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I've been thinking about thinning the herd. I have guns I just don't shoot and have very little need for, one of these is a S&W Mountain Gun. My late son gave it to me many years ago, and it was my OS gun when I hunted in bear and mountain lion country. Those days are now in the past. He best friend is in the market for one, and I'm considering selling it to him. Gun Broker has them around $1200 to $1500. I find that a bit unrealistic. He also has my son's Remington XP 100 in 221 Fireball, and I've always loved that gun, but I have no real need for it. I believe the two guns are about the same value and may, when I can get reloading components, shoot that more.
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With both having ties to your your late son, I'm not sure I could pick which I'd want.
Not familiar enough with the 221 fireball cartridge to have an opinion on it.
If you think the XP would get used more, I'd say "gopher it"
It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎
Weigh that against the family connection value of either, and you'll be closer to your answer.
"Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
BTW, it is a pre lock, I have the original case, paper work, lock and a couple holsters.
As others have pointed out, the 221 Fireball cartridge has some limitations. But inside it's comfort zone it's easy and cheap to load and very consistent.
If your sons friend is in the market for the S&W you can do what you want or however you want to do things.. give it away or sell it for whatever amount you want or see fit.
if you want to sell and have access to one of the gun auction sites, you and probably get most money from it that way.
or if you have any local gun shops, you can look/ask how much they will take/charge you and go from there. Either sell them outright to the shop or sell on consignment. Noting that it wont be free and since they are in the business to make money, you wont get the max amount, whatever that is. Either way, they will want to make some money.
- Don Burt
It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎
if you give it away some people dont appreciate it. So, whatever you do, just dont set your expectations too high and if your sons friends turns around to flip it, then that can be part of what happens too.
some people are in it just for the money and will do/say whatever to make the next buck. Been there, done that.
its just how things are and people are.
I took a new kid out shooting. he grew up in Montana, but no one took him shooting. Sad to say this. He's studying for 2 degrees now and so if i take his word on his studies, i already know part of his character.
our 1st outing i took out my various handguns. From 22 to 45LC from Single shot to semi auto. Our next outing will be long guns. From 22 to 30-06. When i let him shoot my 1911 war horses and some of my older handguns he was truly amazed and had to stop and consider the history he was holding in his hands. Im sure it will be the same for the long guns too... I told him what he will have a chance to shoot too and he could not wait.
Im downsizing my collection and plan to give a few toys to him. they wont be the best/most expensive...ect...but something he can use and shoot and have fun. If he continues down the road, so be it. he will have time to make (more) money and buy (more) guns if he wants. I could just as easily give him all of what i have left, but i think he will get more by reserach/learning and figuring out what he wants out of this hobby/sport.
- Don Burt
I've decided against the XP 100. Though I admired it then since I was a kid, I don't shoot LR or competition. Alex is a good man and I taught him to hunt Black tail deer in N Cal. He knows why I have this gun, and it's history, he won't flip it. I'm going to sell it at a great deal with my holsters and hand loads. It's not about the money, he'll appreciate it for what it was and is. It's a very practical gun for where we once hunted together.
Thank you again for helping me think my way through a hard decision.
Sounds like a good home for it.