Winchester 1895 Value

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Nolo, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Nolo

    Nolo New Member

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    I was wondering what the value of a Winchester 1895 Saddle Ring Carbine produced in 1915 in .303 British caliber is? It has been restored and is in good condition.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    They top out at about $4500 with +20% for caliber other then 30 US (30-40 Krag) and if it is US Govt marked +50%.

    That being said your rifle is worth no where near that much because someone hacked it up. Unless you have it done by a pro and then it may not raise the value. To many people out there think I got a dremal I be gunsmifh. So NEVER EVER restore a gun that has the collector value of one like the 1895 winny most of the models are showing $3000+ for a 70% NRA grade rifle.
     

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Man one of them drive by posters. I really put some work into that post.
     
  4. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    That's ok Tango, we appreciate you :D
     
  5. Nolo

    Nolo New Member

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    Hardly a driveby poster; I was just busy.

    I have scoured the Internet for info, but haven't found anything on the .303 rifles specifically. It's not a rifle I own, but a rifle I am possibly looking at buying, and it's listed for two and a half grand. It appears to have been professionally redone, though I am not certain. It's certainly not been "hacked up", since it looks like any other 1895, with the same finish on metal and wood. Seems to be thoughtful to me, though I am not an expert.

    The 1895 is one of my favorite rifles, and .303 is a caliber I already shoot and reload.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  6. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Thats cool Nolo we have been getting a lot of them these days.

    I don't think any refinish of a gun like that is going to add value. If it is orginal then for 2500 I think it is a steal that is like a 40 or 50% gun value.
     
  7. Nolo

    Nolo New Member

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    So, in your opinion, refinish should not decrease the value significantly?
     
  8. Dzscubie

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    Actually, from what I've been able to look up the original patina or finish adds to the value but if a weapon is "refinished" it takes away from the value, maybe not a lot but some.

    I'm not an expert but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express... :D
     
  9. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    If it comes with a letter from Doug Turnbull Restorations then it MIGHT not
    change the value too much. Just about anything else will lower the
    value a LOT.

    That said, if It's a for real '95 carbine (22 inch barrel, military style top
    wood, etc.) it Blue Books at $2,200 in 50% condition, so if the refinish
    was well done $2500 is in the ballpark. If you really want it, buy it.
    Heck---I've sure spent some insane money on guns (and cars, motorcycles,
    and other toys). Ya can't take it with you, and if the rifle is calling
    your name go for it.
     
  10. Nolo

    Nolo New Member

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    Thanks. It's a tough choice to part with that kind of money, though... But maybe less difficult in this economy.
     
  11. dodge

    dodge New Member

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    I have a Model 1895 in 30 US (30-40 Krag) that is all original except that the buckhorn rear sight was replaced with a Lyman Model 21 aperture sight. I have had this appraise at $850 by two different gunshops. It was known up front that I was not looking to sell it as it was my father's so I believe that they gave me a honest price.
     
  12. 30-30remchester

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    I have been around antique firearms for more years than I care to admit to, and the old "rule of thumb" of collectors,is that a refinished firearm is worth 1/3rd of value of an original gun in 50% condition. Have seen hundfreds sell, I have to concur with this estimate. I saw a 50% condition 1895 Winchester 303 British rifle at a gun auction a year ago and it didnt meet the owners reserve of $1,100. I bid it to $1,000 and the next highest bid was $750.