Outdoor Skills – Hunting Q&A

My grandfather is trying to sell his Remington 700 BDL in 7mm Remington Magnum for a reasonable price. The rifle was purchased in 1965, is in excellent condition, and shoots tight groups. All the gun stores that have appraised it say it's not worth more than about $350. Are we not being told the truth, or is a rifle like this really that cheap? --C.K.

You’re being told the truth. The worth of any rifle lies not only in its condition but also in its rarity. Your grandfather’s rifle, while a very good one, is also very common. Hundreds of thousands of Remington 700s in 7mm Remington Magnum have been made. You can buy a brand-new one for under $400, though admittedly it won’t be the BDL grade. Even the BDLs have been upgraded since your grandfather’s was made. Today’s all have cut checkering, instead of the impressed checkering used in 1965.