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Old May 29th, 2007, 10:37 PM
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I just bought a a real old 22.cal bolt action rifle and it's been doubled stamp.

It was stamped from two states.... Conn., and Mo.

It's been stamped over one another, but both can be clearly seen.

Questions - Do you know why a Rifle Company would do something like this? What vaule if any would this rifle be worth? Thanks in advance.

The rifle is in great condition and it works just fine.

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Old June 1st, 2007, 06:03 PM
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Now way to know what its worth without knowing the manufacturer. Theres not many .22's of common production worth a bunch of money. Winchester gallery guns can get up there but they are pumps.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 08:24 PM
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Not even the ghost of a clue.

Post pics?

What are the markings?


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Old June 1st, 2007, 11:33 PM
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I'll post pic's first thing tomorrow.

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Old June 4th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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Ok, here is what I have on the rifle, but no pic's. My internet is running really slow.

Here is the info below:

Mossberg & Sons
New Haven Conn US
#260 22S-L-LR
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Here is what was over from the above info:
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Bearcat 05 22S-L-LR
Century Arms Co.
St. Louis Mo.

This is all the info I have on this other then that both stamps are over one another.
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Old June 4th, 2007, 10:54 PM
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Weird, Bluebook does not list a #260 Mossberg. First I thought it was sent out then imported back but the Century Arms Co is not the same as Century Arms Inc that we are all familar with. I also cant find anything on Century Arms Co of MO
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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are you certain you don't have a mossberg model 26"C"?

they made a 26B and a 26C.

i'm guessing the "C" is what you're taking for an "O" light strike.

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look for british nitro proofs (BNP) on the barrel. like lonegunman, i think this is an import by century arms in the year 2005.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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Specs
model 26B, 26C
action type bolt
adj. trigger no
stock W-Beavertail
barrel 26" tapered
Overall
lengh 41.75"
weight 5.5lbs
feed type single shot
cartridge S-L-LR
capacity 1
clip type n/a
Sights
front No.1 ramp
hood S215
rear 26B early No.4 late S104 26C none
reciever n/a
apeture 26B No.4D 26C none
scope mount side
Swivels
front 26B S111 26C none
rear 26B S111 26C none
Production
began 26B early 1938 late 1939 26C 1938
ended 26B early 1939 lat 1941 26C ? 1941
years 26B early 2 late 26C unknown
cost 6.15
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:39 PM
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Thanks folks.

I'll have to check to see if the number is 26C or 260.

Question is if it's a 26C is.... Why was it stamped twice and why over each other?

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Old June 6th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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mossberg/conn. is the manufacturer's info placed on the rifle when it was manufactured.

serial numbers were not required by law on .22 rifles untill 1968.

the century/mo. stamp is the importer's stamp.

odds are that your rifle spent a portion of its' life in another country. my guess would be it was sold to someone in england. use good light and a magnifying glass to check for british proof firing stamps.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 12:55 AM
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Ok thanks campbob.

So, placing the stamps over one another, was it trying to cover up one another or was it a mistake on where they were to place the stamps?

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Old June 7th, 2007, 12:56 AM
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Good catch on the "0" being a "c" if thats it, didnt even think of that.

Blue Book lists the 26c as: similar to model B with less expensive sights.

A 26B is listed as: .22 s,l,lr. entirly new design in single shot rifles,easily identified by bolt handle at extreme rear of bolt. 26" tapered barrel, hooded ramp front sight, no 4 rear peep, Mfg from 1938-1941

book value is 100% $150, down to $35 for 60%
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Old June 7th, 2007, 12:59 AM
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Iron, no mistatake, the Mossberg stamp was the manufacturers stamp you see on all firearms, the other stamp is most likely an importation stamp. When a firearm is imported to the US whatever company doing the importing has to stamp it with their info, even though the firearm was originaly made here.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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placing the importer's information directly on top of the original manufacturer's information is something seen every now and again.

it is NOT the correct method of locating the importer's information.

the importer's information is most often placed beside/above/below/near the o.e.m. information or stamped in another location entirely...such as the bbl. (there is no restriction to place it on the receiver).

the british nitro proofs (if there are any on your rifle) may be found on the bbl. near the chamber, on the bbl. halway to the muzzle, on the receiver, on the bolt handle or any combination of those locations.

you describe your example to be in "great condition". if it has the original finish and not d&t it would be worth about $125-200 in my area. the old mossbergs are usually quite accurate and ruggedly built. note, some folks will deduct value (maybe $25?) if british proofs are found on the rifle.

spare parts may be obtained from havlin's and numrich/e-gunparts.
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Old June 7th, 2007, 09:57 PM
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Wow, y'all really know your stuff. Now I know more then I ever did.

I picked up the rifle for $90. So, I made out.

Thanks for y'alls help and it sounds like I made a great buy.

Thanks so much folks.

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