Rifles You Regret Selling


Art Eatman
March 19, 2009, 06:05 PM
Okay, we've got a thread about deals turned down. You ever sell one for which you could kick yourself or cry?

For me, it was a heavy-barrelled Ruger 77 in .220 Swift. 3/8 MOA, reliably.

And then, even worse, a Winchester 1895 in .30-'03, cavalry saddle-ring carbine with military proofs, in about NRA 90%. That was primal-scream stupid.

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March 19, 2009, 06:21 PM
I have sold two rifles.

One was a 10/22 that never did feed right, the other a Mosin M38 with the front sight about 10 degrees off vertical and soldered.

Don't miss either one of them.

I always wanted to like both, but reality didn't match desire.

March 19, 2009, 06:22 PM
Every one of them, sometimes I sold out of necessity and sometimes out of stupidity. I regret every one, if I had been more patient I could have kept them. Even the Marlin 336 with the crooked barrel should have been a keeper. Now I'm older and I don't sell or trade, I buy!!!!!!!!

jim in Anchorage
March 19, 2009, 06:24 PM
1890 Winchester pump .22,early model with concealed locking lugs. $75:banghead:

Big Bill
March 19, 2009, 06:31 PM
I just can't participate. It's too painful. :(

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 19, 2009, 06:35 PM
That was primal-scream stupid.

Lol, I have that same affliction.

I just can't participate. It's too painful.

Yeah, +1.

March 19, 2009, 06:37 PM
My Grandfathers Marlin .22 that he gave me for my 10th birthday:banghead:

I sold it when I was a poor college student to buy another gun and then when my grandfathr passed away I felt very guilty for selling:(

Also the gun I bought with the money wasn't worth it to begin with:banghead:

March 19, 2009, 06:48 PM
I have sold a couple of rifles over the last couple of years and used the proceeds to purchase another gun. The two that I sold I NEVER EVER fired and the one that I purchase not only do I fire it but it costs less. So no at this point I do not regret the ones I have sold.

In fact I have a couple of other rifles that I want to sell and so I can purchase a another one.

They are a Ruger 280 and a Rem CDL 7mm-08. Both shoot good it is just that I do not intend to ever hunt with them and I seldom ever shoot them. I want to purchase a 243 and would like to sell them in order to do so.

March 19, 2009, 07:00 PM
My Grandfathers Marlin .22 that he gave me for my 10th birthday

Wow, you are a bastard.:) I mean, if you sold it because you were out of Top Ramen and starving, that'd be one thing, but to buy another gun, and probably nothing nice, either?

I have a few guns that I never shoot. They take up space. Why do I keep them?

Either BECAUSE my Dad gave them to me, or they were my "firsts" or both.

March 19, 2009, 07:00 PM
I had a Remington 700 .243 cal with a synthetic stock. It was my truck and coyote rifle. I kick myself every time I think about selling it. Everytime I see the guy I sold it to, I ask him to sell it back to me. He just laughs at me.

March 19, 2009, 07:01 PM
A very nice Swedish Mauser type, short with bent bolt.

What was I thinking!!!

March 19, 2009, 07:03 PM
I'm greedy. I haven't sold any of mine. :D

March 19, 2009, 07:14 PM
Bought and sold probably 30 guns in the past 1 years, I don't get attached, they are things. The ONLY one I regret selling was my Anschutz 1502 Beaver tail. And I got rid of some nice guns. But if I don't shoot them I have no use for them

S. Hill
March 19, 2009, 07:16 PM
A Rem. 40X in 22.250. I sold it to finance my Dakota 76 in 7mm-08. Almost as bad as that was that I sold it with a Weaver T-25 mounted on it

Andrew Wyatt
March 19, 2009, 07:24 PM
every gun i have ever sold.

March 19, 2009, 07:31 PM
For me, it was a heavy-barrelled Ruger 77 in .220 Swift. 3/8 MOA, reliably.

Same here, I had a nice stainless one with laminated stock. I was broke after graduating college so I sold it. Along with all my reloading equipment:banghead:

I've spent the 11 years since then reacquiring guns and reloading tools:mad:

March 19, 2009, 07:32 PM
This is why I'm going to try and never sell any guns I've acquired over the years. So far I've held true to that, came close to trading two of them, but backed down thank God.

Jeff White
March 19, 2009, 07:40 PM
A mint 03A3 Springfield. I still wonder why I let the guy talk me into selling it to him. :banghead:

S. Hill
March 19, 2009, 07:45 PM
A Springfield? What did you need back enough to part with that??

Notice all the Head Bangin' guys in the previous posts?

Brian Dale
March 19, 2009, 07:48 PM
No. I sold a revolver once, and I wish that I still owned it. I've been broke enough that I even sold books that I owned and would rather have kept, but selling a rifle, well...that just ain't on the list.

March 19, 2009, 08:25 PM
this is going to hurt... but ill try to hold up ... maybe it was the early ruger no 1 with bull barrel in .220 swift. wow what a sweet prarie dog gun when i lived out on the great plains. sob. or maybe it was the winchester model 92 in 25-20. in pristine condition.... (openly weeping and blowing nose now) or maybe it was the perfect a5 browning 12 gauge i traded for at the fort worth gun show years ago. or was it the the th e..... NO ITS TOO PAINFUL I CANT ......

March 19, 2009, 08:44 PM
Winchester Model 70 Classic 338 Win mag - LEFT HAND Can't find that one any longer

The Deer Hunter
March 19, 2009, 08:53 PM
I'm young, and haven't sold any yet. I don't plan on it, either.

You see, as young and stupid as I may be, I learned from you old farts' mistakes from reading on here :neener:

March 19, 2009, 09:00 PM
I do not buy one with the plan to sell.

Joe Demko
March 19, 2009, 09:02 PM
Kennedy Killer Carcano.
Colt SP1
Polish-made Radom Mauser

March 19, 2009, 09:09 PM
A Winchester 94 made in 1972, I traded for a Mosin Nagert 91 made in Finland in 1944. But i still miss that rifle and I offered the guy who ended with the rifle a brand new Marlin for it and he turned me down.

I also give another Winchester 94 to another friend and that one I don't regret at all.

March 19, 2009, 10:14 PM
I have been happy getting rid of every rifle I have sold. I either got more for it than it was worth and replaced it or I didn't have a use for it and bought something more fun. I try to only buy rifles I will like but the occasional fluke pops up and needs to go.

March 19, 2009, 10:16 PM
Colt Sporter II Green label.
Sub MOA chrome lined plain jane AR
A real AR 15
Got full value for it, but still miss it.

March 19, 2009, 10:18 PM
I have yet to sell a gun and don't plan to.

March 19, 2009, 10:41 PM
My Polish M44, a .308 long-barreled Saiga I once had, and my Armory USA SSR Bulgarian AK.

March 20, 2009, 12:09 AM
all of them that i sold as a dum kid for fire crackers,chrome valve covers,ton of other stupid crap= 30-30 marlin,rem 25-06,several 22s,sks,Stevenson double barrel coach,rem1100trap,ruger singal six,CVA Kentucky rifle kit i built,win pump,10-22, my dad should of stopped me.i could still cry over that old stevenson coach:banghead::banghead:

March 20, 2009, 12:19 AM
Not really. Most every firearm I have sold was because I purchased them on a whim and had no real interest in them or need. So eventually I came to my senses and sold them and bought something else.

I turned a Colt Python into two Colt revolvers. Never looked back.

I turned a Mossberg Chuckster (22WMR) into a custom knife.

I turned Smith Model 25 into a Colt Diamondback back before they were so expensive.

I turned a Uzi Mini Carbine into other guns during the Clinton AWB.

What goes around comes around.

March 20, 2009, 12:27 AM
Selling my Norinco SKS and watching the prices double afterwards... de de de

Arkansas Paul
March 20, 2009, 12:32 AM
A rifle, no. I did trade a 4" Ruger GP100, and regretted it deeply.

March 20, 2009, 12:35 AM
Winchester 52 target 13lbs. Winchester model 70 264 win mag pre 64 STAINLESS.:banghead:

March 20, 2009, 05:45 AM
No real regrets...

I think Karma is teasing me on one of them though.

Years ago, I picked up a Sako Deluxe Finnbear in a pawn shop, combination of cash and a pistol, it was mine. Great wood, solid shooter. I reached the point where I never really shot it much. Listed it for sale a couple of times.

Ended up trading it for a .308 M70 heavy varmint with a scope. Sold the scope, traded the .308 for a BPS in 10 ga, sold the 10 ga. Got what I had been asking for the Sako in the end.

The teasing part is: the guy I traded it to has tried to sell it several times over the years in the local ad paper. His first asking price was about 2500.00. I think the latest price I've seen is 800 or 900.00.

I wouldn't mind having it back, except I doubt I would shoot much, which is why it went in the first place. :D

March 20, 2009, 07:04 AM
Winchester 1958 model 94
Ruger 10-22
nylon 66

March 20, 2009, 09:26 AM
I have one..a dumber-than-a-box-of-pet-rocks-stupid...

Sold a Marlin Camp Carbine .45ACP in a moment of utter foolishness.

March 20, 2009, 09:33 AM
A Marlin 22mag (25MN). It was a honest to true out of the box tack driving 22mag. One day after finally sighting in the $50 scope I was going nuts trying to find the target. I would hit the first shot and the second was missing. I had to walk up to the target and "wow! thats was a lucky shot". Tried it again and again and at 80 yrds I could honestly shoot the same hole over and over. My buddy was just amazed. I drove 25 miles one way to buy more bullets just to keep shooting it. At our yearly shoot out with all the 223's, 308's, and various wildcats everybody wanted to shoot it as a novelty. That gun was a circus freak!
5 yrs later I sold it as a partial trade. No real big deal but it is a fun story to share.

March 20, 2009, 10:13 AM
I have had a few that I should be dragged out and beat for selling.

A Martini cadet 32. win
1873 Springfield 45/70 trapdoor
Remington #6 rolling block .22
Ruger Single Six Hunter .22

The last is a handgun but I miss the heck out of it. I had this moron phase where I thought new was better. Anymore I try and buy older guns if I can.

March 20, 2009, 11:42 AM
i dont regret getting rid of most of the guns i have sold or traded, but i do miss the M1a NM i traded for an AK and cash a few years back.....that is what happens when you have to feed 2 hobbies..not anymore

March 20, 2009, 03:11 PM
Sold a very nice pre-ban Colt Match HBAR that I still regret selling. Regret has become more acute with the current run on all AR-type rifles.

Also regretted selling a nice straight-stocked Marlin 336 RC. But I was able to rectify that recently with the purchase of an equally nice straight-stocked 336 Texan. :D

But don't get me started on handguns ...

March 20, 2009, 03:23 PM
Remington something or other 1980's production youth .243 bolt rifle that was my first deer gun. Very accurate, shot at least 9 deer and a few coyotes with it. Traded it on a Winchester MDL 70 .22-250 that I almost never use. Stupid.. stupid.. stupid, in my defense I was young. I'm just now 20 years later getting my deer rifle situation sorted out again after a few false starts on crappy guns.

March 20, 2009, 04:18 PM
Full stock Sako in 308 Win.

March 20, 2009, 05:30 PM
Ruger #1 in .270 Weatherby -- I still have to listen to my brother rant about that one!
It was my first center fire rifle.

March 20, 2009, 06:57 PM
Traded a beautiful CZ82 for a Bubba Enfield Jungle Carbine . After first shooting the scope fell off. I sank a bunch of money in it and never got it fixed properly. Sold the damn thing for $100 and never looked back

March 20, 2009, 07:35 PM
Ruger .44 mag carbine I know your thinking there is still alot of those around, but I put time into that rifle it was beat up when I got it and would not load correctly. When I got done with it it ran like a clock. Felt perfect in the hand. Also a WASR 10 I had it had no problems and really was a gun that got me addicting to shooting.

March 20, 2009, 07:42 PM
Two nice, pre-safety 30-30's at different times, a 336CS, and a 336 with the gold tone trigger.:banghead:

March 20, 2009, 08:57 PM
Regret every sale w the exception of a 10/22.

March 20, 2009, 09:01 PM
My childhood Rem 580 .22 single shot bolt action. Wish I still had it every time I see an armadillo in my yard. :(

March 20, 2009, 09:06 PM
i don't have any regrets. some i have sold because they didn't meet my needs or were worn out. others i have sold because i had too much money tied up in something 'collectible' that i was afraid to shoot.

the guns i sold funded new purchases that are far more practical for me. so, while i would like to own all the guns on the planet... if i have to sell to upgrade, so be it

March 20, 2009, 10:23 PM
I sold my Norinco SKS for $20 more than I bought it for. I've bought two more since then but the first had a better trigger. At least it's in the hands of a friend who regularly mows down mountain hares with it.

Brian Williams
March 20, 2009, 10:36 PM
H&R Handi Rifle in 357mag, never shot it, it was a "survivor" series and heavy. I should have at least shot it a couple of times.

March 21, 2009, 07:12 AM
A Browning BLR in .243. Traded it for a SxS 16 gauge that I never could shoot worth a darn. Traded that on an AK, which I like, but would just as soon have the BLR.

March 21, 2009, 09:07 AM
Put me in the "every firearm I've ever sold" column. The only way I will ever part with another firearm is if I've already relplaced it with a nicer example of the same model.

The ones that stands out to me as far as rifles are a 10/22 with the international stock and Bushmaster AR-15A2.

March 21, 2009, 11:00 AM
not one that i sold but one that did get away
my dad had a marlin 30-30 that he has had forever i even learned to shoot centerfire with that rifle when he passed away i was too young to own it myself so my older brother ended up with it now it sits in a safe unused i really wish i could have had that one

March 21, 2009, 07:56 PM
I hae sold several that I wish I had kept. However, at least I did turn around and use the money to buy other guns.

I have sold a Japanese 7.7 Arisaka for a mere $100.00 and Western .22 tube fed for about $70.00 back in 1991; bought a Savage 110 .308 with those funds. I also sold a Stevens 16 gauge double barrel f$250. Bought a muzzleloader with that money.

In 2001 I sold a SKS sporter that took AK mags for $320.00 (bought a NIB Mini 14 stainless ranch in .223 for $379.00). I also sold a Turkish Mauser in great condition for $120.00 back in 2002. Bought a Hi Point .380 with that money. I really wish that I had kept that Turk. I also stupidly sold a few pistols to dealers at gun shows that I should have sold on Gunbroker. Instead I acted impulsively lost money value in the exchange. Biggest lesson is don't act impulsively and save up if you don't have the funds. If you want to let a go; make sure you really want to get rid of it; if not you will regret letting go of that gun in the future.

March 21, 2009, 10:19 PM
I've never sold a rifle, but I do regret replacing the vintage scope on an inherited Winchester model 70 with something new and fancy. Was young and dumb at the time. Wisdom comes hard sometimes.

March 21, 2009, 10:41 PM
I have given away 2 Remington 788 .243 rifles. I wish I had them back but the ladies that got them still hunt with them. I also sold a Model 78 Sportsman in .243 that shot pretty good and the kid that I sold it to said last week that he would sell it back now that he is grown and wants a bigger gun.

Brian Dale
March 22, 2009, 12:21 AM
I have given away 2 Remington 788 .243 rifles. I wish I had them back but the ladies that got them still hunt with them.Sounds like there's nothing to regret there. I believe you if you mean that it would be nice to have them around, but Well Done! I suppose that you'll probably buy the other rifle back from the kid; another kid will be along shortly. ;)

It's good work. :)

March 22, 2009, 12:30 AM
1 week before the enfamous AWB -- 2 fully dressed HK rifles -- 93 & 91 :( -- 2 rifles I will never be able to replace --

LTR shooter
March 22, 2009, 09:30 AM
700VS .308 - my first bolt centerfire , reall miss it.:(
Weatherby Mark XXII
Rem Nylon 66
1977 Ruger 10/22 Deluxe

Does traded count too?

Sako Finnfire
700VLS .223
Marlin 444

April 3, 2009, 05:19 PM
My first .22: M69 Winchester .22, bought used(as-new condition) in 1960 for $22. Just had to have a Mossberg .22 "semi". Doh!

Mossberg 640K .22Mag. a real tack-driver. Sold it when I bought a centerfire chuck gun.

Several Winchester 9422M's. Each time I found a nicer one, I got rid of the previous one. Shoulda kept them all.

April 3, 2009, 05:31 PM
I regret selling my MAK90. :o
Will have to add a Chinese when time and money permits.

something vague
April 3, 2009, 06:35 PM
My worst regret of selling anything was a Remington 700 BDL Varmint 6mm. I absolutely miss the hell out of that rifle and have been trying to reaquire one with no avail. The one I sold looked as if it had never been shot and the stock was in absolute beautiful condition. I was just getting into my second year in college and needed some funds, most the money went towards beer.:banghead:

Just recently saw one for sale in Uncle Henry's that was a couple towns over. Called on it and it was long gone, somehow he sold it before the damn book was ever put on the newstand.

April 3, 2009, 06:35 PM
Springfield 1903. Sold it to my uncle for $100.

Been kicking myself over that one.

April 3, 2009, 06:46 PM
I've sold a lot of guns, always make a profit. Never looked bad. It's nice to start with a few crappy guns and eventually with trading and putting money into your collection end up with something a lot nicer than you'd imagined possible.

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