Sears & Roebuck 53A


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Southside830
April 5, 2013, 08:07 PM
I might be purchasing a Sears & Roebuck 53A chambered in 30-06. The seller has told me its a Winchester model 70 post-64. It has a plain stock with no checkering. The rifle is in amazing shape for its age. He said he bought it mid seventies new. Are these rifles just as good as the winchester ? Also do you think 425$ is a fair price ? Anyone familiar with this rifle please chime in. Thanks.

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Ron James
April 5, 2013, 08:36 PM
Yes it is a Model 70 with butts. To meet Sears price guide lines, the wood is probably birch instead of walnut, the checking is impressed instead of cut and less finishing was done on both the inside and outside of the gun and a few more odds and ends. A store brand gun will bring 15 to 20 per-cent less that if it had the parent company's name roll marked on the barrel. And yes, it is post 64, Sears didn't sell any Models 53's prior to 1964. I think his asking price is high { by at least 50 dollars } but I could be wrong, perhaps someone better versed than myself will post the proper value.

murf
April 5, 2013, 08:46 PM
does it come with a scope, if so, what kind and power?

murf

Abel
April 5, 2013, 09:35 PM
It would make a great doner barreled action. Get it for $375 or $400 and you'd be set.

Southside830
April 5, 2013, 11:46 PM
It doesn't include a scope or rings but I have an extra Redfield for it. I think one of my responders was right it looks like a birch stock. I am going to tell him 400$ take it or leave it. Still a good price for a model 70 IMO. How was Winchesters build quality in the seventies ?

WardenWolf
April 6, 2013, 03:37 AM
How was Winchesters build quality in the seventies ?

About like everything else that came out of the 1970s: crap. The 1970s were a transitional period for everything, using new equipment, techniques, and materials. As such, pretty much everything you see that comes out of the 70s will have sloppy tolerances and other problems and will not be as good as the stuff that came both before or after. This applies to guns, cars, and virtually anything else from that era.

Carl N. Brown
April 6, 2013, 04:05 AM
Numrich Arms (Gun Parts Inc.) has a house brands to manufacturer tables and lists Sears Model 53A (Sears control number 273.532780) as made by Winchester and equvalent to Winchester Model 70A.

Meandering off topic: Those were the days when Sears, Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penneys, Western Auto had sporting goods departments with house brand guns (Ted Williams, Western Field, Revelation, etc) made for them by Marlin, Winchester, Colt, even Fabrique Nationale of Liege Belgium.

Then the 1968 Gun Control Act removed guns from the mainstream store sporting goods department to the stand-alone gun shop, and later the gun show. Instead of going to Sears for my gun supplies, over the years I and others were migrated to going to stores like Gunrunners ("The Cop Shop") the local police equipment supplier, and introduced to the world of MGs AOWs ETCs.

For you youngsters, compare the original "Dawn of the Dead" zombie movie to the recent remake: in the original, the gun store was IN the mall. In the remake, the gun store was ghettoized across the street from the mall. Us oldsters have seen that change in our lifetime.

Cocked & Locked
April 6, 2013, 09:22 AM
I don't know anything about a 53A but I do have a Sears 53 .30-06. It is a post 1964 Winchester for certain.

I bought this one 2-3 years ago for $260 OTD. Trying to keep the cost down, I put Weaver bases/rings, and Weaver Classic V10 scope on it that I had. I've got it zeroed in with Remington Core-Lokt 180 grain.

Mine did have a light colored "other" wood stock on it when I got it. I replaced it with a walnut stock for a model 53 that I found on Gun Broker (pictured.)
I'd just as soon hunt with it as any of my other rifles.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/17383006/400977765.jpg

Southside830
April 6, 2013, 10:08 PM
I bought the gun for 400$. This thing doesn't have a mark on it. The seller said it was never fired. It was made 1972. I'm happy with the purchase. Thanks for all the help guys !!

Cocked & Locked
April 6, 2013, 11:01 PM
You're going to like it. I never was able to figure out when mine was made. :(

Scooter22
April 7, 2013, 03:24 PM
"Then the 1968 Gun Control Act removed guns from the mainstream store sporting goods department to the stand-alone gun shop, and later the gun show. "

Geez, maybe in your state but in NY department stores still sold long arms and ammo up into the 1980s. Sears, Penney's, Wards, Kmart plus a half dozen other regional chains.

Post a pic of your new rifle. The price on 'house brand" guns are going up. Some models are as or more expensive than the name brand models. There are usually fewer of the house brand.

Southside830
April 7, 2013, 10:51 PM
I will post some pics when I get a chance. Cocked and locked yours is beautiful !!

Nathanael_Greene
April 8, 2013, 06:05 PM
Some of those department-store guns were great values. For a while, they were dirt-cheap, too.

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