     
  6. PaulZ

    PaulZ Oregon City Active Member

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    Thanks for the extra pictures I could not see the carvings. I am no expert but I believe "collectable" has a lot to do with
    rarity and these are not rare. It is a very nice rifle. I would teach my Grandson to shoot with it and I would pay $100 for it
     
  7. Beefcake

    Beefcake Portland Active Member

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    I'd Google "Marlin 781" and see what comes up. I think I have seen them on the Marlin forums for 70-130ish prices. You can post it on the classifieds here and see what happens. If it's in as good of shape as it looks in the photo, I'd be tempted to take it for $100, but I can't do anything until after the 1st.
     
  8. lhalderman

    lhalderman Beaverton New Member

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    Thanks gunnails, I appreciate the info! ;)
     
  9. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be obnoxious and disagree with some here. That rifle is so much nicer than a similar new one you could buy (nicer wood, better polish, all metal, etc.) in the price range, that I wouldn't take less than $150 for it.

    A similar situation exists with really nice older Ruger 10/22's. The new ones don't have the wood quality, there's plastic, the finish is rough... I'd pay $189 on sale at Bi Mart for a new one, or $250 for a mint one that's 20 - 30 years old.

    $.02
     
  10. huthuthike

    huthuthike Hillsboro OR Active Member

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    Another possibility is the Boy Scouts. They shoot .22 at summer camps but can't use magazine-fed versions. The Portland area council website is Cascade Pacific Council, BSA.
     
  11. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    I bought one of those from a member here. It was made in '84 and looked like it was right out-of-the-box new. Paid $140 for it with a scope. I'd say $80-120 is a good range due to the nice looking stock.
     
  12. lhalderman

    lhalderman Beaverton New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your responses, I really appreciate it!

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