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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-21-2010, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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I have an oppertunity to purchase a Civil war rifle from (brother-in-law). It's a 1st type James Merrill carbine 54 cal. He's asking $1500.00 for it. Book says $3750.00 in vg, $2750.00 gd, $1500.00 in fair cond. I looked at it today and its all there, three folding sights, swivel ring and belt ring, everything functions perfect, all screws are there and in good shape. One small crack, they only made 15K of these. It's just a lot of money but for a 159 year old rifle that most likely saw action in the war! I need to let him know pretty soon. Anybody out there have any suggestions.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-21-2010, 05:50 PM
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I don't know anything about these rifles, but if its something that interests you then you may want to get it. You probably wont ever have a second chance at something like this.
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Lot of money for a rifle. I would have it looked at by somebody who could authenticate for sure what it is, unless of course he has documentation to prove it already. Other than that i would be unsure, there are many folks who state it is one thing and find out later it is not and lose a lot of money.Good luck and I hope for your sake it is real would be a great piece to own!
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there are many folks who state it is one thing and find out later it is not and lose a lot of money.
If you have ever seen that show "Pawn Stars", it happens quite often.
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If you have ever seen that show "Pawn Stars", it happens quite often.
I have and that is a lot of why I mentioned it...
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I don't know if you could put a price on something like that. I think it is more of a sedimental value.

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well brother-in-law made an offer tonight, Christmas mood I guess, so he wants my latest win 30-30 classic and some $ for the carbine. I said ok and Monday we'll make the trade. This is the biggest gamble for me on firearms so out on the limb I go. I don't know a thing about Civil War carbines. I think i can turn a decent profit if I decide to sell it?? The jury may be out for a long time on this one.
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Best of luck HM hope it works out.Is there somewhere you can have it appraised & checked out?
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Thanks spiker, I'll be doing some serious research to know what to do with it. Right now its just a really cool carbine and a piece of American history. On you tube under James Merrill carbine you can watch two guys shoot one of these. Recoil would bring tears to the eyes, nearly twice that of a 30-06 in ft/lbs and they had to fight a war with them. The 30-30 classic I just got about a month ago but sacrifices must be made.
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We Know you want it bad HM..
There not making anymore of them and if it looks good we want to see a pic of you holding it
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