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jc higgins 30-30 lever sears-ted williams?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 45Frank, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. 45Frank

    45Frank Member

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    Can anyone tell me who was the maker of this firearm and maybe value? I have been told whoever makes it knock 25% off because of the store name is this true? It was made in 1966. I hope I'm in the right place. A friend has had one for a while and it's like brand new and he is a little hard up and selling some of his older stuff and was thinking of buying it but want to be fair.
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  2. jakk280rem

    jakk280rem Senior Member

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    If it's a Model 45, then it's a Marlin. As for value, generally, the various store brand guns sell for less than their manufacturer branded siblings. Which is fine with me. It means you can lay hands on some nice Marlin, Winchester, Mossberg and Savage iron for considerably less than the non store brand gun. Materials are often cheaper, generally low grade walnut or even beech in place of the nicer pieces found on the others. fit and finish from that era was generally higher than today. The guns are often found in poor condition, because as today, inexpensive firearms were bought to be used, and many were, heavily. The quality of the design and materials is telling however as many despite their somewhat disheveled appearance are still serviceable for many more years.
     
  3. mcdonl

    mcdonl Senior Member

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    Im good with that too jakk... I have a Sears Bolt Action - Savage Model 340.... and a New Haven 12 ga pump (Mossberg 500) and I paid less than $200 combined for both of them.

    I think they are cool and a sign of the past. Not that I would want a Walmart version of a Savage Axis but it is the same principle.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    Top eject = Winchester. 1966 was in the low era of "post '64" Winchesters with cost cutting measures in materials and assembly. They stated gaining back in 1968.
    Functional, but not "nice" and not worth a lot of money.

    Side eject = Marlin. I got very close to buying one of these; it had a Monte Carlo comb which looked out of place on a lever action, but had 6 groove rifling instead of Microgroove; which would have been good for cast bullets in CAS. (I ended up with a .33 WCF at 4X the price.)
     
  5. Abel

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    I think that the Ted Williams was a Winchester.
     
  6. jakk280rem

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    A photo of the gun and barrel address would be tremendously helpful.
     
  7. elktrout

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    My youngest son possesses one of these JC Higgins 30-30 rifles that his late grandfather bought in the 1960s and eventually gave to him as a pass-me-down. It has a basic 4x scope on it and shoots 3 shots into 2 inches at 100 yards, plenty good enough for woods hunting. When my son was 12 years old, he shot his first deer with it. When he was 13, he shot a nice eight pointer with it.

    It is a sweet little gun, which he intends to keep for obvious reasons.
     
  8. jmfc606

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    I had a Ted Williams Model 100 lever action from Sears. It was a Winchester 94. If you have a Blue book of gun values in the back it has a cross reference for every store brand to the actual maker and the years they were made.
     
  9. Chawbaccer

    Chawbaccer Senior Member

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    I believe your date of manufacture is off, Sears dropped the JC Higgins name in 62, so if it is a Winchester it is a pre 64.
     
  10. 45lcshooter

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    Its not going to be worth anything near a Pre 64 firearm. 30-30 was my first deer rifle in a Winchester 94. I wont part with it forever, it was my first gun I bought with my money. The jc Higgins and Ted Williams are nice as well and good for taking trips to the woods.

    I know if a buddy need cash to pay bills and I had some cash in my pocket I would help him out because I know how all my buddies take care of their firearms and I wouldn't be kicking myself for dropping a boat load of money on it. And I know they would do the same for me, and they have in the past.
     
  11. K-Rod

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    I have a TW 30-30 model 100. It's made by Winchester. Only difference is the TW tube mag is a little shorter then the model 94. It was made for Sears & they put the Ted Williams name on it. You could find lots of things from Sears with the Ted Williams name on it. Boat motors, guns, camping equipment etc. It was all just a "Marketing" thing. My model 100 shoots &functions great. It's my #1 truck, camping & hiking rifle.
     
  12. Reloadron
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    Need any magazines? I have 3 sitting here that I will never have a use for.

    Ron
     
  13. mcdonl

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    Oh yeah. Getting one to feed properly is a chore!! PM me!!

    Leroy


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    PM sent hopefully with some pictures. :)

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