Originally Posted by jedwil
About 25 years ago, a friend took an overseas job and asked me to store a couple of firearms he had inherited from his grandfather. One is a Winchester M70, 30'06, with a SN 54xxx; the other is a Remington pump .22 of the same vintage. The original owner was a hunter and these are well worn guns. My friend has never really been back to the states for any length that I know of and I still have them in my safe. He did call a number of years ago to check in and said I could just keep them. I have lost total contact with the guy. Last I heard he was living in a sailboat off Isla Mujares, Mexico. That was some years ago and I have moved a few times since.
I have no attachment to either and could use the safe space. I could also use the trade value or cash for an EMP I've been lusting for.
I guess the point of the thread is if I should feel obliged to hold these guns a while longer to see if the guy comes back. Opinions appreciated and any input on the value of a worn M70 would also be appreciated. Thanks.....
If he said you could keep them--that's good enough for me. It's always dicey as to how much these are worth--they're only worth what someone is willing to give you. Obviously, the condition is a big factor. A .30-06 in a pre-64 M70 can have some worth if they're in decent shape and the same goes for the .22. You would get more by selling them on your own or by consignment through a dealer rather than to a pawn shop or LGS.
If this fella is your brother you might want to keep these for him--if not it's up to you.