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What is the value of a Walther JR Sniper in 308? I know Earls wants $19,000 for one.... how much have they sold for on the open market in USA before?
 

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I don't know that I've ever seen one offered for sale in the USA, outside of Earl's. And Earl thinks that every sale he makes is the one directly responsible for his ultimate retirement package. It's difficult to get an accurate assessment on a firearm when it isn't readily available and bought/sold in the marketplace.

Perhaps Tanfo can provide an assessment on what might be available, and for how much, in Europe?
 

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Lol ... nicely put. So Interarms never brought the sniper or hunter versions of the JR into US?
 

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IMHO, it is not too wise to use Earl as a benchmark for a reasonable asking price. I echo the sentiments posted by S451.
 

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IIRC, Walther only produced 170 or so of these to begin with, and they originally cost $9,000. I recall reading that Earl had 10 or 11 of them in his shop and was offering them for sale for upwards of $75k at one time. But the story may have been apocryphal, seeing as how I read it ... somewhere on the internet. :)
 

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You are talking about the WA2000 .... I am talking about the JR bolt action sniper rifle that preceded it.

And yes Earls still have some WA2000s for 75K a piece for sale, not an internet rumor.
 

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Does anyone know anything of the JR rifle hunting version? I was recently given one by my father and told maybe only 1600 were ever made, but have been unable to find out much. All I could get out of Walther in Germany was that my rifle was made in April 1973 and sold for the equivalent of 600 euros {at 1973 prices}. Guess that is about $3000-4000?? todays equivalent. Mine is a 7x64 with twin triggers, but I understand they also came in .308 and .300 Weatherby magnum. I am not interested in selling it, but am trying to insure it and can't find anything on the internet. I haven't figured out how to attach photo's, sorry.
 

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It's difficult to attach a value to these rifles; you just don't see them on the market often enough to get a firm idea of market prices and what someone might actually agree to pay for one. I'd be sure to insure it for enough money to cover any practical as well as sentimental value that the gun holds for you: something above $5,000, at least, with the ceiling determined by premium raates.

We always like to see pictures, and this will help you with photos:

http://www.waltherforums.com/forum/feedback-comments-issues/10404-tips-shooting-posting-great-photos.html

Welcome to the forum, by the way.
 

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Hopefully I've done this right. My computer-friendly mate is looking over my shoulder. This is a model JR, in calibre 7 x 64. You pull the rear "trigger" to set the front one as a hair trigger of incredible sensitivity. The scope is a Pecar of Berlin 3 x 7 mounted on EAW quick-release swivel mounts. An absolute dream to shoot.
 

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Yes indeed -- you did it exactly right. That's a lovely rifle, with fine photos to boot. Thanks for sharing it. :)

Welcome to the forum, by the way; enjoy your time here.
 

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You are right Dizzy that is not a JR Sniper, that is a JR Hunting rifle that the JR Sniper was derived from. They also had a third model, a JR Taget rifle in .308 that did not have a thumbwhole stock either.
 

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Well, I guess that one idea would be to contact Earl via phone or email and ask him what it would cost you to get one of those rifles from him, were he able to import it for you. That would at least provide you with some sort of base for discussion. You also might try a similar question on the P.38 Forum, where a number of Walther-inclined people hang out. Someone over there might have one and could serve up a notion or two. Sorry that I can't be of more help.
 

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Does Anyone know how many variants of the JR there are? I am aware of the Sniper, which has an external mags, so the sniper can easily change ammo depending on the target, and also a sporting version with the same stock, same action, same barrel yet has internal mags and is used in either UIT or open sight competitions out to 300M over in Europe. There are also the JR light barrel models with lighter stocks and barrels and removable magazines. It would be nice to know how many variants are built on the same action. The JR action was created first as a hunting rifle then the sniper variant was added as a stop gap while the WA2000 was in the design and manufacture stage.....so I understand.

What are the markings on the barrels in the US versions? 7.62? or 308?
 

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I've got the UIT heavy barrel version that I bought in Germany back in the late 70's - early 80's. It came with a Walther brand micrometer rear sight and globe target front sight. My eyes aren't as good as they used to be so the sights came off and a 6-24X scope was put on. Real accurate with handloads but not so with factory fodder
 
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