Make: Herter’s (Manufactured by CZ/Yugoslavia)
Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1960-1979 (Blue Book of Gun Values)
Caliber: .22-250 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with a “CZ” logo and “Made In Yugoslavia”. The right side of the barrel is marked “CAL .22-.250 Herter’s Inc. Model J9”. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “141” and “3”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with two scope mounts, the front marked “46” and the rear marked “45”. The barrel is drilled, tapped and fitted for a rear iron sight. The front of the barrel has a raised ramp, but the sight has been removed, leaving a hole approximately ¼” in diameter with a slotted screw at the bottom.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a light color checkered wood with a Monte Carlo buttstock and cheekpiece. It has sling swivel studs, a black plastic checkered grip cap and a black plastic checkered buttplate marked “Waseca / Herter’s / Minn.”. The stock shows light handling marks, with a small chip at the front of the cheekpiece and two long vertical indentations on the right side. The LOP measures 13 ½” to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is shiny and the rifling is deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There is wear at the muzzle with wear marks on the sides of the front sight ramp. The top of the front sight ramp shows thinning, with thinning on the barrel in the area where the front sight would be located. The barrel also shows minor handling marks, as does the floorplate and trigger guard. The screw heads show no disfigurement except for the screw in the grip cap. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The scope mounts are included with this rifle.
Our Assessment: In the 1960’s and 70’s, Herter’s subcontracted with various manufacturers to produce copies of more famous original models. Although the quality on most guns (like this rifle) was very good, consumer sales were not strong. The receiver on this rifle was obviously copied after a Mauser action. It is a very nice looking rifle, well made and cared for, and with a good bore. If you are into varmint hunting and don’t want to carry around a 14 lb. rifle that requires a bipod to achieve a steady hold, then look no further.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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