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 Post subject: Arrieta 540?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:54 am 
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Hello. I’m completely new to Spanish guns. I’ve been looking for a 28g SxS, and a friend says he has an Arrieta 540 (yes, 540) for sale. It’s lightly used. He wants $5,000 for it. I can find no information on this model, however. Can the experts tell me anything about it? How does it compare to the models the other Spanish houses make, such as the AyA No.2 or to the Arrieta 570? Thanks very much for your help.

Steve in NC





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 Post subject: Re: Arrieta 540?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:39 pm 
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I'll take a stab at this. First, I've never seen anything in the Arrieta 5XX line less than the model 557. The 557 is the most basic Arrieta from an engraving / finishing standpoint and those I see for sale today seem to average about $3,000 for a selling price even in "as new" condition. 28 gauges will bring a premium however so a 557 might fetch $3,500 or so.

The 5XX models are non self-openers and the higher the model number the better the engraving and level of finish.

The 8XX models (except for the 871) are self-openers and of higher quality overall.

I think you need to request good close-up pictures of the engraving and be picky about how well figured the wood is before you commit to what he's asking. It could be there was a 540 model, possibly made for the European market for example, that was considered top notch, but I would question why they would designate a lower model number to it than the 557 if it's a better gun.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Arrieta 540?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:30 pm 
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Thanks for your reply. Anyone else?

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Arrieta 540?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:58 pm 
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I would call Orvis and talk to Greg Carpiniello, the gunroom manager because Orvis used to import Arrietta. He might be able to help plus I bet he has some very nice SXS 28 gauges from other makers that would be viable contenders for you.

What is the basis for your friend establishing that price? If you can't find a comparable sale, then as been suggested you need clear pictures to see if it is "worth" that price. What features does it have? Double triggers or single/selective, ejectors, round action, type of butt treatment (pad, checkered, skeleton, heel toe plates), type of bolting system, etc. Most importantly does it fit YOU?

I think there are some very nice SXS 28 gauges available at or near that price so it would have to be something special to garner that value. The basic question is whether it was a "higher" grade Arrieta initially. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Arrieta 540?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:24 am 
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What is the date code on the gun's watertable (alpha-numeric from 1955 to 1998, after that the last two digits of a 4 part s/n)?

In 1982, Arrieta listed the following models in ascending quality: Models Titan, Alaska, Palomera, 500, 501, 505, 510, 550. 557, 558, 560, 570, 575, 578, 585, 590, 600, Lieja, Regina and Imperial. There was no model 540 offered that year. By 1985 models 801, 802 and 803 had been added to the line.

Its possible that model Titan, Alaska or Palomera was renamed as model 540 or vice-versa.

DF

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