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Old 09-24-2011, 05:40 AM   #1
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well i was killing some time this morning and stopped in the local pawn shop and was just looking at rifles to see if there were any that might be a good candidated for a makeover. i seen an older wood stocked 30-06, sears brand model 53. they were asking $400 for it, i might be able to get it for $375. has no scope, looks to be in decent shape, bore is bright and clean. looks like someone took good care of it. is $375 too much, or about right? when were these guns made. years of production and any information you may know about these rifles would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Just a quick search seems to indicate that it was manufactured by Winchester for Sears. It's essentially a Model 70.

Here's one on Gunbroker listed at $375. Sears Mod 53 (Win 70?)30-06 22" Bbl. Nice : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

If it were me I'd try and get it for $300. and buy it for $350 if I had to.

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If it is "Made in Canada" then it's a Cooey (Winchester Canada) and a fine rifle.

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Just a quick search seems to indicate that it was manufactured by Winchester for Sears. It's essentially a Model 70.

Here's one on Gunbroker listed at $375. Sears Mod 53 (Win 70?)30-06 22" Bbl. Nice : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

If it were me I'd try and get it for $300. and buy it for $350 if I had to.
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If it is "Made in Canada" then it's a Cooey (Winchester Canada) and a fine rifle.
thanks guys. that is about the same information i got. just really wanted to double check my facts. another question, what is the difference in a Ted Williams and a Sears? i do know that Ted Williams was a Sears line of products, but some are marked Ted Williams, some are just marked Sears. is the difference when it was made?
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Just a quick search seems to indicate that it was manufactured by Winchester for Sears. It's essentially a Model 70.

Here's one on Gunbroker listed at $375. Sears Mod 53 (Win 70?)30-06 22" Bbl. Nice : Bolt Action at GunBroker.com

If it were me I'd try and get it for $300. and buy it for $350 if I had to.
i decided to pass after talking to a couple of my gun friends. considering the condition and my plans, the asking price was a little higher than what its worth. the pawn shop had it on sale for 400 and would budge (sale price!) if i could have bought it for 300 or less, i might have bought it for a project i had in mind. heavy barreled 30-06, M70 action, in a synthetic stock. well it was worth a try!
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Ya' win some, ya' lose some. There are plenty of project worthy rifles out there.

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don't i know it. price wise, it just really wasn't worth it to me. if i had done the deal, i was going to rebarrel it and chunk the stock (cheap birch) and mount in a synthetic stock and put a good scope on it. have about $1000 in the whole rifle including the scope. but a $400 plus all the work and the scope, i can buy a remington or ruger and be up and running!
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