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Walnut Stox
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I'm hoping this is allowed; please tell me if it's not and I'll remove the post.

I'm looking for a post-war, British-made, Milbro Diana air rifle in .177 calibre to replace one I had as a boy in the 1970s. It had a pale stock, iron sights (no scope rail) and a break barrel with a wedge (not ball bearing) breech closure mechanism.

It looked exactly like the one in the photos by @garvin in this post: https://forum.vintageairgunsgallery.com/postid/2453/

My parents flogged it without my permission in about 1979 and I'm still smarting about it!

If you know anyone who has one for sale, I'd love to know.

Thanks, Nick.

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Topic starter Posted : 5th April 2020 10:28
Garvin
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These are nice enough rifles, but it might be worth looking for the authentic prewar Diana 27 (1930s), which Milbro copied instead? They come up from time to time if you are patient - probaby more often than the British-made version you had in the '70s, which were made in comparably small quantities, I suspect.

This is because the plans they inherited when Millard Bros bought the remains of Diana's production after the War, which were seized by the Allies as war reparations, were based entirely on the prewar Diana machinery and designs.

Then again, if it's pure nostalgia that's driving your quest, then only the Milbro will do!

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Posted : 5th April 2020 18:55
Walnut Stox
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Thanks, but yes it’s about the nostalgia. I know the pre-war guns are better, but theoretically one could buy any number of guns which would be better. I’d just like to shoot a Scottish Milbro Diana 27 again!

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Topic starter Posted : 5th April 2020 20:15
Walnut Stox
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@garvin Would you mind if I asked your expert advice? Someone on another forum has offered me a Milbro Diana Model 27 in good condition for £250 plus delivery. Would you say that's a fair price? Thanks very much for your help.

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Topic starter Posted : 13th April 2020 22:00
Garvin
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@walnut-stox

Sounds very steep to me unless it's mint, as new and boxed, to be honest. Even £150 is a high price unless it's in very good condition, with few signs of wear.

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Posted : 13th April 2020 23:53
Walnut Stox
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@garvin Thanks - I suspected that might be the case. Do let me know if you ever decide to sell yours; I’d give it a good home!

Nick

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Topic starter Posted : 14th April 2020 08:04