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My papa has had a Flaig custom rifle in .270 that he has hunted with for years, won it back in the 70's through a raffle for $5. He loves this gun. He just recently bought a 30-06 Flaig rifle at an estate sale and was wondering if these guns have any value and if so what do they go for these days? Just wondering, appreciate any info.
 

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Flaig was a big gun dealer in the Pittsburgh area in the post-WW2period. They made up lots of sporters, including many on 98 Mauser actions. Most likely what your papa has. Determining value is hard to do because it depends on bore condition, type and figure of wood, quality of sporterization, etc. Maybe just a good shooter in the $100-300 range, or a custom job worth a lot more.
 

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Flaig's was originally in the Northside of Pittsburgh, (East Ohio Street) then moved out to Ross Township. they advertised Millvale Pa. It was a beautiful lodge "up on the hill", over Babcock Blvd. The "Lodge" was really built like a european hunting lodge. Very German and imported lots of expensive German/Austrian guns; Ferlach doubles and drillings among others.

They had a number of great gunsmiths over the years and any job could be done.

Barrels stamped with the Flaig name could be rebarrels or guns made to customer's spec. they used a lot of '98s and FN actions.

Flaig died without children, and the business shrank. He always had a german shepard, Heidi; he was a very colorful character. Later a young couple bought it, for the name and the import rights. That lasted about 4 years, then the whole business faded into history.

I doubt that the "Flaig" name makes it collectable. I have a few rifles that had work that was done at Flaig's. BUT, the name does mean they were done right and should be very good rifles.

There are a lot of those "Flaig" rifles still floating around the Western Pensylvania area.
 

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Both guns my papa has are mauser type actions, the .270 he won in the 50's(I originally thought he won it in the 70's) is very pretty, it is custom and it has a manlicher type stock where the wood runs all the way to the end of the barrel on the forearm and is a very pretty tiger striped. The 30-06 he just bought is also mauser action but the forearm is more traditional and the wood isn't as pretty as the .270, however still a nice gun with good bluing and wood. I'm starting to think the 06 is one of the more common ones that you had mentioned and the .270 may fall somewhere in the middle between the sporters and high end customs.
 

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my papa is going to keep the .270 because it's his go to gun and he's had it since the 50's but he's most likely gonna sell the 30-06 soon, from what I'm reading on these guns I'm starting to wish I had the extra money just to buy a neat little piece of history. I saw a Flaig rifle 7mm I found on a google search that looked like a very nice gun but they wanted almost $1500 for it, maybe when I hit the powerball on saturday.
 

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I've owned one Flaig's rifle, a .375 Weatherby on a magnum FN action, that a fit of post-adolescent/gun-struck thinking made me buy....richly blued, stocked in a piece of tiger stripe maple and fitted with a Pendleton brake, it was something I just had to have....very accurate....I remember putting 20 factory .375 H&Hs through it in a fire-forming session that went into two inches....

Family needs dictated I sell it....sad to say....wonder if the buyer still has it? now you got me thinking....
 

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well if your interested in one in .06, my papa is going to a gun show this saturday, I think it's at the vet's headed into sharon on 62 he said he was probably gonna take it and set it on his table and see if there was any interest. Though your .375 sounds like a nicer gun with the tiger striped maple and brake. Who knows maybe you'll be able to get it back someday. There have been a couple guns over the years that family needs forced me to part with that I still lament over, like I said someday when I hit the powerball.
 

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yeah, I'm gonna go over this weekend and check out the different guns so if it sells I let you know. He figures at the very least by having it there and letting a couple old timers pick it up and look over it he can get a better idea on it. He has his group of guns he uses and then he picks guns up at estates and takes them to shows from time to time he is into antiques and what not and its neat to get to look at some of the older guns, even when not valuable when you pick them up you can just imagine the stories they would tell. I'll let you know.
 
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