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Some say that engraving through the blue is not the best way. Some finish should be added to prevent rusting. Maybe this gun is "in progress". Very nice gun. We need more pictures. Search for the engraver's name.

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Hard to tell much but that fore end is definitely not original, so I would imagine the whole gun has been restocked. It's value will be strongly affected by how well that restocking was done. There was a bit of an upsurgence in collecting varmintized singleshots, especially highwalls, but whether that continues to be the case, I do not know. It does have a single set trigger, so that will add a bit to the value.

More and better pictures are definitely needed, including one of the breech with the action open. Is it chambered for a rimmed cartridge and if not, what is the extractor situation?


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And the Elephant in the room....Those engraved initials are a real detractor unless you can find a buyer with the same. In many case they are tantamount to using a vidro pen to engrave a police crime tracking number on your gun as was popular 30-40 years ago.
Or find an engraver who can remove the center panel of the left side and remove the initials. A lot of expensive work that sorry the rifle just won't care the value to recover.
My suggestion is list on Gunbrroker in an auction put a $1000 start and see if you get any bids. If not you know the value is less and if you do get bids you will get what its worth. IMHO

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Very reasonable approach, with LRF's thoughts. Put your hopes down as a start and put it to auction, together or separated from the scope. It appears to be personalized, and not necessarily customized, which may put it in the market of bargain hunters looking for a project action.

A long shot might be requesting the Cody papers on it. If it was originally a rare configuration, it may appeal to someone thinking to do a recreation. Best of luck with it.

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Here are some pictures. I was able to ease the scope onto the rifles bases about halfway and then there's a lot of resistance that I didn't try to overcome.(I had backed out the mount screws that lock the scope on without improving the fit. I also tried it from the front and rear.)

The sunscreen for the scope is really long and when installed, would extend quite beyond the muzzle.

Single trigger. No caliber designation under the forearm unfortunately. (Am I the only one here who doesn't feel comfortable using cerosafe? I can do it, I just don't like it. Will need to get that out now.)

I've found a scope manual for it online. Will need to study to understand if scope adjustments work as they should.




















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You know, the guy here that might know the most about this era of wildcatting singleshots is probably buckstix. You might PM him for his opinion.

Without getting out a book I can't say for sure but that may be a Unertl "Programmer", which is a pretty high dollar model.

Your trigger is not a single trigger, but a single SET trigger, which is a plus. Push it forward (hard) and it should click. Then try the trigger pull.

The lever is custom and not a plus in my opinion.

To me, this is an action and a scope. The action has two demerits (initials and lever). The rest - not of any value to me and most of those that I know.

Your scope may be worth more than your rifle (in my case that is a certainty).

Sorry about that.


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Brent,
I couldn’t agree more with your assessment that this is really just an action and a scope that I need to sell for my wife’s aunt. I will reread everyone’s input and research both the scope model and set trigger and then get this listed on GB.

The renewed interest in mid-century modern decor hasn’t extended to firearms yet!

Thank you and thanks to everyone who has helped

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Go ahead and use the cerrosafe. Knowing what it is chambered for could be a big plus.

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CJF, I think your best bet is to research the scope a bit and then put it on ebay.

For the rifle, I would take LRF's suggestion.


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Not a Programmer, looks like 2in target should sell well.

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