The Firearms Forum banner

1 - 20 of 26 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hey guys and gals. Among my small collection is a pair of NEF singles, namely a 270 win. and a 20 ga. youth that I bought for my daughter to use. Both guns were bought new in 2001 and both sport beautiful limited edition wood stocks (the rifle is laminated with red, green, and natural layers and the shotgun is oak). My question centers around the limited edition bronze medalions in the stock. What is the story behind these medalions and is this a rare collectable? Thanks for your time.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
38,451 Posts
I have a couple of NEF rifles and do not know of any medallion on them. There is nothing collectable or rare about a New England Firearm rifle or shotgun. A picture of this medallion sure would be nice!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
435 Posts
NEF and rare/collectible usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence. 2001 would've been about 10 years into that company name. They had bought the old Harrington & Richardson company and continued making the same products under the new name.

Can't find any info on the medallions or laminate stocks but it was probably just a marketing ploy to upgrade a basic utilitarian gun.

Values are kind of hard to pin down in these crazy times. Some oldish (4-5 years) auctions I found had completed sales on the shotguns with laminated stocks in the $130-$150 range. Currently on "The Auctions Site That Shall Not Be Named" there's a 20ga slugster medallion edition with riffled barrel and scope that's been bid up to $600. But then again right now pretty much anything that will go "bang" in a used gun has been selling for much higher than normal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Hey John, y'all need to quit dissin' my gun man. I'm gonna get a complex! Seriously though, yeah I know. But it really isn't fair. My NEF 270 is very well made and finished, has a good trigger, smooth break, heavy barrel, is more accurate than me and has killed some good deer including a 140" 11 point (almost 300 pound) whitetail and countless ferrel hogs. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I suspected that the medallion might not mean anything but I just wondered if anyone knew about them. Thanks for the info.
IMG_20200801_142649932_HDR.jpg

NEF and rare/collectible usually aren't mentioned in the same sentence. 2001 would've been about 10 years into that company name. They had bought the old Harrington & Richardson company and continued making the same products under the new name.

Can't find any info on the medallions or laminate stocks but it was probably just a marketing ploy to upgrade a basic utilitarian gun.

Values are kind of hard to pin down in these crazy times. Some oldish (4-5 years) auctions I found had completed sales on the shotguns with laminated stocks in the $130-$150 range. Currently on "The Auctions Site That Shall Not Be Named" there's a 20ga slugster medallion edition with riffled barrel and scope that's been bid up to $600. But then again right now pretty much anything that will go "bang" in a used gun has been selling for much higher than normal.[/QUO
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,175 Posts
Maybe I need to do some cullin'...if stuff is going that high.
 
  • Like
Reactions: shootbrownelk

·
Registered
Joined
·
435 Posts
My first "bought it new" gun was a basic NEF single shot 12ga I got at K-Mart for about $65 back in 1992. Now as a somewhat serious Iver Johnson collector, I can't go dissin' other manufacturers much :)

Even if NEF never really hits "collector" status the laminate stocks on your two pieces will always hold more value than the basic birch or synthetic versions.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
802 Posts
I have four H&R/NEF single shots; 22 rimfire, 30-30, 45-70 and a 25-06 altered to accept a rimmed case. All have good triggers and, after a little tweaking, will do better than a minute and a half out to any reasonable range. Not collectible or particularly valuable, but, IMHO, a lot of value for the money.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,159 Posts
Hey John, y'all need to quit dissin' my gun man. I'm gonna get a complex! Seriously though, yeah I know. But it really isn't fair. My NEF 270 is very well made and finished, has a good trigger, smooth break, heavy barrel, is more accurate than me and has killed some good deer including a 140" 11 point (almost 300 pound) whitetail and countless ferrel hogs. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I suspected that the medallion might not mean anything but I just wondered if anyone knew about them. Thanks for the info. View attachment 228154
I have the same model as you exept that mine is in 25-06. (heavy barrel ? )
It will hold less than one inch all day long. I don't know how much they are worth because I got mine as a Christmas bonus with a retail tag on it for $375 and this was back in 2010.
I have a Tasco 16X scope on it right now and very few crows in my area.:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
267 Posts
Looks like some kind of deluxe version....possibly an anniversary model.
The serial # is the key to the age.
"NEF" guns start with "N", but then the letter(s) after that will tell you when it was made. That could help narrow down your search parameter and pinpoint what those fancy stocks and gold medallions really mean.
 
  • Like
Reactions: shootbrownelk

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
802 Posts
Just for grins, checked current asking prices for H&R / NEF single shot rifles this AM (nothing to do until the coffee is ready). They are running from about $250 to a bit north of $400. Asking price on one with a medallion in the stock and a cheap scope was $399. Asking prices on rifle barrels generally run between $200 and $300. Shotguns, not so much. With plain hardwood stocks, run from less than $150 to about $250. Didn't seem to be too many takers. Coffee's ready; end of search. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
267 Posts
The rifles always did garner a bit more $$$ than the shotguns....now, try to convince the general public that your Handi-Rifle is worth $400.
They'll see "H&R" and instantly call it a "Hunnert-Dolla-Gun".
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
802 Posts
DC and moody make a valid point. If I remember right, I have just over $500 in all four of mine; $550 if you add the 10 gauge shotgun with two choke tubes. During my highly sophisticated search :D(looked at several sites), didn't see many marked sold or with bids on them.
Collectable or particularly valuable? Nope. Good value for the money? I think so.
Edit: Gotta run. Coffee's ready.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
267 Posts
DC and moody make a valid point. If I remember right, I have just over $500 in all four of mine; $550 if you add the 10 gauge shotgun with two choke tubes. During my highly sophisticated search :D(looked at several sites), didn't see many marked sold or with bids on them.
Collectable or particularly valuable? Nope. Good value for the money? I think so.
Edit: Gotta run. Coffee's ready.
Seriously (but only for a moment), I think the days of anyone making mint off of a break action single has passed.
I remember there was a short time, maybe 10-12 years ago, when some very nice Winchester Model 37's were going for like $400-$500, but these were absolutely sano pigtailed red letter guns....just the proper amount of patina, lightly used, still had all the paint in the letters. A perfect example, in other words.
I think the only guys who're gonna make any money selling a break action single these days, probably bought all their guns 30 years ago, got them in trade (like I did :thumbsup: ), or inherited them (which I might, as well :D )....otherwise, the only reason I can see for buying one is to use it...and they are as fine a shooter as any other gun.
...that being said, I would like to see someone produce a nice high end single, that isn't a competition gun, with all the classic American ear marks.
 
  • Like
Reactions: pdkfishing
1 - 20 of 26 Posts
Top