Old 22 or just abbused ?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by SmithKid308, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. SmithKid308

    SmithKid308 New Member

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    I was digging in my fathers attic after his death and found 2 identical remington model 550-1 one had a old scope both were prolly 65%-80% range what year were they made and would the be worth keeping and restoring
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    SmithKid308,

    They were manufactured from 1946-1970. My uncle had one and it was a very accurate 22 Rifle. They certainly are for sure worth keeping but be cautious about restoring them. Most always with older weapons it ruins the value and any collectors interest in them.

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  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    not really any collector value. just clean then up and shoot them.
     
  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    I agree with hiwall!
    Regarding real $$$$ value. But there could be someone wanting one for their collection if they have a Remington collection? And if the rifle is in decent shape, then their value depends on how bad they want that particular model for their collection. I have purchased several weapons that $$$$ they were not worth that much but I wanted it for my collection. As hiwall said clean them up and enjoy them they will not get worth any less because you shoot them. Just do proper cleaning and maintenance on them in the meantime!

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  5. wmille01

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    I agree shoot the hell out of them, I wouldn't put them through hell but definitely shoot them. You could even pass one of them down to your kids when there old enough.
     
  6. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Careful cleaning & oiling may make them look better than you'd expect...

    Grab some pledge wipes for the stocks...I like doing those separately :)

    I'd keep 'em, they're just as accurate as any new rifle, and it'd cost you more to replace 'em.
     
  7. loaf_fan

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    Let me pose this question to you regarding the question "would they be worth keeping and restoring": What is the memory of your father worth? I did a quick search and in the last 90 days a Remington 550-1 like new went for $265, and a "rifle has a fair amount of wear , some light surface rust but no significant pitting" went for $81. Personally, dad's used rifles are worth more to me, my kids, and grandkids even if they are well worn, more than 160 bucks I could get out of them. For that matter keeping that in mind, they might just be worth more to restore them, forgetting "collector" value, but in personal value. Then you have a story that goes along with it. "Here's dad's rifles. I found them in such and such condition, and here is what I did to restore them to the beautiful specimens they are today." Just my .02 cents.
     
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  8. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Clean 'em up and shoot away. Be careful breaking them down, parts have a habit of flying!
     
  9. c3shooter

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    Remington rifles can be dated to month/year using the barrel code letters. 2 or 3 TINY letters, left side of barrel, about half inch ahead of receiver. Those are nice 22s (have 4 of them) will shoot shorts/longs/ LR mixed together. Find the letters, and we can show you how to date them. Clean metal with light oil, cloth, elbow grease- you may be surprised.
     
  10. SmithKid308

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    I think the letters are XBO-8