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I'm hoping I've found a place that might be able to help me.

I have a Winchester Model 74 .22 LR, Serial 243XXXX, manufactured in 1949. It is in reasonably good condition. (I'll attach pics.)

My grandfather used it to shoot starlings away from his martin houses (birds, for anyone not familiar). I inherited it when he passed, but it isn't really a family heirloom or anything - he had bought it used in the '80's.

It has been sitting unused for a while, and there's no reason for someone not to get to enjoy what I think is a fairly cool .22 - I just have no idea how to properly value or sell it. One local gun shop wasn't interested, but I've also found internet auction sites listing them for as much as $899 (I am pretty confident that's a bit insane).

I'm hoping some folks here that might be more familiar with rifle values and how to sell them could point me to the right ways to make sure I don't get taken or expect too much for it. As I mentioned earlier, I'll add pics I took, and I can take more if needed for anyone.

Also, if I should take my question to another forum or section of this forum, I apologize and am happy to do so.

Thanks for everyone's help, in advance.

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Model 74 I'm 99% sure; Automatic with the big rounded rear receiver, right? Excellent 22 if well cared for. That $'s is way high, IMO but not sure of value. I held one at a gun shop back in May. The one thing I think of most about these is it was Alvin Yorks favorite 22. He shot doves on the wing with it. I have a pic of him teaching his boy to shoot with it, the boy laying prone and Sgt York standing over him with his coat spread to keep sunlight off the sights.

Yes that's it, I see the pic now.
 

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That's a pretty cool tidbit about Sgt. York.

I definitely hit my share of starlings with it as a kid, though my grandfather eventually switched to a Luger 22 pistol for the job, for simplicity's sake.

I think the difficulty with the possibility of it being high $'s means I need to cast a wide net, and I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of selling rifles on the net - legit site recommendations?
 

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Old copy of Gun Traders Guide. #26 (2003) has Model 74 self loading rifle. Takedown. Calibers: 22 short only, 22 LR only. Tube magizine in buttstock. Holds 20short or 14 LR. Made 1939-1955.

NIB =$275 EX =$225 GD = $150

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That's a pretty cool tidbit about Sgt. York.

I definitely hit my share of starlings with it as a kid, though my grandfather eventually switched to a Luger 22 pistol for the job, for simplicity's sake.

I think the difficulty with the possibility of it being high $'s means I need to cast a wide net, and I'm not familiar with the ins and outs of selling rifles on the net - legit site recommendations?

I've had excellent success selling on GunsAmerica's site. They are mostly a "listed" site, but do allow time limited auctions as well. Me, I'm not a fan of either buying or selling with internet auctions, but that's simply my personal preference.

I've likely sold over two dozen rifles on GunsAmerica and when a gun is fairly priced and correctly presented with good pictures and an honest opinion of condition, it typically sells in a timely manner. If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me and I'll answer any that I can.

Good Luck!
 

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The Shorts only M74 is worth a little more in the South. That is the favorite bull frog rifle.
 

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Thank you all for the responses. They were definitely helpful.

I took it to Gander Mtn to see what they would offer, and they told me there was a little play in the barrel, so they wouldn't even tell me a value.

Is that something expensive to get fixed (as in cost to fix would be too much to do for the purpose of making the gun sellable), or would there be too many unknown variables without handling the rifle to be able to estimate a cost range?

Edit - I am doing a search in the gunsmithing section too - so, please don't flame me for asking here in thread.
 

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The barrel is simply plugged into the receiver with a cross pin. I'd smear a little loctite on it and put it back together.
It makes me wonder if somebody messed with it at some time or other.
 

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I took it to Gander Mtn to see what they would offer, and they told me there was a little play in the barrel, so they wouldn't even tell me a value.
That does not change the value (whatever that might be). It just means the guy at Gander Mountain has no interest in it.

You need to find two (or more) bullfrog hunters from down south. Get them bidding against each other.

Do your homework. Perhaps you can trace the serial number to a PBH (profesional bullfrog hunter). Documentation can enhance the value to collectors.

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Do your homework. Perhaps you can trace the serial number to a PBH (profesional bullfrog hunter). Documentation can enhance the value to collectors.
Is that actually possible? It would be pretty cool.

I thought civilians couldn't really chase down gun serial numbers.
 

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You can write the Winchester historian at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody, WY for a factory letter, but it won't enhance the value of that rifle as much as the letter cost.

The M74 is very tightly fitted and a great shooter but prone to get really dirty in a hurry. Shoot it dry to make it last longer between cleanings. DONT take apart the feeding mechanism but do take out the bolt and wash with solvent, blow dry and reassemble.
 
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