Was over at a buddies today and his neighbor stopped by to chat for a little bit. We of course chatted about guns and he mentioned he was looking to "sell an old rifle". Once I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I am a fan of lever action rifles (grew up watching Chuck on The Rifleman) with the octagon barrel, plus quality of this aged beauty suckered me in. However, I was shocked at the price he gave as it was quite a bit lower than I expected. I did not do any research before hand, but felt pretty comfortable hitting the bank and returning to claim my prize.
Once home I spent some time admiring the rifle and feeling pretty proud at my purchase. Then I got to searching the net to see if I could estimate it's fair value and it really does seem all over the map. Any help would be appreciated! I don't want to sell it, just want to know more about what I got.
Looking at the serial #, I'm confident it was made in 1911. Barrel length is 26" and caliber is .30WCF. If what I have read online is correct, that is .30-30?
The barrel looks immaculate inside with nice rifling. All parts/screws look original and the finish is a natural aged look. Thoughts?