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Old January 23rd, 2016, 03:56 PM   #1
 
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96/44 value ?

I recently stumbled on a LNIB 96/44 and was thinking of purchasing it to run suppressed. My question is what's these rifles worth theses days? I looked at gun broker and from the looks of ones with no bids I know what is too much. Also is there any real collectability with these because if I do purchase it I will be having the barrel threaded which would pretty much ruin any collector value.



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Are you buying it to be an investment or a shooter, that is what you have to ask yourself.
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Are you buying it to be an investment or a shooter, that is what you have to ask yourself.
I'm looking at it for a shooter just not sure on value. Seller wont budge off $700 which seems to be at the upper end of the scale.
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I'm looking at it for a shooter just not sure on value. Seller wont budge off $700 which seems to be at the upper end of the scale.
Cabelas in Gonzales, La had one around Thanksgiving in about 95-98% with a Leupold 4x on it for $800.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 04:31 PM   #6
 
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They are great shooting guns ans getting harder to find in good condition. $600-$700 dollars is the average price here in North East Florida.
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Bought one last summer-- far from pristine, but in reasonable used condition once thoroughly cleaned--for $450.
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Saw a nice one (95%) at the last Indy 1500 for 850.00. You don't find them "out in the wild" very often.

I do enjoy mine, but I don't think I would buy one for the prices they are asking these days. It's not a bad gun, it's just doesn't fall into the same niche as a traditional lever action. I think you would be just as well served with an autoloader.

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I keep an eye out for them locally and they usually are in the $700-800 range if in decent condition.

I plan to thread mine (I have one) in the near future for the same use (I just got a 300gr mold to use for subs). I think it'll be fun to shoot with a can.

Most people around here look more for the 77/44 or 77/357 but IMHO I think the lever guns are going to be more fun to shoot while still having a much quieter action compared to an auto or anything else.
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I highly recommend that if you want to run a suppressor on it, you put an aftermarket barrel on and use that. Don't screw up the value of the rifle by threading the factory tube. That way you can always return it to original and sell it for full value later.
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$700.00 is way too high in south Texas!
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I paid 600 for one new in the box two years ago
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Wanted one bad when they were announced. Sadly, I couldn't get one fast enough and lost interest.
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