Matt, I totally agree,, Stay with the Caliber it was designed for as the Diggers are Milled in tight tolerances and would be a shame to Retro fit Original parts. There is a lot of 303 out there.. FWIW
Really, I don't see a lot of 303 parts but maybe I am not looking hard enough. I would really like a Digger but I am not paying in the $teens for one.
BAR and M2 were ok prices even after the 20% premium.
but wow the 08/15 that sold for $3850 after 20% was a mess. how could anyone justify that price point.
Yes the BAR looked like an good deal to me. I have wanted a WWI 1918 pattern gun for a long time but the prices of them are double a Group gun. However I am not a big fan of a bipod on this gun and I like the way Browning did it!
Yes the Maxim was crazy. First, I did not see it come with paperwork... and I am going out on a limb here... but I think it almost for sure should have been on paper as there are not exceptions for relics, even if this is a relic... I mean it had cool battle damage but still... I have seen registered 08/15 shells sell for less and not that long ago.
i looked at some parts lots, but they went pretty high, even though they got interesting parts in them. they will also charge thru the nose for shipping, but thats nothing compare to the prices these went for. on the other thought - someone must've needed them really bad.
im building up a digger kit from parts that i have, anyone has spares? like grip, cut receiver, barrels? and whatever internals they came with?
Some of them did go a bit high. I was really disappointed not to get the auction with the Jap barrel. I have a Type 96 but I wanted to use the parts off it to make a 7.62x39 barrel for my Type 96. https://centurionauctions.hibid.com/lot/45609801/wwii-machine-gun-barrel-lot-of-5
I don't know what the MG34 tanker jacket in that condition is worth. Also the big barrel at the bottom is a 1895 Digger barrel I think?
This lot had a Jap Type 99 mag in it which was worth the price of the entire lot if you need one. I don't even know the all the rest of the mags but assume they are near worthless it still was not to bad:
There was a TON of value in this lot. Lots of good parts but none I just had to have. I think I was second high bid here:
This had a few good items in it but again, nothing I had to have:
One of my big complaints is that they mixed the Digger, Hotchkiss, and Jap parts almost equally between the lots!
I thought this was a bit high given the condition of the digger parts:
I bought this one. First that T-Gewehr bolt is worth the price of everything if you ask me. The Digger front end has good value. Hotchkiss, Jap 99 and MP44 bolt carriers are worth a good bit. Sure some AK items stuck in there... I was very happy with this lot for $1200 (out the door)
I also bought this one. On the right side is a T-Gewehr Barrel ring/Bipod adapter. Again almost worth the price of the auction if you ask me. Then the digger bolt carrier and bolt I believe on the upper right. Some Jap Type 99 on the bottom left, Tommy bolts and even a Maxim feedblock slide. Plus all the minor stuff... again not a bad deal if you ask me.
Shipping was $64 insured for my two lots. Not cheap but not out of the world expensive.
You know, I am 36 year old and this stuff is getting harder and harder to find. At this point I am buying parts for guns I don't even own... YET!
Hotchkiss 1914, Digger, T-gewehr... guns that I plan to add eventually.
That said, if you see a part in either of the ones I bought that you really need, let me know.... fair chance I will sell.
I feel really good about my Digger after seeing that Maxim mess!!
Yeah, I can't disagree. If you can find a good 303 kit and get that original barrel out without to much mess, you will have a pretty cheap Digger. I wish it was in 30-06 or 54r as I would have run you up to about $6k or more...
I just really don't want to get into 303 as I really don't care for British guns for some reason... they are good guns but I just don't really like them that much...