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I inherited a Springfield rifle. I know nothing about guns

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I inherited a Springfield rifle. I know nothing about guns and noted its a a springfield from some etching on the gun. I have the serial number- will that help me determine 1- its make and 2 - its value ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Good morning. Is there any model information on the gun? Can you tell me exactly what it says on the gun? - Jim

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
jim, where do I find that out ? Also I don't have the gun in front of me now
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

There should be information stamped on either the receiver or barrel (basically somewhere on the metal parts of the gun). It should be fairly easy to spot. You'll need to have the gun in front of you.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

You can always reply back to me when you have the gun.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Jim,
I can't get to the gun today can we contact each other tomorrow ?
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Sure thing! Just reply back to this thread when you have the info

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

The website will notify me when you reply.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, please tell me what info to write down from the gun ?
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Anything that you see written on the gun....words, dates, etc

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, this is the info I got off of the gun.
30-06 Sprg.
serial 131-31097
6x-18x Fullfield
Burris scope
I know a scope is separate to a gun. so there's two different values . How do I determine the value ? Do I have enough info?. Also the gun "looks" nice to the naked eye- seems to be in good condition.
does a gun like this have to be registered ?
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Ok, can you take a photo of the gun?

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

.30-06 Springfield is the official name for the ammunition, so the rifle could have been made by Springfield, or even another company. If you have a photo, it would be helpful in determining what gun you actually have.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok I'll have to get that to you another time. I dont have it in front of me. Does the serial number help ? Not to sound too ignorant but why etch the type of ammo on a gun ?
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

The serial number may be helpful down the road, but at this point I need more info.

The caliber of ammunition is etched onto the gun, so that the gun owner/user knows what caliber of ammo to use in the gun. Using the wrong caliber ammo can be dangerous or damage the gun.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Imagine if you had something that said "add oil"...would you use lubricating oil? Motor oil? Vegetable oil? If you used the wrong oil, that could be bad!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok I'll take as many photos as I can and send them to you.
thanks.Its really weird that I can't identify the make/model of the gun when I physically have it, with any markings/etchings on the gun.
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Sometimes its not easy. There's probably some small area of info that you are missing when you look the gun over. Info is usually on the metal work somewhere, either the receiver or the barrel. Its very small and sometimes hard to see, but you should be able to see it with the naked eye.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Used scope prices will vary, but as a rough number that particular scope is worth about $300.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok thank you. I'll be very careful when I look at the gun and take the photos.
Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Great! I'll be around here somewhere when you reply.

Expert:  ProShooter replied 1 year ago.

Do you still need help with this?