Market Trends: Hunters Want Unique Rifles

Market Trends: Hunters Want Unique Rifles

shutterstock_86655829Curt KramerKramer Auction Service, LLC, Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Hunters are among the best customers for Kramer Auctions, and they are always looking for non-standard caliber rifles like .280 Rem or 7mm-08.

“Hunters want something that’s a bit different or even odd. It’s always fun to buy something that’s kind of unique,” the auction services owner Curt Kramer said.

A recent example: a Weatherby Mark V Varmintmaster, chambered in .224 WBY Mag and made in Germany, sold for $2,300 at his spring auction.

There’s a growing market here, too, in “modern” collectibles, like the Colt Bicentennial (1976) three-handgun set Kramer recently sold. The set included a reproduction black powder Colt Dragoon in .44 caliber, a reproduction Colt Single Action in .45 Long Colt and a new .357 Magnum Colt Python, all in a walnut display case. Blue Book value was $3,000 to $3,500—at auction, it brought $5,600.

Recommended Resources for Gun Collectors:

Standard-Catalog-20142014 Standard Catalog of Firearms, 24th Edition

Standard Catalog of Military Firearms 7th Edition

Gun Digest 2014, 68th Edition

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