"Model 23"

Hamilton Rifle web page updated Feb. 07

The Model 23 was the first bolt action rifle made by Hamilton. The receiver is a steel tube with the loading port in the top where the barrel joins. The bolt is 7-3/4” long and the bolt handle is at the extreme end. Unlike the usual bolt action, this bolt handle does not lock into a receiver notch. The locking knob has to be manually operated for it to lock in. Two types of stocks can be found on this model a rounded oval pattern or a thin board type with slightly rounded edges.

RIFLE MARKINGS:
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SPECIFICATIONS:
Mechanism Type: bolt action single shot.
Weight: 3 lbs.
Over-All Length:341/2"
Barrel length: 15”
Sights:Bead Front,Adjustable peep rear
Finish:Blued
Mfd. Date’s: 1905-1910
App. Mfd.: 25,200
"NO" Rifle Parts or Drawing

Rifle Value's Updated 2/23/07:
Poor $75/ Fair $175/ Good $230/ Very Good $310/ Fine $335 / Excellent $390/ Factory New/$450

Note: Rifle values are Estimations based on dealers and collectors input and NRA Antique Condition Standards.

NRA ANTIQUE CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS

Factory New - all original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

Excellent - all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

Fine - all original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.

Very Good - all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

Good - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or reblued; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Fair - some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or reblued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Poor - major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative, generally undesirable as a collector’s firearm.

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