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Old 06-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Custom .257 Roberts?

Hello everybody, I need somebody's say-so on a rifle I have. I inherited it from an uncle and now I'm stuck with it and know nothing about it. OK, so its a bolt action in .257 Roberts with a Leupold VARI-X III 3.5x10 scope. It's kind of a varmint type gun. The thing is, it has very few markings on it, so I believe it's a custom build. The barrel says Ranger Arms Gainsville, Texas, but it doesn't have a model, just "257" and serial number 3XXX. The stock is very fancy looking and extends to the very tip of the barrel. Here's some pictures, if anybody has any ideas about this rifle, please post them. I'm looking for value, or backround information, if possible.

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Old 06-19-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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From cheaperthandirt.com:

RANGER ARMS INC.
Previous manufacturer located in Gainesville, TX until the early 1970s.
Ranger Arms Inc. manufactured good quality, bolt action rifles in various calibers and configurations. Although somewhat rare in that there were not a large number manufactured, collectibility to date has been limited with specimens in 90%+ condition, typically priced in the $375-$500 range.
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Ranger made some very nice guns while they were in business,and yours looks to be a nice one. They are also sought out by alot of collectors here in Tx. the value on the previous post was on the low side,I have seen their guns go for quite a bit of money. They were a custom gun shop,not a production room operation,and yours is a nice gun by the photo's.
You need to take it to a professional appraiser to get a decent value on it.
Are you wanting to sell it or just get an insurance value on it?
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info Txhillbilly, I should see a professional appraiser about it, best way to find out I guess. I know that the scope is $400-$500 new, but I have to find out how much the gun is worth before I try to sell it. I'm looking to get my max dollar for the gun once I know an appraised price. I will probably post a new topic if I choose to sell it.

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My father was a dealer for Ranger Arms in the 70's. We have bought and sold many Rangers over the years. Values are from $450-$900 depending on the caliber, configuration (scope / no scope) and shape of the weapon. You have a Govoners grade rifle with a mannlicher laminate Maple and Walnut stock.

Shoot me an e-mail if you want to talk Ranger history or I if you want to sell the gun.
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:23 PM   #6
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nice rifle, I like this laminate stock!
It reminds me a Remington Seven 7 / 08, with long laminate stock, what I wanted ...
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Is that a Sako action? Pretty little thing.
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I bought my first Ranger Arms Gun in the long action configuration called a "Texas Magnum". These guns were typically custom built to order in any number of calibers. My second gun, which I still have, is much like the one pictured. Although it wasn't marked on the receiver as such like the Texas Magnum was engraved, it is/was a short action version called a "Texas Maverick". When ordering these guns you had to specify everything including if you wanted engine jewelling and knurling on the bolt, to the quality level of bluing. I ordered my long action version without a stock in 30-06 and had an extraction problem because it seemed to me they had trouble making a suitable extractor for 30-06 in the heavy duty action gun. They kept sending me the gun back with an extractor that would slip off the cartrige every few rounds. Turned out they were too used to making larger extractors for magnum calibers. The gun went back to the factory twice before they figured it out. My next example which I still own was a Texas Maverick in 243 Winchester caliber. As I recall, a fully completed gun like my 243 cost me about $2000 in 1970 money. However, this was a gun with all the bells and option whistles including a gorgeous traditional style stock with really neat checkering like I’ve never seen before. Very few of these guns left the factory as low budget jobs like the “Scrounger" must be talking about and they could actually be bought direct rather than through a dealer as another writer states. I became aware of these fine guns as result of reading a cover story in American Rifleman Magazine in the late 60's. After contacting the company they sent me an order blank which was a sort of wish-list of options for their guns. Next I proceeded to select the features I wanted at prices that added up pretty quickly. I would hate to have to do that at today's prices and suffice to say the value estimates I place on these guns if much higher than I have seen expressed herein. Finally, it is really rare to find guns made in such high quality standards as Ranger Arms produced. Each gun they produced carried a lifetime warranty and was shipped with a paper called a pedigree with the Rockwell Hardness testing result for the action metal as well. Perhaps the economic recession of the early 70’s is what caused the company to fail because it certainly wasn’t their workmanship or reputation.
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I believe the actions for these rifles were produced by Wichita Engineering. Wichita, later on, produced their own rifles and actions for the Benchrest crowd.
In any case, the Ranger rifles were a high quality rifle but desirability is determined by the potential buyer. In other words, it's worth what someone will pay! GD
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.257 Roberts is a great caliber! It can handle varmints to whitetail. Very nice rifle.
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