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What is a 30-06 worth?

I have a 15 year-old Remington 700 BDL in .30-06 with a Leupold VX-1 3-9x40 scope. I also have a .308 and a 25-06 so I feel like this rifle is redundant and I have not used it in a couple years.

I am thinking about selling it and using the proceeds to get a 300 wsm or a 7mm magnum as a longer range rifle for the next time I go out west for elk. I have shot some nice bucks with this rifle, though, so it has some sentimental value. In good shape, what would this rifle be worth (scope included)?

Thanks, I am trying to decide whether I should hang onto it.
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A gun is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it combined with how much effort you are willing to put into it.

A recent blue book is a valuable resource, but you must be realistic about the condition of your firearm.
If you don't have a blue book and don't feel like buying one take it to your LGS. If they are nice they may actually let you see the book when they are grading the gun; not acting like the book is a coveted publication that only they know how to read. Be familiar with your gun; there are many variations\calibers and years produced that increase or decrease the value of your particular gun.

Get a Gun broker account so you can search the "completed listings" and see if you can find your gun or a similar model to determine what people have actually been willing to pay.

You will take a hit on a scope more than likely, so don't be offended when the LGS doesn't offer the same $ for a used scope as used gun.
FTF sale gets you the most $, selling to your LGS the least, and selling on Gun Broker is the most hassle.
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Not understanding your idea. you are worried about redundancy so you want to sell your 30-06 and buy something that is basically the same as your 30-06. Yeah I know the magnums mentioned are mildly more powerful but this can be negated with the high energy loads offered by Federal and Hornady. And your guide probably will advise against any shot at great distance.
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Not understanding your idea. you are worried about redundancy so you want to sell your 30-06 and buy something that is basically the same as your 30-06. Yeah I know the magnums mentioned are mildly more powerful but this can be negated with the high energy loads offered by Federal and Hornady. And your guide probably will advise against any shot at great distance.
Uggh, I didn't want to say that and deleted it as part of my prior post about if the '06 is a good shooter with a heavier quality bullet then maybe an examination into the gains in ballistics of the other calibers mentioned wasn't worth the hassle of selling\buying hoping the new gun was a shooter.....

But back on topic I went to the library and my older (31st edition) blue book had two pages of BDL models and the "classic" was from 775$-260$ based on condition from 100-60%. But heck, you may have the Dale Ernhart edition or a detachable mag, or ..... and then the prices are all different.
So I can't answer your question and without the gun in hand (or really good pics) it would take someone with more knowledge than I have to you get an accurate answer.

If I wanted to buy your gun I would try to figure out what it would cost me to buy it new and make sure the savings I was getting was worth the chance of buying used. I have found that if someone stumbles across a factory gun that is a true tack driver they usually don't want to part with it.
Just an opinion.
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Thanks guys. So an average is around $500. I guess Iíll just hang onto it. You canít do much with $500 these days. I am still going to buy a faster cartridge but I think Iíll save the 30-06. I am starting to have more firearms than I have room for though.
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Oh, also, I donít use guides.
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I was going to say less than $500, so if you were thinking more, you're better off hanging on to it. The gloss finish on the BDL isn't too popular these days either.
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....and the gun market is pretty soft right now (unless/until we get another gun grabber next election) unless you have something unique. In my early hunting days everyone and their brother that had a bolt gun had a rem BDL 06 (or a 760), so unless you really need the dough, better off to keep it........and use it!
Besides if you're creative you can always find another spot in the house to put another gun.
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I was going to say less than $500, so if you were thinking more, you're better off hanging on to it. The gloss finish on the BDL isn't too popular these days either.
I was guessing 500ish. To buy it new with the scope and mount, it would probably cost about $1200. I also have about $100 worth of ammo for it. For less than $500, I'll just keep it. Thanks
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At a large local gunshow last weekend 700's like you are describing were going 500-550 so I'd say you're spot on with your estimate
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