Re: Springfield M1 Garand
Pull the operating rod back to lock - look at exposed part of barrel for numbers and date of manufacture. With mix & match Garands, their greatest value is as shooters (as someone else already explained) and therefore muzzle wear and throat erosion (freebore) are heavy determinants on overall value. If you have a mil-spec .30-06 (M2 Ball) chartridge, you can determine muzzle wear by placing it point down in the bore - if your see any where from 1/8" to 1/4" of bullet sticking out before the cartridge mouth - it should be a good shooter. It is not practical to determine free bore with out a specialized gauge. The Eagle & stars cartouche began use in early spring of 1953. From my personal experience selling Garands - the values expressed above are about right on - depending upon your area. Here in Eastern PA, I have seen "good shooters" in similar condition to your's, sell at $1000 +/- $75.