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tango5
10-12-2009, 6:17 PM
I have a family heirloom rifle, it was my grandfathers and was passed down to my dad, then on to me. I ran the serial number and it was manufactured in 1899. Its something i will never sell or leave the family, but im curious to know what its worth. It fires and still accurate, the wood is in great condition, small minor knicks here and there, but nothing major, still dark and shiny, the metal is in great condition and bluing is about 75-80%. Anyone know what it might be worth, or at least a ball park figure? Thanks for the help guys!

Jason

TRAP55
10-12-2009, 6:33 PM
I have a family heirloom rifle, it was my grandfathers and was passed down to my dad, then on to me.
I'd say priceless.;)

sierrawoodsman
10-12-2009, 6:45 PM
If no extra holes then between $750 and $1000 if it is a carbine and not a rifle then add about $100 to that. Count yourself lucky to own such a great part of your family history!

tango5
10-12-2009, 6:49 PM
I dont know if its a carbine or a rifle. I can measure the length or is there any other way to determine what it is? The reason why im asking for a ball park figure is, when my wife and i calculate the amount of possessions in dollars for renters insurance, i dont want to get ripped off and say its only worth $300 in case of a fire, or 5 strong men decided to life up my 800lb safe and get out of dodge with it.

sierrawoodsman
10-12-2009, 7:11 PM
Is there a saddle ring on the left side of the receiver? If so you have a carbine, Carbine barrels are 20" while rifle are 26" or 28".

tango5
10-12-2009, 7:52 PM
No, no saddle ring. I have seen those before and know what your talking about, but no saddle ring on this one.

CSACANNONEER
10-12-2009, 8:40 PM
I've got a '94 made in 1899 as well. Mine isn't worth squat compared to yours. AFAIC, my grandpa's old single shot .410 and my other grandpa's Win '06 are my priceless guns. My old '94 has a 20's or 30's barrel on it and I value it at around $750ish. If your's is all original and about 75%, I'd guess it to be worth close to $1200ish but, that's just a guess without seeing it. It sort of sucks that it's a '99 instead of a '98 since the '98s and earlier command an additional 20% or so premium. I guess that's irrelevent since your gun is worth 1000% more to you than anyone else.

a old Marine
10-14-2009, 4:33 PM
As my Uncle told me once. The worth of anything, Is what the buying party is willing to give ya.

M. D. Van Norman
10-14-2009, 6:29 PM
I’ll give you one hundred green American dollars right now. :devil2:

Really, it sounds priceless to me. :D

Sheepdog1968
10-14-2009, 6:57 PM
Cabela's online has a section for their sale on classic items like yours. Might be worth checking out.

G-Man WC
10-18-2009, 12:40 PM
It's priceless, don't sell it. You can't put a price on a family handed down gun. That's what I plan to do with all of mine. Late at night the ghost of gramps and all of the animals killed by it will come back to haunt you. -g

tango5
10-18-2009, 5:39 PM
It's priceless, don't sell it. You can't put a price on a family handed down gun. That's what I plan to do with all of mine. Late at night the ghost of gramps and all of the animals killed by it will come back to haunt you. -g

I never said i wanted to sell it, i just wanted to know its value for insurance puposes.

G-Man WC
10-18-2009, 7:31 PM
I know T5, just hav'n a little fun. --g

Asphodel
10-18-2009, 10:07 PM
tango,

The 'Fjestad Blue Book', an established price reference which should, reasonably, be accepted by your insurance company, shows the 1899-1929 production of the M94 standard rifle (26" barrel) at $1500 for 70% condition, or $1850 for 80%.

They show the carbine (20" barrel) at $1150 and $1450, respectively, for those condition levels.

(Note.....if your rifle has a serial number below the 148000 range, or any 'special order features', it might be significantly more valuable. You could find the Winchester Collectors' web-site, and ask Bert Hartman, who could explain what to look for as the 'special order' Winchesters. It is unlikely that your rifle will be a 'special order' one, but it can't hurt to check on this, as some are quite valuable to collectors)

That 'Fjestad' book also has a series of photographs to illustrate the condition percentages they reference. It might be a cheap investment for you to buy a copy of the book, so that you could show your insurance agent your justification for the valuation you'd list for insurance purposes.

cheers

Carla

G-Man WC
10-18-2009, 11:23 PM
Good link for levers. Paco's been around a while and lot's of good info.
http://www.levergunscommunity.com/
-g

drawn
10-19-2009, 8:17 AM
Don't assume your renters insurance will cover firearms to their full value (don't forget tax). Bring it up and have it writ in the policy. Some firearms are irreplaceable under current State law and an alternate in this case should be discussed.
Being an NRA member with activated firearm insurance will help cover dros and transfer fees upon replacement.