Frequently Asked Questions

What is my Baker worth?
The stock answer for all antique guns is whatever somebody will pay on any given day. These are collectors items and price is determined by the demand for the gun. The range for Bakers can be from the low $100's for an average condition Batavia Leader to well over $10,000 for a pristine De Luxe.
The factors which determine value are Model, Condition, and Gauge. In general, smaller gauges bring a primium over the more common 12 gauge. The Model is pretty obvious. The relatively plain guns are worth far less than the ornate high grade guns.
Condition is the most contoverial of the pricing factors. Collectors by and far prefer guns that have not been "molested" in any way. That is they are entirely original in dimensions, especially of the stock and barrles. Cut barrels markedly reduce the value of a gun. Professional cleaning and touching up a gun may not reduce and may even enhance value. However, amateur cleaning and restoration has led to the ruin of many guns.
The best way to determine the value of your gun is to contact Baker experts. Just click on the contact section of the web site. For accurrate information good photos are a necessity.

Where can I get a Baker?
A starting point is to look at the on line gun sale sites. Some of the sites are available in the Links section of the web site. Bakers are seen at local and regional gun shows and examples are found in estate auctions. The moderators of the web site may be able to help you out if there is something specific you are after.

Should I alter or restore my Baker?
This is a touchy question as there are those who feel that these antique guns should never be changed. See the above section on value if considering permanently altering a gun. This will inevitably result in a loss in value. However, a gun in such poor condition can be helped with professional restoration. However, this should only be undertaken by those who are not only familiar with gun restoration, but have a knowledge of Baker shotguns.

Can I shoot my Baker?
Quite possibly. However, before shooting any of these guns the gun should be examined by a competent gun smith. And I don't mean the guy at the local sporting goods store who knows how to change the barrels on a Remington 870. Even if a competent smith tells you the barrels and wood are in good order for shooting we recommend only shooting low pressure (6500 psi) or less loads. If you don't load your own these loads are readily available from RST, Polywad or New Era on the internet. The barrels may hold up, but remember the wood is on the average 100 years old. Firing high pressure loads markedly increases your chances of ending up with a gun that is now worth far less than before the trigger was pulled.