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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by daisy1, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. daisy1

    daisy1 hillsboro New Member

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    I have a custom rifle that I have no idea waht it is worth. It is a Mauser action 30-06 with a Douglas supreme barrel. fiddle back maple stock with diamond rose wood and black walnut inlays. Leopold 3x9 scope was built in 1970, has only had maybe a box of shells shot thru it. very nice. Does any one know what I should ask for the rifle?

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    PHOTO's

    Other then that $300.00 up
     
  3. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    That is a beautiful looking stock.
     
  4. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That is a gorgeous rifle. I would not ask a penny less than $500.

    The shoes may be worth less though...
     
  5. daisy1

    daisy1 hillsboro New Member

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    thanks for the input, it was built by my uncle in about 1969
     
  6. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    I would describe that as tiger stripe grain rather than fiddle back.

    She's a beaut'!
     
  7. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    The thing to do with that rifle is to put it (and the photos) in Gun Broker,,say "no reserve", start it at $500 and see where it ends.

    More photos and more discription/story the better.
     
  8. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You would be wrong. Tiger stripe the stripes cross each other Fiddleback on the other hand looks exactly like that stock with parallel stripes. I spent 14 years as a custom knifemaker and one of my specilties was using wood left over from extremely high end muzzleloaders a friend built for a living.

    That is easily one of the nicest pieces of Fiddleback Maple I have seen. To be that even and that bold the full lenght and width of the stock is quite rare to see in the last 30 years.

    Tiger on top Fiddleback on the bottom

    http://www.northcoastknives.com/mapletiger-Lrg.gif
     
  10. daisy1

    daisy1 hillsboro New Member

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    Thanks Mark, that being said on the rarity of the grade of the wood. I am still not sure what to ask for the rifle. I do not think I would like doing an auction. I would rather meet the buyer. I personally think $500. is not near enough. But I have a lot sentimental things going on to with the rifle, having it for over 40 years. I sure appreciate all the input I have gotten.
    Thanks
     
  11. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you assesment daisy1, I also think that rifle is worth more than $500, That is why I suggested you start the bidding at $500 and let the market tell you what it really is worth.

    One of the things about auctions: to get the most participatation you need to start at a low reasonable point, and let the market find the actual selling point. Reserves restrict the market and many bidders will not bid on an item with a reserve, Others will not bid on a lowball starting price, and some will not bid on a hgh starting price. There will be a lot of people that would love to display that stock in their gun cabinet, or even on their wall. It is a real piece of art.
     
  12. daisy1

    daisy1 hillsboro New Member

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    Thanks Hermannr, I will give the auction some thought. Does any know if there is a honest gun shop where an appraisal could be gotten, in the Hillsboro Or. area?
    Thanks again
     
  13. Stickjockey

    Stickjockey Corvallis, OR Member 2015 Volunteer

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    Take it to The Powder Horn in Forest Grove.
     
  14. lonegunman

    lonegunman Eastern Washington Active Member

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    More than a few dealers value a parts gun based on the cost of the cost of the parts. A Douglas premium barrel, a nice (perhaps Fajen) wood stock, Timney trigger? and an old scope and a Mauser action.

    It is a cool looking rifle, if you had any idea who did the work that would help in the value.

    If it was a family gun and I liked it, I'd think about not eating for a week before I'd sell it, but that's just me.
     
  15. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The Powder Horn closed last year. But H&K is just down the street from where they were and Kurt at H&K builds custom rifles. He ought to have a good idea what it's worth.
     
  16. daisy1

    daisy1 hillsboro New Member

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    Rifle is now for sale in the rifle classifieds. I took your advice and had 2 appraisals done at local gun shops. Thanks to every one.