Custom .257 Roberts?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by XxWINxX94, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 New Member

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    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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  2. tuckinauster

    tuckinauster New Member

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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.
     

  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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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?
     
  4. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 New Member

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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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  5. mrstoneman

    mrstoneman New Member

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    Ranger Rifle

    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.
     
  6. Tueur de mouches

    Tueur de mouches New Member

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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 ...
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Is that a Sako action? Pretty little thing.
     
  8. BuzGuy

    BuzGuy New Member

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    The Real Ranger Arms

    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.
    BuzGuy Giordano
    Harveys Lake PA
     
  9. greydog

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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
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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    .257 Roberts is a great caliber! It can handle varmints to whitetail. Very nice rifle.
     
  11. Winchester62a

    Winchester62a New Member

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    Beautiful weapon...257 Roberts is a great caliber for small game up to deer and maybe beyond..great chuck shooting for distance, flat trajectory..just to enlighten you...their also is a 257 Wby..just a little better than the Roberts.
     
  12. malpal

    malpal New Member

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    Very beautiful rifle!
     
  13. BuzGuy

    BuzGuy New Member

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    Roberts

    The only time I want to hear this name is when refering to the old lady [Mrs Roberts] who sold me my house at the lake. If you buy a gun like this you can imagine driving about a hundred miles to find the ammo. Its an old cartrige that has seen many much improved calibers released/invented since.
     
  14. Txhillbilly

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    I don't know where your located,but here in Tx.,the 257 Roberts cartridge is a pretty common deer hunting caliber and is available at most places that sell ammo.But then again,most people that shoot it are handloaders and never worry about having to buy factory ammo from a store.
     
  15. darind

    darind New Member

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