Originally Posted by c3shooter
Anch- the three posts above yours have especially good info for you. Gents- salute.
As far as collector's value- value of ANY gun is based on exact make, model, condition, and ORIGINALITY. When you begin to "restore" any firearm, the COLLECTOR'S value drops. Please do not ask me to explain- I buy guns to shoot, not to sit in wraps in the safe- but that is how it works.
Do not be afraid to find a good gunsmith, and have him re-assemble. If he has been smithing for a while, I can guarantee yours will NOT be the first "gun in a bag" that he has had brought to him!
I'm with ya on Collectors value, I buy stuff to SHOOT!!
If I happen to make it look like it just rolled out of a Box that was hidden in the back of a closet for 50+ years, so much the better!
My collection is eclectic, and made of guns that I wanted to use for specific game animals or target shooting.
So I never know what I'll find on a given day...but the rougher a gun is, to a point, the better...
so I can buy it cheap and make it look like New again...then go shoot the heck out of it!!
Only a few Marlins will ever have worth over 1K...their value is in their awesome precision for low cash outlay...always has been, always will be.
So, when I grab a rusty old barn gun, I ain't fixing it up to sell it, I'm fixing it up for ME!!
Just a small sampling...
1913 Marlin 37-Unmolested thus far...
1963 Marlin 56 (Sears 46C)-total resto...was worth about $60 before I worked on it...whatcha think now? I've been offered $400 so far...still in my safe.
1952 Marlin 336RC-unmolested as yet, but has had a serious cleaning...
1939 High Standard Model B-being prepped for Gold or Hard Chrome Plating...after I remove all the scratches where some dork scratched his name on it.