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What value on a BSA Mercury S - Bit tatty !

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Hudson, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Hudson

    Hudson Active Member

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    The stock is good but the metal work is all pitted with rust etc, not been loved a lot, does shoot ok and is in .22 Cal.

    Can anybody venture a rough value.

    Ta.
     
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  2. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    £50 max
     
  3. Hudson

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    Wow, that is lower than i thought.
     
  4. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    their only £150 mint, what was you thinking then?
     
  5. Patrick

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    In its present state,not a lot, as it's not exactly a rarity but would make a good restoration project for someone.Restored to its former glory then that would be different.
     
  6. bhodge

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    Good quality photos and recent chronograph test results would allow a better estimate of the guns basic value to be made...
    Without these, £50 is probably a fair 'ball-park' figure. However if the gun shoots at around (lets say) 10ft.lbs then maybe more like £65 - £75.
    It all depends on how much someone wants that gun...and how much they'd be prepared to pay.
    Post some pics, then ask again!
    :)
     
  7. DUNKS

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    Or how deep the pitting is. Got to be very special gun to fetch much if badly pitted.
     
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    Cheers for that, just to clarify, i don't have the gun, its for sale at a dealers for £145 with 15 to post to an RFD !!! So not such a good price then, thanks for the clarification, i don't want to pay too much should one come up.
     
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    You want to borrow my barge-pole mate?
    Stay away at that price!!!
     
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    +1 for offering the loan of a bargepole
     
  11. johnbaz

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    WOW!!

    he's hoping then :eek::eek:

    Not a Mercury S but rather a Mercury Challenger, I paid £175 for this, it came with a receipt for a full service and parts fitted (New rearsight etc) and it's in beautiful condition :up:

    It's the gun in the centre..

    [​IMG]


    As Said, give it a miss mate as there would probably be another £60/70 for a good reblue :(



    John :)
     
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    Will do, i now know what i should be paying and will not get '' sucked '' in. Thanks for all the info....... a lovely collection there.
     
  13. gedfinn

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    I just have to reply to £50 !!!!!!!!!!
    You could not buy the " Metal " sights for that, ( Check out the spares prices, Excepting they do not have any ? ) & will never have any more .
    These were only fitted to the S models,
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    Stock, £30, piston £20, Cocking mech £20, trigger £25, Barrel/cylinder £30 !!!!! Need I go on.
    £50 does not buy anything in the older airgun market ! Maybe I have it wrong, I am sure you will tell me ?
    PS. I have a set of " Metal sights " & the plastic ones made £39 + £2 post on " That site "

    I may have mentioned it before, But they don,t make old stuff anymore.
    Just a thought ! Ged.
     
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    Fair comment.
    I recently bought an old BSA Meteor as a refurb job for £40. I sold the open sights for £29 + £3 p&p on THE auction site... The rest of the gun was refurbed, and is now fitted with a small scope, and works a treat.
    Last week I bought another old Meteor for £55 inc p&p. Soon, the open sights from that one will also be offered for sale on the same site - I'd expect to get similar money for it.
    We all know that selling parts can be more profitable than selling a complete item. In the spares market its a case of buying 'the parts you need', rather than buying a kit of spares and planning to build a gun from them. Building a gun 'from spare parts' would be prohibitive costwise.
    So, basically I think its a case of - are you selling an old gun...
    OR - are you selling a load of old gun parts?
    You'd pay less for the gun, than you would the parts.
     
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    As above buying an old but non rare airgun for peanuts then spending the same again on a couple of parts is the norm, I sold a 3.5 V6 Shogun a couple of years ago for £500, try building one from parts for the same money
     
  16. valboskie

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    Can anyone tell me what's the difference between a standard mercury and the mercury S
    I have a mercury mk2 1974/78 and its in decent shape a few scratches on the metal work and stock
    But nothing major but no open sights they are missing front and rear the action looks enamel painted rather than blued.is this normal for a mk2 mercury.
    Atb
    David
     
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    Mercury s Blued,thicker heavy barrel,metal sights checkering for end & pistol grip .Mk 2 in satin black.
     
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    I'd throw in my stick with a 5h1tty end on it too - no way I'd pay that for a Mercury - even a minter I'd be loath to part with any more than £120.
     
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    In poor condition £80.00 to £100.00 is more like it,try finding £50.00 rifles anywhere? very lucky to get stuff at those prices.It will be a bit dearer from dealer,try & haggle due to price of a re blue.When sorted they are one of the better BSAs.
     
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    there is a mercury s in mint condition at a local rfd up my way and its sold on commission and the seller wants £275!!!:confused:

    gaz
     

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