Browning FN Olympian in 308 Norma Magnum

Discussion in 'Discontinued Browning Models' started by JL Miller, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. JL Miller

    JL Miller Copper BB

    I've just found a 1967 Browning FN Olympian model in 308 Norma Mag. It appears to be at least 90%-95% (a few minor dings on the cheekpiece). Seller claims that it wasn't a salt gun; a cursory inspection doesn't show any dark spots nor do I see evidence of rust, but then again I haven't taken it down for a closer look yet (nor done the silver nitrate test). Given that its a '67, I am still worried about the possibility of it being stocked with salt wood. Also, the 308 Norma Mag -- despite its technical advantages -- is a damned rare caliber these days (I haven't started reloading yet) , and I plan on taking this rifle one at least several hunts despite its high value for a working class guy.

    With that said, it is otherwise immaculate! I can't remember feeling this emotional about a gun in years (never good when buying). I feel the asking price, which is just north of $10,000, is probably about right but I'm having MAJOR pre-buyer's jitters about dropping that sort of coin on the most expensive rifle I will probably ever own. There are very few of these around to make a price comparison, and I don't have access to any of the subscription services to verify if it's actually good price.

    What I'm asking if there's anyone out there that could tell me if the caliber makes this more or less valuable, and also if any collectors or dealers would be kind enough to comment on what this rifle might be worth from my admittedly limited description before I commit.

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