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Old January 7th, 2017, 09:11 AM   #1
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Sears/Ted Williams rifles

Just got a hold of a practically new Sears/Ted Williams Model 53 30-06 for $250.
Was that a decent price?
Whats the difference between these and the standard model 70?

Can't find any serial number references to find manufacture date.

Any opinions about these rifles?
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Old January 7th, 2017, 09:35 AM   #2
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That's a beauty!! Usually the difference between the Sears branded rifles and the name brand (Winchester/FN) can be seen in the wood or the finish. Yours looks like it must have the deluxe wood.

Does it have a serial number? If it does, then it is most likely a Post-64 push feed. Is it marked SEARS, Ted Williams or J.C. Higgins? Usually you see J.C. Higgins on the 50's era guns (with no serials) and then Ted Williams (early 60's) before just being SEARS branded to the end of sales in the early 80's.

Nice rifle. Mount up some decent glass and enjoy!!

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That's a beauty!! Usually the difference between the Sears branded rifles and the name brand (Winchester/FN) can be seen in the wood or the finish. Yours looks like it must have the deluxe wood.

Does it have a serial number? If it does, then it is most likely a Post-64 push feed. Is it marked SEARS, Ted Williams or J.C. Higgins? Usually you see J.C. Higgins on the 50's era guns (with no serials) and then Ted Williams (early 60's) before just being SEARS branded to the end of sales in the early 80's.

Nice rifle. Mount up some decent glass and enjoy!!
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It's marked Ted Williams and in smaller script it has a sears model number.

I assume it's 60's manufacture.

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Yes, early '60s. Ted Williams was their spokesman about that time. His picture was on everything outdoor that Sears sold, from baseball (of course), to fishing tackle and hunting gear and clothing. -Lloyd

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Old January 7th, 2017, 10:50 AM   #5
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You probably did quite well....

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Old January 7th, 2017, 11:54 AM   #6
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Sears stopped all firearms sale in 1980 . If I remember right the Ted Williams line was the "best" of their line of good, better, best.
I think Ted William's "best" line soldiered on into the mid 70's though they had faded out more and more every year since his heyday of the early 60's.
But I've slept a lot since then
Most of the old store brands from Sears, Montgomery Wards or Western Auto didn't have as pretty wood as yours ,
sometimes they had beech stocks instead of walnut , the finishes often weren't as polished ,
or other cost cutting features were used compared to the original makers line to meet the chain stores price point.
Sale prices of these firearms is usually based more on shootability and less on collectability.
$250 for a nice looking bolt action deer rifle in 30-06 , with that in mind I think you did good . The $64,000 Question remains,
How does she shoot? If she shoots as good as she looks you got a real good deal for a hunting rifle.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 12:13 PM   #7
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Yep , the only diff was the markings. OTOH , a Ted Williams is a half-priced (but not 1/2 quality) Win 70 that will be used for it's intended purpose , rather than be tucked away for collector value.

My Mom worked at Sears as a catalog sales operator answering phones and taking orders ("Sears catalog sales , may I help you?) in the 60's and when my Dad would go to pick her up , he'd send me in to get her , but I'd always get 'lost' in the tool or gun dept.

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BTW Your Ted Williams rifle was made after 1964' .

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Old January 7th, 2017, 04:29 PM   #9
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I'm not familiar with the model 53, but I own two JC Higgins model 50's, one in 30-06, the other one is a 270. They are my favorite bolt guns.

The Model 50's were built on FN actions. Sears had Hi-Standard install barrels with chrome-lined bores on them, then stuck them in Fajen stocks. Sweet.

Sears used to have some really neat stuff.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 04:38 PM   #10
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FWIW, both of my model 50's have serial numbers on the right side of the receiver ring and below the wood line.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #11
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That rifle is in nice shape I think you did good! Let us know how it shoots.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 07:54 PM   #12
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If it has a blind magazine and no floor plate its the same as a Winchester Model 70A.
Nice looking rifle for a great price.

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