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Collectibility of 2005 Winchester Model 70's?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kurt_M, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. Kurt_M

    Kurt_M Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about everyone's opinions on the future collectibility of new Winchester rifles, now that they're getting ready to close. I work in a sporting goods store that sells rifles, and we recently did the transfers for a local gun raffle. Several people won Winchester model 70's with camo stocks, black finished barrels and recievers, and chambered in .325 WSM. They don't want them. I'm thinking of buying one or two and leaving it the safe for a few years as an investment. Personally I think they could double or triple in value after 3-5 years, if kept in new condition. What say you?
  2. HPJeep

    HPJeep Well-Known Member

    Personally I don't think they will be collectible for some 30 years from now. 3-5 years from now is nothing in the world of gun values. If you happen to have the funds and won't need to sell the model 70s for a while go for it. I've noticed the values of pre 1964 model 70s are dropping. There are several reasons. 1. Everybody wants something new nowadays. 2. The old timers are passing away and they remember the high qualities of the old pre-64s whereas younger folks just think of them as old. 3. People want the new calibers because it is the latest and greatest which I think is just marketing hoopla. Rebarrelling a pre-64 destroys the value. Good luck in your decision!
  3. sumpnz

    sumpnz Well-Known Member

    I'll just be a used gun like any other post-64 M70. I say this since I figure it's pretty likely that another company will pick up the pieces and start making them again.
  4. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    There's been thousands, perhaps millions made (post-64 model 70's) with no reason for them to become collectible. It's not like someone is going to want one for their "fine" quality. Don't get me wrong, they aren't any worse than anything else but I just don't see them ever being comparable to a pre-64 Winchester. A 325 WSM might help a little although I'm not convinced it will ever be very popular. My opinion is that they will always just be old rifles. I just got a NIB 300 Mag manufactured in 1962 by Dumoulin on a commercial FN action, it's probably worth $6-800 now, which is 6-8 times what it cost new, but that was over 40 years ago.

    But heck, people collect beanie babies so what do I know.
  5. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus Well-Known Member

    Post 64 Winchesters may appreciate in value along the lines of inflation, but that's gonna be it.

    They're never going to be a collector item... and as the previous poster said, there's only millions of them in circulation...
  6. rugerfreak

    rugerfreak Well-Known Member

    Dream On----nothin special now---nothin special 5 years from now.
  7. Kurt_M

    Kurt_M Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the info guys, it's much appreciated.

    If you don't have anything useful to contribute to the conversation, why bother posting at all? I asked a simple question in the hopes of getting a mature response from those more experienced and informed than I. Sorry if my ignorance offends you.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2006
  8. palerider1

    palerider1 member

    i like the pre-64 model 94's in 30-30. i think that would be a much better investment than the model 70. you can get a really nice m-94 for 500-800 bucks.

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