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I inherited two guns that deserve TLC and a new home. I also have a youth gun.

Browning .22 LR from the 1950's, no scope (my father's squirrel gun)

Ithaca 20 gauge Featherlight side by side dual trigger that dates from the late 1930's (my mothers quail gun) slight ding in the barrel that does not affect function (car wreck).

Winchester 20 gauge single shot (my youth "learning" gun)

I have not hunted since my teens. All of Dad's and Mom's other guns were sold in their estates. I know next to nothing about gun value and markets. I do know these would have value to someone - although the single shot won't be much.

I need useful advice.

Do I take them to Cabelas and take what I can get?

Should I consign them to a dealer, and if so, who?

Any other thoughts?

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11 minutes ago, rps said:

I inherited two guns that deserve TLC and a new home. I also have a youth gun.

Browning .22 LR from the 1950's, no scope (my father's squirrel gun)

Ithaca 20 gauge Featherlight side by side dual trigger that dates from the late 1930's (my mothers quail gun) slight ding in the barrel that does not affect function (car wreck).

Winchester 20 gauge single shot (my youth "learning" gun)

I have not hunted since my teens. All of Dad's and Mom's other guns were sold in their estates. I know next to nothing about gun value and markets. I do know these would have value to someone - although the single shot won't be much.

I need useful advice.

Do I take them to Cabelas and take what I can get?

Should I consign them to a dealer, and if so, who?

Any other thoughts?

I think Randy you can look up online for general pricing. I am sure there are some traders here that can help. I would trust @jdmidwest for a bit of help,

 BilletHead

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7 minutes ago, MOPanfisher said:

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They may have some value, depending on condition.  But since they are guns from your parents, I would think the sentimental value would be more.  Do you have children or someone you mentor that would enjoy them?

I would not walk into Cabelas or any big box with a gun for sale.  Maybe a local dealer would be my first choice to sell to if I needed the money for them.  Or offer them to friends.

Gunbroker is a great place to see what a gun may be worth.  Get on their website and search for others like the ones you have to see selling price.  A dealer will not give that, he will have to get that price and make money on the deal.

Browning 22 if made in Belgium or the US will be easy to sell.  Old doubles are all across the board on pricing and may be a gem, depending on condition.

I became the trustee for my Father in law yesterday of 7 firearms to keep safe for his great grandsons that are now 10 and 2.  My family tends to keep many guns and pass down to next generations.  None of his were of any great value, but well taken care of and will be cherished by family for years to come.  They all have a story that goes with them and were hunted with by him and one by his dad.  Its part of the Sporting Tradition I have been taught thru the years.  I have guns, decoys, fly rods, knives, and many other things from my Grandfathers and Uncles.  Every time I use them brings back memories of them.

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Depends on you. If you want to wring every last penny out of them, you may have to own them for a while and work on selling them. If your priority is to downsize, maybe you’ve got better things to do with your time. Sounds like you’re not too attached to these guns.

 

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If that Ithaca is the one I am thinking of then it is a real nice gun. My dad had one that his uncle gave him that was from around that time period. double barrel with fancy scrolling on the rec. and I think it was 26" as well. That was his quail gun and instead of handing it down to me when he died he sold it off for less than it was worth. :(  Send me a pic if you are wanting to get rid of that Ithaca.

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