View Full Version : Help Determining Fair Value of a BR Rig

07-08-2013, 09:43 AM
A close friend is getting out of short range. I'm going to buy his rig, including all his gear, from him. Some, I'm going to keep, some, I'm going to sell.

He has a Borden-built, Borden action 30 BR HV, Harrel FL die with bushing, Borden seating die, Kelbly 1" rings, 1850 BIB 112s, 4 lbs of 4198, 276 pieces of 1 to 4x fired brass, and four Neon flags and poles.

The situation is that we are close friends and I want to make every effort to fairly value everything.

The flags and poles are un-used. So, they should be valued at his cost. The bullets and powder at whatever percentage of their whole-lot cost. E.g., 8 lbs is $152 at Powder Valley. 4 lbs would be $76.

Skipping to the end of the story, how would I go about determining a fair value for the rifle? It's about a year old, 790 rounds down the tube, no special paint or anything, just clear coat over the normal molded in finish.

How would you go about it?

Thanks, Greg Jennings

07-08-2013, 11:12 AM
...the cost of the components.


Bill Gammon
07-08-2013, 03:04 PM
Don't know if this will help, but a BR dealer, and builder, told me last year the difference between a ejecter rifle and a non-ejecter rifle is about $500.00. Don't forget you buy the rifle, less barrel. In other words, you will have to rebarrel it.

07-08-2013, 04:11 PM
his cost minus 10 to 15 percent. lee

07-08-2013, 06:36 PM
Greg, I would go onto Bob White's "Shooters List" and find a comparable gun. In all honesty, used BR rifles do not have a fixed value. A $3,500-to-build rifle can go for nearly half-price when it's time to sell it. I've bought several top-of-the-line used BR rigs for $1,800 to $1,900. The dies are probably worth $70 to $80 apiece but quite often get "thrown in" with a sale. I agree the flags and poles are pretty much worth retail. A Borden action is one of the best, Borden-built is as good as it gets, but a used gun is a used gun. One thing in its favor is that 30 BRs are not very plentiful. The "Shooters List" has many rigs that cost $3,500 to $4,500 to build, listed for $2,000 to $2,500. Probably no easy way to get any kind of exact value as it's a volatile market. Good luck, sounds like you might end up with a shooter. Jim does good work.

07-08-2013, 06:48 PM
only a year old then I would go with store price of action, trigger and stock, the barrel is used so no price there, and gunsmith work is not counted.. just like you don't add the price of a recent oil change or brake fix to the price of a car...