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#609057 - 02/11/08 10:31 AM Shoot It or Not
10 Point

Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 4027
Loc: Humphreys,Co

Guys this is the Model 70 I picked up in Calif. while I was there with Pnemona. It's a 1978 Sporter I think,there is no marks on this thing showing it's ever been shot,when I put the bore sighter on it it was dead on,another thing that makes me think it's never been shot. I have looked this gun over and over and there are absolutly no marks,scratches nothing. No slide marks in the throut nothing. My question is should I shoot it and hunt with it,it's not a pre 64 just a clean Model 70.I was worried about with them stopping the 70's I would be devalueing it.

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#609076 - 02/11/08 10:42 AM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: Tikkabuck]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it will never be a really desirable collector's rifle, so shooting it (especially since you cannot document it hasn't been fired already), won't hurt the value that much.

We never know what the future holds, and it may in fact become a very desirable/collectable firearm in new condition... but to me it seems that there are quite a few model 70's out there, so that would hurt the future premium prices.

I don't have any firearms I won't shoot, except for a presentation colt SAA 1964 Nevada centenial in polished nickel/ pearl. It was a gift to my father, and it just drives me crazy having a gun I know if I pull the hammer on will devalue by $1000. I should just sell the thing, but it does have some sentimental value.

#609189 - 02/11/08 12:26 PM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: megalomaniac]
10 Point

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 3398
Loc: Knoxville

Shoot it..... just be careful to not not mess it up and you will not lose any value on it....
If Thompson Center is America's Master Gunmaker... We are in alot of trouble

#609347 - 02/11/08 02:14 PM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: ]
Hillbilly Hunter
16 Point

Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 18075
Loc: Branchville

sell me.... \:D

Guns are meant to be shot!! Just make sure there aren't any obstructions in the barrel.
...they never call me by my name, just Hillbilly...

#609478 - 02/11/08 04:24 PM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
6 Point

Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 611
Loc: Murfreesboro/Knoxville

They are making the Model 70 again arent they? If it was worth something I think you would have to wait a long time for that to happen, shoot it.
#609501 - 02/11/08 04:39 PM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: bcunnin1]
8 Point

Registered: 11/17/01
Posts: 1388
Loc: Ky Lake Paris Tn

Well in my opinion, its all up to you. I have some I have shot
alot and some of them are over 35 years old. I have two that I
have had for 10 to 15 years, bought new and have never had a shell put in them. Neither of real value. I just liked them and
have kept them unfired. One is a pistol, 32 H&R Mag Ruger, the
other is a Ruger Model M77 tang safety in 280, which they do not make anymore.

Do as you will with it and be happy.

#609596 - 02/11/08 05:46 PM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: cdw338]
12 Point

Registered: 09/30/05
Posts: 6877
Loc: Knoxville, TN

I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. I would go ahead and shoot it.

I was thinking along the same lines as you when I had my custom Model 70 made. I didn't want to take it out at first because it was too pretty. Then I started to think, why did I get it in the first place? Took it to the range and it is one sweet shooting rifle. Don't regret one bit that I shot it.
Winchester Model 70 Stainless Left Hand .270 Win.
McMillan Edge
Talley Lightweights
Zeiss Victory Varipoint #60 Illuminated

#610108 - 02/11/08 10:47 PM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: Model70Man]
Cull Buck Hunter
8 Point

Registered: 12/16/05
Posts: 1933
Loc: Cleveland,TN

I would shoot it, just be careful with it and don't mess it up. Retail value is one thing but personal affection for a gun is more important to me, I guess what I mean is I have some guns from my deceased father that don't have a high book value, but you could'nt buy them from me. One of my favorites is a M48a mauser that I fixed up, not worth alot but dang I just like that gun. Anyways you get my drift.
Buy US made products, your job may be next!

#610199 - 02/12/08 12:53 AM Re: Shoot It or Not [Re: Cull Buck Hunter]
.444 Marlin
16 Point

Registered: 08/10/02
Posts: 15458
Loc: Benton, Polk Co. Tenn.

Guns were made to be shot regardless of how nice they are.
Spike bucks come with their own meat skewers.

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