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Old 10-05-2019, 04:34 PM
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Went to an auction today of a lifetime collection of a local hunting/fishing guy. About 30 guns for sale, one of them a Browning SA-22 grade I 22lr, Belgium made. It was nice and supposedly NIB (although there was a small drag mark on the bolt and one deep scratch on the stock). Anyway, the first few guns went for reasonable amounts but the the auction got revved up and by the time they got to the SA-22 it went for $875! Nothing special I could see except the Belgium manufacture.

Browning’s suggested retail for a new one is $699 and I’m sure you can get them for less. My used 22lr was only $250 in 2012 from a pawn shop, and even the 22short I purchased was only $540 from CDNN last year.

Some people just go nuts at auctions....
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:07 PM
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The Belgians are nice(though I don't think much of 73 and 74 guns) I've owned many,and still have my first one since new in 68.
That price was reasonable for one without the scratch.I consider a truly NIB pre 71 example to be a $1000 gun (all will have the drag mark if they've been assembled)However, I wouldn't want one with a deep scratch.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:05 PM
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I agree with Camster.

The Belgium rifles are special and the early ones are real gems.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:47 PM
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Went to an auction today of a lifetime collection of a local hunting/fishing guy. About 30 guns for sale, one of them a Browning SA-22 grade I 22lr, Belgium made. It was nice and supposedly NIB (although there was a small drag mark on the bolt and one deep scratch on the stock). Anyway, the first few guns went for reasonable amounts but the the auction got revved up and by the time they got to the SA-22 it went for $875! Nothing special I could see except the Belgium manufacture.

Browning’s suggested retail for a new one is $699 and I’m sure you can get them for less. My used 22lr was only $250 in 2012 from a pawn shop, and even the 22short I purchased was only $540 from CDNN last year.

Some people just go nuts at auctions....
It only takes 2 determined bidders and things can get out of hand.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:42 AM
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Should of brought more money!!! I payed more for a piece of property at a auction because the property butted up against my other property and I didn’t want nabors
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:22 AM
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The current Browning version is made by Miroku in Japan. Their guns are beautiful, have excellent fit and finish, and shoot very well indeed. I have several of their lever guns and each is an excellent gun even better than Winchester versions from the day. Unless the buyer is a collector then I see no reason for a shooter to buy the Belgium version at it inflated pricing. But that's just me.

Also I don't like auctions. If there is any interest in an item at all, the price gets bid way out of range of what is fair. I once bid on a Dan Wesson barrel on-line. I waited till the last minute to place my bid, hesitated while I found the right key to press to enter my bid, and it was gone. Discouraged because I NEEDED that barrel to fix my gun I still searched the internet trying to find another one. I found a new one for less money than the winning bid in the action and the barrel was new not used.

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Old 10-07-2019, 11:59 AM
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Quote: Unless the buyer is a collector then I see no reason for a shooter to buy the Belgium version at it inflated pricing. But that's just me.

Well, that's who is buying them, and guys that lusted over them but didn't have the coin when younger, and guys who just like French walnut, a better quality of polish and blue, and serial numbers not on the side of the receiver.
Not knocking Japanese guns at all. I've only owned one-a grade II short from about 17 years ago, but it's quality was just as good as any Belgian gun. The only difference was that it has rolled engraving rather than hand engraving. Hand engraving has qualities that can't be found in rolled engraving but frankly, I'd rather have perfect rolled engraving over poorly executed had engraving.

When younger, I did pay up for prime Belgian guns, but I wouldn't want a gun with the deep scratch that the OP mentioned at all. I'm a perfectionist...finding perfection in guns fifty years old and older is now too much of a challenge, so if I were buying, I'd take a brand new Japanese gun without hesitation.
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:11 PM
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Doesn't necessarily take an auction to overspend. My 1965 Belgian set me back $875 at the LGS. By the time the government got through with me it was more. But hey, it was in great condition and I wanted it. Got to be careful how I hold it though with the bottom eject. Hot brass on the forearm will get your attention.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:09 PM
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I only paid $79.00 for my Belgian SA-22 NIB..........In 1967.........Still have it. Blond wood.
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:35 PM
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You guys are going to hate me but I bought a nib Belgian grade 2 sa 22 for under $500 at an estate sale. My luckiest day ever!
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Old 10-24-2019, 06:36 PM
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I only paid $79.00 for my Belgian SA-22 NIB..........In 1967.........Still have it. Blond wood.
According to my inflation calculator it comes to $596.14 in 2019. Sounds like you're still ahead of the game.
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Old 10-25-2019, 03:45 PM
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I only paid $79.00 for my Belgian SA-22 NIB..........In 1967.........Still have it. Blond wood.
In 1967, for me, that $79 represented 82% of my gross monthly pay! LOL
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Old 10-26-2019, 11:29 PM
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$69.95 in 1956 and still have it.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:19 PM
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I bought my '59 Belgium ATD in a hardware store in Missouri in 1960 for $72.00 iirc. I still have it. It is the pride and joy of all the firearms I own, which isn't that many, but all the same, my favorite. I learned to shoot a Rem Mdl 24 which was a family rifle when I was 10 years old. I just didn't miss with that little rifle. Those were the days.....

The Mdl 24 has more graceful lines than the Belgium. Both will shoot up a storm.

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