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Well I have been talking about it for 10 years now and it is done.
I had one of these as a kid in fact it was the first lever action I had.
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It is a Mossberg 400. The 400 was the first of the Palominos but was not called that intill the 400A was made. this gun was made 1959 thru mid 1960s when the 400A started then the 402 was made from 1961 thru 1967.
Mine is one of the first because it has the brass bolt.
Then they made them out of steel at the middle of there production.
The 400 has the drilled and tapped rear sight and the 24" barrel (Only the 400s had that length barrel) the 402 had a 18.5" and 20" barrels and a dove tail rear sight.
The 400 was considered the 1st run and the 402 was the 2nd run.
The 400 is the most rare then the 402 with the 18.5" barrel then the 400A and then the 402 with the 20" barrel (there was allot of them made.
There are a few differences in the internals too which is why it took so long to get the parts (ALLOT OF LOOKING ON THE INTERNET).
Stock and forearm was hand cut from walnut and hand checkered. The barrel was pressed in so it could not be blued so it is cera coated along with the aluminum receiver.
Then engraved and gold inlayed.
It shoots GREAT and accurate as heck.
Wish I could take better picture but the hands shake to much.
 

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Had them all, sweet shooters rarely seen anymore. Thank you IBTRUKIN for mine.
There were 1000s of the 402 made but from what I could find out there were under or around 1000 of the 400 made.
Not sure which one I had when I was 9 or 10 years old.
But at 65 I have the 400 now.
 

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Sweet looking rifle. You did your usual great work. Thanks for posting.

Your patience paid off very well.
 

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Well I have been talking about it for 10 years now and it is done.
I had one of these as a kid in fact it was the first lever action I had. View attachment 242747 View attachment 242748 View attachment 242749 View attachment 242750 View attachment 242751 View attachment 242752 View attachment 242753 View attachment 242754
It is a Mossberg 400. The 400 was the first of the Palominos but was not called that intill the 400A was made. this gun was made 1959 thru mid 1960s when the 400A started then the 402 was made from 1961 thru 1967.
Mine is one of the first because it has the brass bolt.
Then they made them out of steel at the middle of there production.
The 400 has the drilled and tapped rear sight and the 24" barrel (Only the 400s had that length barrel) the 402 had a 18.5" and 20" barrels and a dove tail rear sight.
The 400 was considered the 1st run and the 402 was the 2nd run.
The 400 is the most rare then the 402 with the 18.5" barrel then the 400A and then the 402 with the 20" barrel (there was allot of them made.
There are a few differences in the internals too which is why it took so long to get the parts (ALLOT OF LOOKING ON THE INTERNET).
Stock and forearm was hand cut from walnut and hand checkered. The barrel was pressed in so it could not be blued so it is cera coated along with the aluminum receiver.
Then engraved and gold inlayed.
It shoots GREAT and accurate as heck.
Wish I could take better picture but the hands shake to much.
WOW! Outstanding work!
 

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A friend came by yesterday (He loved it) and saw it and had a good question.
What is it worth? It is not original so the books are out for a value. They say around $250-$300 but that is for original.
Does the hand work add value or take away value?.
A collector would not want it but a person who wants it would pay but how much?.
I told him it is NOT for sale and if it was I would get what a person wanted to pay for it. Or what I wanted to get for it.
He did not like that answer.
I am not asking for a value on it just what you think of my answer.
 

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Great work. Good answer, when my father was living he would always say: “something is only worth what somebody’s willing to pay for it when you’re wanting to sell it.” Thanks for the background on the model.
 

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Don`t know about the brass bolt on early 400`s but the front and rear sight`s are a giveaway to first or second run`s with 24" barrels.
Aluminum frame, yes. Also they tend to split wood at the wrist so be easy on her.
 

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That's a good answer.

If it's not for sale, you can set a value as high as you want, way out of reach of any sane buyer. As said, if you want to sell it, it's worth what someone is willing to pay.
 
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