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Cody Ballard 3F Gallery Rifle
Sep 1st, 2017 at 1:22am
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This is beautiful.  They did some very nice work.

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Re: Cody Ballard 3F Gallery Rifle
Reply #1 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 1:29am
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They certainly did!
  

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Reply #2 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 10:20am
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As nice as any original Marlin built Ballard, and with superior metal in the Cody built Ballards! A shame they are no longer available.
  

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Reply #3 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 10:36am
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A beautiful rifle for sure .. yikes!
  
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Taking nothing away from the quality of their product but I think they priced themselves out of business.......(My opinion)

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Reply #5 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 1:01pm
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jhm wrote on Sep 1st, 2017 at 12:10pm:
Taking nothing away from the quality of their product but I think they priced themselves out of business.......(My opinion)

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Well I agree the prices were extremely high at the end. But there was much more than pricing involved in the failure after they sold in 2008. The Michigan company seemed to have a strange method of conducting business.
  

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Re: Cody Ballard 3F Gallery Rifle
Reply #6 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 2:06pm
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Anybody know who made the rear sight?  I initially thought it was MVA but now I'm sure it isn't.  The gold dots on the scale are paint marker and will come off easily.
  
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Reply #7 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 3:13pm
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That's a Ron Long tang sight.
The folks at Cody used them quite often.
I have one on my Cody #7 A-1 Long Range.
I think Ron used to work there.

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Reply #8 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 4:27pm
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sureshot wrote on Sep 1st, 2017 at 3:13pm:
That's a Ron Long tang sight.
The folks at Cody used them quite often.
I have one on my Cody #7 A-1 Long Range.
I think Ron used to work there.

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That's right, of course it is.  Yes, he did work there.
  
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Reply #9 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 5:27pm
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My late friend Fred was a big Cody Ballard fan, and had 5 of them. All had Baldwin front and tang sights. They'd put whatever you wanted on them, or leave sights off and let you put your own on. The fee for them screwing sights in place was a little nutty.
The Schoyen model Cody Ballard I have has Baldwin midrange rear tang sight, and spirit level Baldwin globe front.
  

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Reply #10 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 9:51pm
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That is a nice piece of work!
  

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Reply #11 - Sep 1st, 2017 at 9:59pm
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Somebody in the know should pen an article on the Cody Ballard. It would make a great article for the magazine.
Just sayin............

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Reply #12 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 1:34am
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The rear sight is Remington Walker windgauge sight. Most likely made by Ron Long. They were made by others too, I think. Have been using one on my Ballard this season and really like it. Compact and does not interfere with the brim of my hat.


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Reply #13 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 7:00am
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That is a lovely rifle!!!  I have a Cody 1 1/2 Hunter and except for the weight of the 45-2.6 barrel I like it.
  
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Reply #14 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 9:41am
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My dad had a Cody Ballard 1 1/2 hunter in 32-40. Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside with it.  Barrel was installed backwards. He bought it out of the showcase. It was beautiful though.


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Reply #15 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 11:22am
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Flatlander wrote on Sep 1st, 2017 at 9:59pm:
Somebody in the know should pen an article on the Cody Ballard. It would make a great article for the magazine.
Just sayin............

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John Dutcher did a pretty good job of covering the Cody Ballard company in his book. I think an article on the history, and details of the company's business to the end would indeed be good reading! Somebody should contact Steve Garbe and see if he'd cooperate in helping to get it correct!
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Reply #16 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 6:02pm
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marlinguy wrote on Sep 1st, 2017 at 1:01pm:
jhm wrote on Sep 1st, 2017 at 12:10pm:
Taking nothing away from the quality of their product but I think they priced themselves out of business.......(My opinion)

JMH


Well I agree the prices were extremely high at the end. But there was much more than pricing involved in the failure after they sold in 2008. The Michigan company seemed to have a strange method of conducting business.

Indeed. My understanding is that the owner back in MI was not the owner while in WY. If they still made them I would likely purchase one.
  

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Reply #17 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 6:25pm
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I recall looking at the #3 and #F Gallery rifles on the Ballard Arms site, just before the company stopped doing business. The base price for the #3 was $3800, pretty pricey for an absolutely plain jane single trigger rifle. With fancier wood , checkering, and better sights, I would expect the price would have been in the high $4000's.
  
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Reply #18 - Sep 2nd, 2017 at 10:10pm
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40-82Hepburn wrote on Sep 2nd, 2017 at 6:25pm:
I recall looking at the #3 and #F Gallery rifles on the Ballard Arms site, just before the company stopped doing business. The base price for the #3 was $3800, pretty pricey for an absolutely plain jane single trigger rifle. With fancier wood , checkering, and better sights, I would expect the price would have been in the high $4000's.


The price tag on my .22LR Schoyen model was $4600 in 2004. The last price I saw on the same gun before they closed their doors was around $6700.
Those are pretty spendy guns, but try to find an original in similar condition and see what they sell for.
  

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