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Interested in knowing ballpark collector value..

Series 1 Nagoya, mismatch bolt, intact mum, overall pretty nice, exc bore. Has the original sling that was on it when it came into the States. Not import marked, of course. I'd guess it came from an island where the bolts were pulled during transit.

Just curious as to a ballpark value. Thanks.
 

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Yea, mismatched, missing AA wings and sanded stock takes the rifle value down to $125 to $150. But the sling adds $100 to $140, the original cleaning rod $40 and the original monopod spring another $30, and voila you have a $360 value rifle. Not exactly collector grade, but you can sell the mentioned parts and the remainder can still be used as a good shooter.
 

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Put it on Gunbroker with some good photos, especially of the stock marks if not re-finished, you might get suprised! ;)
 

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I can say that the stock (and rifle in general) is not messed with. It is not sanded, just in very good condition.

I'm not interested in selling or parting it out. The rifle is as it came back from the war, and I think it would be best to keep it together.

I appreciate the insight. Thanks.
 

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What about the pictures makes it look like it was sanded? I'm interested in knowing how to tell. The finish looks very old and original to me, especially is the linseed oil finish theory is right.
 

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What about the pictures makes it look like it was sanded? I'm interested in knowing how to tell. The finish looks very old and original to me, especially is the linseed oil finish theory is right.
The color is a bit odd, but the stock markings are usually the best way to tell if your finish is original. It takes very little sanding to make these marks disappear. Are they still present? Here's my first series & you can see the distinctiver wood color it has. Here's another shot of it with it's other Nagoya buddies.
 

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Finish

The original finish would have been urushi, not linseed oil.

As for the sanding call, the finger grooves seem a little rounded; though it is hard to see in the pictures. The edges are sharp all the way around if original, not rounded over.
 

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I think the color issue is mostly because I took the pictures outside and played with the image to try to show detail. I can tell from your pictures that it is very much like the color and finish on your Nagoyas.

The grooves are about as sharp as the one in your first series picture, as far as I can tell.
 

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And the stock markings??? Come-on, we're trying to be helpful here.
 

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I know you are, but I don't have it back yet...

See, I sold this to a fellow member a couple years ago, and I'm buying it back. So all I have are the pictures I posted.
 

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I think 300 is pushing it, the most I would pay for it would be 250, a mismatch in my area will never go above 200 dollars.
 

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As for the sanding call, the finger grooves seem a little rounded; though it is hard to see in the pictures. The edges are sharp all the way around if original, not rounded over.
The finger grooves are what lead me to believe it had been sanded at one time as well.
 

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Stock finish should be a honey-orange color... a tad brown in photos but if tone messed with in photoshop it might be right. That sling is $100-$125 (or more) alone on Ebay.
 
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