Colt Coltsman

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  1. Chuck1988

    Chuck1988 Member

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    Hello I need some help with identifying and learning more about my Colt coltsman .243. I'm not sure how to tell which model it is. Standard, custom or custom deluxe. Also can't find anything with serial number look up. Any info would be appreciated.

     

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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Post some clear photos. It's easy. Just click on the "Upload a File" button at the bottom of the reply box and transfer your photo from your computer.
     
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    Okay thank you
     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    You have the deluxe version. IIRC, Colt called them the Custom Deluxe or something similar. Unlike the standard version, which were built by Colt using the Sako action, the deluxe models were made completely by Sako in Finland for Colt. I think the L579 actioned Coltsman was made from 1963 thru 1965, but a request to the club's Factory Records Service would confirm it's production & shipping dates.
     
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    Thank you very much. I appreciate anything I can learn about it
     
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    I am not interested in selling this rifle ever since it's a family heirloom, but I am curious what the ballpark worth is. Thank you
     
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    Either side of $800
     
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    Thank you all for the information.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Condition is all-important to a rifle's value, particularly a scarce and high grade one like the Coltsman Deluxe. It is hard to tell the condition of your rifle from the limited photos, but it would be rare for a Deluxe Coltsman in 90% or better condition to sell for less than $1,000; typically more. Leupold scopes are also quite liquid.
     
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    Rocky Well-Known Member

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    From the photo's it looks like the rifle is well used.

    Numerous nicks in the stock, the finish is cracking, and the bluing is heavily worn. And really can't see the pad that good but I would imagine that it's shot. The leupold scope looks like the old VX1 and the rings are
    not the old desirable Sako type.

    I wouldn't give $800 for it, but someone else might. And if not then it would be under the 8 mark.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    That could be the case, but would have to examine it in person to make a firm judgment. However, if it is as well-used as Rocky believes then its value as a Deluxe or "collectible" declines to much closer to that of a "shooter". The difference in a common "shooter grade" standard and a "shooter grade" rifle which might otherwise be a "collectible" if in better condition is very little.

    However, its value as an heirloom far outweighs any market value; and its condition represents the reason it is an heirloom. The bruises and bumps on a rifle which has been in the family for more than a half-century and used by multiple generations are scars of honor and fond reminders of bygone days and perhaps of those who have passed on. There is no way to put a dollar value on that.
     
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    You are exactly right with that. The memories and stories with that gun couldn't be touched with any dollar amount in the world. Thank you all so much for the info.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    You're welcome to share some of those hunting stories if you like.
     

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