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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Some general ideas on some old guns

My papa bought some guns of a fella the other night and asked me about what they were worth, I told him I would ask you guys to get a general idea. He got a colt diamondback in 6" barrel I think .38 special, NIB, never fired, original box and papers, a colt diamondback 6" barrel in .22 fired 5 times, a colt python snubnose .38 special, a marlin lever action 218 bee (never heard of this one before), and a winchester "centenial" from 1967 gun says 100 years has an octagon barrel on it. All guns are 95% or better, don't have pics( I know I'm sorry), just wanted to get a round about idea for him, is the diamondback worth more in .38 or .22, is a 218bee a varmint cartridge? Appreciate any info guys thanks for the help.

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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

Did some quick gunbroker searches and he is sitting on a nice set of guns
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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

171, you don't happen to know anything about them do you, I know colts are collectable and usually hold value but I wasn't sure if the .22 would be worth more than the .38 because it seemed rarer, like I said before I've never heard of a 218bee, and I know winchesters have some value if in good condition which this one was, but I had no idea if it would mean anything it being a commemerative gun from 67.

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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

wow!someone on here will help you out,what model is the marlin,pythons are worth some coin, check out gunbroker.com, i think you will be smiling!

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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

the colts dont fire!! ther about 2k each and up toss them in the safe and forget about them for another 10+ years
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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

All those guns are worth good money. The 218 Bee is up there with the colts. At one time it was a popular varmit round.
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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

The 218 Bee is probably a Marlin Model 1894. The 218 Bee is a cartridge very similar to the 22 Hornet. Just slightly hotter in velocity. A nice little walking varmint rifle.

The Diamond Back's are of pretty good qualtiy, but not of Python quality. The Python is the most valuable of the bunch.

Pictures would help.

The Diamond Back's are some pretty decent 38 Special's. I have owned a few of them. I also had a 22LR Diamond Back. It was a decent revolver, but was not overly accurate. But it was a nice carry piece, like the 38 Special's in it's time.

The Diamond Back's have seen a prety good price increase latly in the market. So they still hold pretty good value, but again the Python is where your real money is.

If the 218 bee is an 1894(which it probably is)then the cartridge demands a slight price increase over the other available cartridges. I have seen them go from $450 to as much as $700. I have seen the Python's go for $1,000(or even higher) although I am not sure why??

The Diamond Back's have increased as I said earlier. Maybe even into the $500 range(or slightly higher) to the right buyer. Tom.
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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

Thanks guys, I appreciate all the info and help.

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Re: Some general ideas on some old guns

How much for the 218?Bolt action is better for me.However a lever may work.

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How much for the 218?Bolt action is better for me.However a lever may work.

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