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    New Seely Masker

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    Hi guys, new member picked up this Seely Masker rifle, itís on a Remington 40x action. Want to start shooting paper. Any info on this gun any idea on value? It belonged to local bench rest champ. Bought from his grandson hop it a shooter !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
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    Hi guys, new member picked up this Seely Masker rifle, itís on a Remington 40x action. Want to start shooting paper. Any info on this gun any idea on value? It belonged to local bench rest champ. Bought from his grandson hop it a shooter !
    Like most things, it's value is what someone will pay for it. While 40X actions have a following, they are, in fact, no better than a garden variety Rem 700. With a used benchrest rifle I usually add up the value of it's parts and maybe throw in something for appearance and past performance. In this case, the action is worth maybe $500 tops, the stock about $250 and if it is a jewell trigger, that's another $150. A used barrel has little value. It could be worth a grand to someone. Best value is probably to you. If it's a shooter, go out and win some matches. If you are in an area that holds UBR matches you could likely win in Modified Class.
    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
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    Hi guys, new member picked up this Seely Masker rifle, itís on a Remington 40x action. Want to start shooting paper. Any info on this gun any idea on value? It belonged to local bench rest champ. Bought from his grandson hop it a shooter !
    I've had several of those type BR rifles pass through my hands-$750. Good for some club matches. Seely Masker built my first 2 BR rifles. They were the ones that I still need to be shooting.
    He charged me $2033 for a complete rifle built on a Stolle, Hart barrel, Jewell trigger, McMillan, seater, neck gauge, and nutcracker dies. I had to buy my Leupold 36X and Kelbly rings.
    Prices have changed in the few years since then. I still have the letters from Mr Masker during the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Lambert View Post
    I've had several of those type BR rifles pass through my hands-$750. Good for some club matches. Seely Masker built my first 2 BR rifles. They were the ones that I still need to be shooting.
    He charged me $2033 for a complete rifle built on a Stolle, Hart barrel, Jewell trigger, McMillan, seater, neck gauge, and nutcracker dies. I had to buy my Leupold 36X and Kelbly rings.
    Prices have changed in the few years since then. I still have the letters from Mr Masker during the build.
    Thanks for the info. She was built in 83' hope it is a shooter! Thinking its 1in14 twist ? Any idea on bullet wieght or recomended brand of bullets ? Would appreciate any help.
    Thank You Butch !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
    Like most things, it's value is what someone will pay for it. While 40X actions have a following, they are, in fact, no better than a garden variety Rem 700. With a used benchrest rifle I usually add up the value of it's parts and maybe throw in something for appearance and past performance. In this case, the action is worth maybe $500 tops, the stock about $250 and if it is a jewell trigger, that's another $150. A used barrel has little value. It could be worth a grand to someone. Best value is probably to you. If it's a shooter, go out and win some matches. If you are in an area that holds UBR matches you could likely win in Modified Class.
    Rick
    Thanks for info Greyfox. Hope with a lot of practice i will get there!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
    Thanks for the info. She was built in 83' hope it is a shooter! Thinking its 1in14 twist ? Any idea on bullet wieght or recomended brand of bullets ? Would appreciate any help.
    Thank You Butch !
    I'm assuming this is a 6 PPC. Most folks use a 66 or 68gr bullet, some prefer flat base, others boat tail. I shoot both and can tell little difference. To get the best out of it, you will want somebodies custom made bullet. There are quite a few that make good ones. My personal preference is Larry Moore's Hillbilly bullets. If you want his contact, get back to me. Berger's aren't bad for a mass produced bullet and I think you can get Bart's either direct from him or possibly through Sinclair/Brownells.
    I like LT 32 for powder, but some folks prefer N-133. It really should shoot well for you. Enjoy it.

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyfox View Post
    I'm assuming this is a 6 PPC. Most folks use a 66 or 68gr bullet, some prefer flat base, others boat tail. I shoot both and can tell little difference. To get the best out of it, you will want somebodies custom made bullet. There are quite a few that make good ones. My personal preference is Larry Moore's Hillbilly bullets. If you want his contact, get back to me. Berger's aren't bad for a mass produced bullet and I think you can get Bart's either direct from him or possibly through Sinclair/Brownells.
    I like LT 32 for powder, but some folks prefer N-133. It really should shoot well for you. Enjoy it.

    Rick
    Thanks again gonna try some Berger bullets. If it shoots well, I would like Larry's contact info, if is not a shooter going to have new barrel screwed on her. Will pick up some LT 32. Thank you for pointing me in right direction!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
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    Hi guys, new member picked up this Seely Masker rifle, itís on a Remington 40x action. Want to start shooting paper. Any info on this gun any idea on value? It belonged to local bench rest champ. Bought from his grandson hop it a shooter !
    Rooster?! Jim...is that you?

    Justin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra13 View Post
    Rooster?! Jim...is that you?

    Justin
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    No its not Jim, Does he have a similar rifle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
    No its not Jim, Does he have a similar rifle?
    Rooster,

    I saw the "Rooster's Firearms" sign on the bench in your pictures and thought you might be Jim, aka "Rooster", owner of Rooster's Firearms, and former co-worker of mine.

    Justin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra13 View Post
    Rooster,

    I saw the "Rooster's Firearms" sign on the bench in your pictures and thought you might be Jim, aka "Rooster", owner of Rooster's Firearms, and former co-worker of mine.

    Justin
    Sorry , My mom lives in California got me sticker. Rooster is life long nick name. here in the cold New York!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
    Sorry , My mom lives in California got me sticker. Rooster is life long nick name. here in the cold New York!!
    Rooster,


    Ahhh...got it. Your mom probably lives pretty close to me. Central coast Cali area, by chance?

    I have to point out that your rifle has a .262 neck diameter requiring neck turned cases. If you know this already, disregard...

    Seely Masker, aka "The Great Gunsmith", hailed from Getzville, New York, IIRC.

    Justin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra13 View Post
    Rooster,


    Ahhh...got it. Your mom probably lives pretty close to me. Central coast Cali area, by chance?

    I have to point out that your rifle has a .262 neck diameter requiring neck turned cases. If you know this already, disregard...

    Seely Masker, aka "The Great Gunsmith", hailed from Getzville, New York, IIRC.

    Justin
    Justin, I believe it was 54 Woodshire South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra13 View Post
    Rooster,


    Ahhh...got it. Your mom probably lives pretty close to me. Central coast Cali area, by chance?

    I have to point out that your rifle has a .262 neck diameter requiring neck turned cases. If you know this already, disregard...

    Seely Masker, aka "The Great Gunsmith", hailed from Getzville, New York, IIRC.

    Justin
    Mom lives in Atascadero , CA . thanks for info can you recommend a good neck turner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooster View Post
    Mom lives in Atascadero , CA . thanks for info can you recommend a good neck turner?
    Rooster,

    Atascadero, huh? My hometown for the past 25 years. PM me your mom's name...I might know her.

    As far as neck turners, I'll defer to the experts on this forum. I'd suggest starting a new thread on the "General Discussion" thread asking for advice on which neck turner to buy. There is at least 10 metric ass-tons of knowledge on this board about such things.

    And if you've never messed with turned/fitted necks before, inquire if there is somebody on the board here who lives nearby who will help. I can almost guarantee somebody will offer their time and expertise. It is a helpful lot around here.

    Justin

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